The Coalition of Advocates for Georgia's Elderly (CO-AGE) was begun and is lead by the Georgia Council on Aging to be
… a forum through which the concern of older Georgians are identified and addressed,
… a vehicle for bringing broad-based input on aging issues from across the state, and
… a diverse group of organizations and individuals, consumers and providers, and persons interested in "aging specific" and intergenerational issues.
… a unifying force for strengthening advocates in their efforts to communicate the importance of providing supportive communities and adequate services and programs for older Georgians.
The CO-AGE Process
CO-AGE is open to any individual, business, organization or agency interested in issues affecting older and disabled adults. Participants are encouraged to voice their concerns, submit their issues for the prioritization process, and engage in joint advocacy efforts.
CO-AGE meets regularly for training concerning aging issues, planning and evaluating advocacy strategies and outcomes, discussing issues which affect the aging community as a whole, and selecting legislative and budget priority issues which CO-AGE will support.
CO-AGE Meeting Schedule
Click here for the CO-AGE Meeting Schedule
The CO-AGE priorities were selected by CO-AGE participants in July for the 2013 Legislative Session.
Summary of Issues brief fact sheet
Legislative Priority Fact Sheets
Department of Aging (PDF)
Create a Georgia State Alzheimer's and Related Dementias State Plan (PDF)
Family Care Act (PDF)
Budget Priority Fact Sheets
Funding for Home & Community Based Services (PDF)
Funding for Adult Protective Services (PDF)
CO-AGE Participation Form
Advocacy Alert Tree
CO-AGE Advocacy Alert Tree The Georgia Council on Aging (GCoA) sends out a few, select and timely alerts to an established email list, especially during the legislative session. This list, the roots of GCoA's "Advocacy Alert Tree", engages volunteers to forward these important messages along to other advocates and interested people. There is strength in numbers and our success lies in the number of constituents who are passing along these alerts to others in their own communities and networks.
Alert Tree volunteers may also be asked to call a list of legislators to take a stand on active issues that are important to Georgia's aging network. Legislative bills are won or lost by engagement and participation. Keeping our issues in front of our lawmakers and encouraging others to do the same is crucial.
Sign up for the Alert Tree so you will receive advocacy alerts by filling out the information form at the bottom of this page. You may also contact us by phone or email and we will fax or mail the form to you.
We hope you will consider joining the GCoA Advocacy Alert Tree!
(404) 657 - 5343.
Advocacy Alert Tree Application (PDF)