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GCOA's Senior Issues Newsletter

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Senior Issues Newsletter September 2022


Work Groups Are Starting Soon!

One of the greatest benefits to being a CO-AGE member is the opportunity to participate in issue work groups. Now that the 2023 priorities have been selected, monthly work groups will be created for each issue to help flesh them out and determine the best strategies for advocacy. 


CO-AGE Issue work groups are critical to the success of our advocacy efforts as we prepare for the upcoming legislative session. It is easy to join a work group and, to keep you safe, the meetings will be held via Zoom.

The kick-off meeting schedule for each work group is as follows:

Medicaid in Assisted Living: 9/7 at 10 am

Funding for Home and Community Based Services: 9/14 at 2pm

Teledentistry: 9/19 at 2pm

Work & Save Program: 9/29 at 10 am

Email Eric Ryan at to participate! 

Virtual Team Meeting

2023 CO-AGE Priorities

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Three new issues join the GCOA perennial budget issue: Home and Community Based Services. Congratulations to those whose issues were chosen! GCOA would like to thank everyone who submitted an issue. We encourage those who were not selected, or were unable to get a submission in, to start planning early to have an issue considered for the 2024 legislative session. The next call for issues will go out in April 2023. 

Visit for the 2023 issue summaries and see the schedule above for information on work group meetings.

Work Groups

GGS Conference

Council members and GCOA staff alike had a wonderful time at the 67th Annual Georgia Gerontology Society (GGS) Conference. Aging advocates, colleagues, and students from across the state gathered to share in the power of "storytelling as a catalyst for growth." 

GCOA Legislative Chair, Maureen Kelly led a session called "Interventions Targeting Social Isolation" while GCOA Executive Director and Deputy Director alongside advocacy partners of the Alzheimer's Association, led a session called "Storytelling for Advocacy to Inspire Collective Action."

In Memoriam

DAS Corner

The Georgia Council on Aging remembers the incomparable Mrs. Lorene Lindsey. Mrs. Lindsey has been a faithful member of GCOA since August 2011. She was appointed to the Council by then Department of Human Services Commissioner, Clyde Reese.

Lorene was a fierce advocate and the pride of the Aging network and Henry County. She was elected in 2000 as the first female mayor of Locust Grove at the age of 78. Even in her late 90’s, Lorene never hesitated to advocate for the rights of older Georgians. At 99 years old, Lorene checked another item off her bucket list by flying in a hot air balloon! She enjoyed a variety of lively recreational activities.

Always full of smiles, hugs and energy, Lorene passed just 31 days before her 100th birthday. Mrs. Lindsey will always take her place in our hearts as a legend in the aging world.

You can read her full obituary HERE.

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National Senior Center Month

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Celebrated every year in September, Senior Center Month is a time to shine a light on senior centers, showing the entire nation how vital they are to the health and well-being of a community. Senior centers provide countless hours of support and encouragement to older adults, and have become integral to health care delivery in our communities by providing COVID-19 guidance, vaccine education, and vaccinations to their participants. And they've played a role in addressing an issue that we all knew was important even before the pandemic: social isolation. 

Learn more about this special observance on the National Council on Aging website HERE.

Save the Dates

Intern Wanted

Intern Wanted

Save the Dates

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

Apply through the Division of Aging Services website by clicking HERE or by contacting Nikaela Frederick at

College Students
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Intern Wanted

Last Call for Fall Intern 


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