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GCOA's Senior Issues Newsletter

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Senior Issues Newsletter June 2024

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Governor Kemp Signs FY 2025 Budget


On Tuesday, May 7th, Governor Brian Kemp signed the fiscal year 2025 budget, HB 916. He stated that "The yearly budget is the biggest demonstration of our priorities and the biggest tool we have to serve the people of our state." The final amount allotted for Non Medicaid Home and Community Based Services will be, an increase of $550,000 from last year. Additional aging related funding will include $6/hour rate increases for some direct care workers.


Due to the advocacy efforts of CO-AGE and it's partners we are pleased to see the increase in funding to support the aging population for 2025 during the Legislative Session. Read the press release on the budget 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!

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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The North Georgia Elder Abuse Task Force Foundation welcomed GCOA Executive Director, Debra Stokes, and other state leaders to discuss care challenges facing Georgia’s older adult population. Read the news article HERE. World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is June 15! 


CO-AGE Chair and CEO of the Athens Community Council on Aging (ACCA), Eve Anthony, and ACCA staff were all smiles at their annual retroProm fundraiser, which raised over $75,000! All proceeds go directly toward supporting older adults in the community by helping provide funding for transportation, meal assistance, caregiver support, wellness classes, employment opportunities, social activities and more. Read about it HERE.


GCOA Chair, Patti Lyons, has been elected to the National Alliance to end Homelessness. Read about their cause HERE. She was also recently invited to Washington DC to speak with government leaders about aging.

GCOA in the Com

Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month

Every June, the Alzheimer's Association spearheads Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month. Nearly 7 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's. The disease may begin 20 years or more before memory loss and other symptoms develop. Staying on top of your brain health is key. Read more about it HERE.

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