April 17 - 21, 2017

ENGAGE with CO-AGE was a great success this year! GCOA volunteers hosted meetings throughout Georgia. These meetings were held in communities throughout the state to share updates on CO-AGE's advocacy from the past legislative session and begin preparing for the next session. In each ENGAGE meeting  participants were able to:

  1. learn about CO-AGE (Coalition of Advocates for Georgia's Elderly)
  2. hear more about what legislation affecting aging Georgians passed and what did not in the 2017 General Assembly, and
  3. find out how to influence upcoming senior issues 

While ENGAGE has passed, you can still get our updates on the issues by watching the videos below! 

 

HCBS Funding

Watch the above video for an update on the additional $13 million in funding for senior programs! 

Family Care Act

This legislative priority will help working caregivers provide care for their parents, grandparents, spouse, children, or grandchildren. 

Transportation Funding

This funding would have allowed Area Agencies on Aging to test innovative transportation solutions. 

Abuser Registry

This legislative priority focused on the broader goal of creating a registry to list all caregivers who have committed substantiated cases of abuse.

Oral Healthcare

This legislative priority will increase access to oral healthcare in safety-net settings. 

Other Issues

  • The Uniform Power of Attorney is helpful in preventing financial exploitation of elders.
  • HB 343 updates the language of Georgia law to remove the hurtful term “retarded.”
  • SB 186, will help grandparents taking care of grandchildren enroll in school and go on field trips.