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Senior Issues Newsletter July 2022


See You on July 14th!

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The July 14th CO-AGE meeting is just around the corner! This will be the first in-person CO-AGE meeting since 2019! The Early Bird rate of $25 ends on July 10th. Join us in Macon, the Cherry Blossom Capitol of the World and home to several music legends. Come enjoy the city, hear important updates on aging and advocacy in Georgia, network, and enjoy a homestyle buffet lunch. We can't wait to see you!


CO-AGE Voting 

The potential 2023 CO-AGE priorities will be ready for your voting consideration on July 15th. Remember, only members of the Coalition of Advocates for Georgia's Elderly (CO-AGE) with individual or organizational memberships can vote for issues. CO-AGE members will receive the ballot via e-mail.


Happy 4th of July

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DAS Corner


If you’re looking to make a difference in the lives of Georgia’s most vulnerable, visit the Department of Human Services on July 12 at Atlanta Metropolitan State College. Interviews will be held from 3-7 p.m., and job offers will be made on the spot. There are openings in aging services, finance, human resources and more. To search all job openings and learn more, visit: https://dhsjobs.dhs.ga.gov/Public/Home/Index

Did you know that Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in Georgia? Help your fellow Georgians by spreading awareness about dementia screening programs and resources. Learn more here:



GCOA in the Community


GCOA Deputy Director, Nikaela Frederick attended the 14th Annual Elder Abuse Conference in Augusta on June 16th. Attendees heard from a variety of speakers from district attorneys to forensic specialists from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Full story HERE.

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GCOA Executive Director, Debra Stokes, spoke at the Virtual ADRC Healthy Communities Summit on a panel called "Addressing the Workforce Shortage" on June 16th. She provided a legislative perspective suggesting a top down approach to the issue.


GCOA Legislative Chair, Maureen Kelly, hosted a successful Social Isolation Forum presented by Thanks Mom and Dad Fund and CVS Health on June 21st. Headline speakers included AARP Foundation Interim President/Senior Vice President of Programs, Emily Allen, and Aetna Market President, Cindy Follmer.


Save the Dates

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Are you a current college student or do you know a current college student who has an interest in Gerontology? GCOA is looking for an intern for the Fall 2022 semester. 

Apply through the Division of Aging Services website by clicking HERE.

College Students

Gerontology Intern Wanted


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