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Watch the July CO-AGE Meeting Below!!

Important Information on COVID-19

It has been reported that the populations that are most at risk of getting very ill from COVID-19 are older adults and individuals with serious chronic medical conditions. As advocates for older adults, we want to make sure that we work to protect these populations by providing information on how to get ready for COVID-19 and how to reduce risk of exposure. 

Please read the links below for information regarding COVID-19 and how to keep yourself and your loved ones safe. 

Several stores in Georgia are adjusting their store hours to accommodate people over the age of 60, who are at higher risk of novel coronavirus infection according to the CDC. Click HERE to see what stores are participating and the special hours that have been designated to serve our older adult population.

If you are unable to leave your home, or are experiencing financial difficulties click HERE for

resources on where to get food help now.

Low income, elderly and disabled Georgians will receive assistance with cooling their homes beginning on April 1, 2020.

Click HERE for information on Georgia utility assistance.

As a community nonprofit pharmacy, Good Pill is launching a free medication program to provide

3 months of medications, at no cost,

to new patients who have been impacted by COVID-19.

Medications will be delivered to the patient’s door.

Click HERE for more information. 

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Senior Week 2020 was a Huge Success!!!

Over 600 people come to the Capitol during Senior Week to advocate on behalf of themselves and seniors across the state. We all wore our green scarves with pride and spread the word about the needs of elders in Georgia. Even though the legislature was not in session, seniors were able to connect with many legislators. We are thankful to the legislators who stopped by the Floyd Ballroom to speak with the seniors and to show their support for the CO-AGE priority issues. 

 

GCOA and CO-AGE would also like to give a special thanks to our generous sponsors who helped to make the event possible. 

Please enjoy the photo gallery from this year!

July CO-AGE Meeting

GCOA and CO-AGE held their first ever virtual CO-AGE meeting on July 9th and it was a great success! 324 people tuned in on the day of the event, and that number has increased to more than 680 total views of the video! This is very exciting for CO-AGE given the uncertainty of when an in-person meeting may be able to happen again. DHS Commissioner, Robyn Crittenden, and DAS Director, Abby Cox, gave viewers important updates regarding state funding, how DAS plans to move forward with the FY 2021 budget and how they are continuing to serve Georgians amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

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October CO-AGE Meeting

The October CO-AGE meeting, held at the Lanier Charter Career Academy on October 24, 2019 in Gainesville, Georgia was a huge success. Sen. Butch Miller kicked off the meeting expressing his  support  for  CO-AGE  and  our  continued  advocacy efforts.

Additional speakers included: Abby Cox (Director of  the  Division  of  Aging  Services),  Council  Member Sharise Thurman  (Heartis  Suwanee  Senior  Living), Becky  Kurtz  (Atlanta Regional  Commission), Melanie McNeil (State Long-Term Care Ombudsman),  MaryLea Boatwright  Quinn  (Alzheimer's  Association - Georgia Chapter), and Eve Anthony (Athens Community Council on Aging). The 2020 CO-AGE priorities were discussed along with how to get involved in advocating for Georgia seniors. 

Events

Stay informed as we keep you up-to-date on important state government events and GCOA news.

October CO-AGE Meeting

October 29, 2020 @ 10am

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GCOA in Action

Throughout the year, GCOA advocates to bring awareness to issues affecting older Georgians. GCOA established the Coalition of Advocates for Georgia's Elderly (CO-AGE) to be a forum through which the concerns of older Georgian's are identified and addressed. By joining CO-AGE, you can be a part of the vehicle for bringing broad-based input on aging issues from across the state. 

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