Votes Are In!!
The votes are in and the final tally shows that you overwhelmingly voted to have the CO-AGE attention focused on the Funding for Home and Community Based Services as your Budget Issue for 2015.
Additionally, the three Legislative Issues you chose are:
Increased Elder Abuse Protections
Georgia Adult & Aging Services Agency
Family Care Act
Thanks for participating and making your voices heard!!
Culture Change Summit
The 7th annual Culture Change Summit, "Aging in the 21st Century: A Well-Being Approach" with Dr. Al Power will be held at the Century Center Marriott in Atlanta on August 21st. For details or to register go to: www.CultureChangeGA.org
Georgia Public Broadcasting airs special on Alzheimer's
Georgia Public Broadcasting recently aired an original documentary entitled "Alzheimer's: Hope for Tomorrow, Help for Today". (April 29th air date)
Click here to view this informative program
Georgia Alzheimer's and Related Dementias Task Force
The Georgia Alzheimer's and Related Dementias Task Force held its final public meeting on December 19th at the State Capitol. The Task Force, working diligently since June, is comprised of a six member committee that includes, as its chair, Dr. James Bulot the Director of the Division of Aging Services, Senator Renee Unterman, Representative Tommy Benton, Representative Sharon Cooper, Commissioner of Public Health, Brenda Fitzgerald, and Commissioner of the Department of Community Health, Clyde L. Reese.
The Task Force will produce an Alzheimer's and Related Dementia State Plan to be submitted to the State legislature by March 31, 2014. At that time the Task Force will be converted into Council status, in perpetuity, where its role will be to move the State Plan forward.
Georgia Audit of Medicaid Home and Community Based Services for Elderly and Physically Disabled
The Georgia Department of Audits and Accounts released a Performance Report titled "Home and Community Based Services for Elderly and Physically Disabled" on June 29, 2012. Read the Report
CO-AGE Meeting Webcasts Are Available
Coalition of Advocates for Georgia’s Elderly (CO-AGE) met at Mercer University in Macon on July 25, 2013 and at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah on October 3, 2013. The webcasts of both meetings are Available Here
Georgia Budget and Policy Institute--Annual Budget Analyses
The annual report states, "The governor’s budget proposals for the next 17 months do not meet the growing needs of Georgia’s most vulnerable children and adults. In some cases they place them even more at risk. The state’s spending plans will make it more difficult for the Department of Human Services (DHS) to fulfill its mission of protecting and supporting children, low-income families and the elderly."Learn More
"At Risk Adult Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation in Georgia: Review and Recommendations"
This white paper, submitted in May, 2013, by the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police serves to gather facts and provide recommendations regarding these crimes against the "At Risk Adult" population. To view the white paper click here.
Legal Needs Assessment
To see the results of the "Legal Needs Assessment of Vulnerable Seniors", completed by the Georgia Senior Legal Hotline through a three year grant from The U.S. Administration for Community Living/Administration on Aging (ACL/AoA) under its Model Approaches program (learn more)
"Elder Abuse: Hiding in Plain Sight"
If you missed this May 2013 Georgia Public Broadcasting program on elder abuse you can view it by clicking here (learn more)
Senior Issues Newsletters
To view the previous 2 years, including the most recent edition, click here
CO-AGE Meeting Dates
To view upcoming meeting dates click here