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GCOA's Senior Issues Newsletter

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Senior Issues Newsletter July 2024

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Governor Kemp Announces $6M In Grants To 13 Rural Hospitals

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Governor Kemp announced grant awards totaling $6 million to 13 Georgia rural hospitals as part of the Dual Track Rural Hospital Support program. The selected hospitals were awarded between $250,000 and $1 million each to further strengthen access to quality care for Georgia’s rural communities.

The Dual Track Rural Hospital Support Grant is funded through the state’s Rural Hospital Stabilization Grant, which was established in 2014, and has awarded more than $40 million in grant funding for Georgia rural hospitals 

Read the press release on the grant awards HERE.

CO-AGE Announcements


​Anyone interested in advocating with or on behalf of older adults can join CO-AGE. Individual Membership is only $10! Paid members have the distinctive ability to submit and vote on the issues that GCOA and CO-AGE take to the Capitol and they receive reduced rates for CO-AGE events. Join HERE!


Register for the July CO-AGE meeting HERE!

If you are already a member, make sure that your list of CO-AGE organizational members is up-to-date. To report changes or updates to your membership, please contact

Share Your Personal Stories


Budget funding and legislation are greatly influenced by the personal experiences of older Georgians. Legislators want to hear about how you are affected by the budget and current laws of the state. GCOA can't succeed without YOU!! 


Click HERE to see a effective example of a personal story.


GA Department of Human Services Updates

Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Cooling Assistance, administered by the Georgia Department of Human Services’ (DHS) Division of Family & Children Services, is available through July 31, 2024, or until funds are exhausted. This federally funded program assists low-income, elderly, and disabled Georgians with cooling bills through direct payments to home energy suppliers. The application period for LIHEAP Cooling Assistance opened on April 1, 2024, to Georgians aged 65 years of age and older or those who are medically homebound. All other eligible residents are now able to apply as well. More information HERE.


GCOA in the Community

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Georgia Department of Human Services Division of Aging Services held the 25th annual Healthy Aging Conference. The three day conference included seminars and break out sessions on aging related topics where GCOA Executive Director, Debra Stokes gave a presentation on Advocating for Aging Related Policies. Read more on advocating for aging policies HERE

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GCOA Executive Director, Debra Stokes recognized Elder Abuse Awareness Day by advocating in the community.  Read more about the White House Proclamation HERE

GCOA in the Com

                    Social Wellness Month

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Social Wellness Month is celebrated in July each year to encourage the improvement of social well-being and to build healthy relationships. Read more about it HERE.

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