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May 2015 GGS WebEx Presentations
Recruiting and Retaining Direct Care Workers: Overview of the Issues
Led by Dr. Jennifer Craft Morgan, GSU
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Recruiting and Retaining Direct Care Workers: Implementing Efforts
Led by Dr. Jennifer Craft Morgan, GSU
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Recognizing Mental Health Issues in Older Adults
Led by Jocelyn Chen Wise, Fuqua Center for Late Life Depression, Emory University
Power Point Presentation


Gwinnett Senior Food Security Project
Click here to watch some of the good work going on at Gwinnett County Senior Services as they feed homebound older adults.

Health Brain Initiative
Want to Learn More about CDC's Health Brain Initiative? Click here. Dr. Lynda Anderson presented an overview of the program at our 10/30 Community Conversations event. Click here for her slides.

Selfhelp Innovations
David Dring, Executive Director of Selfhelp Innovations, delivered two powerful presentations at the 11/6 Technology & Aging Summit. Click here for his workshop powerpoint and here for his luncheon keynote.

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GGS Annual Conference Presentations Posted
The presentations for the 60th Anniversary Conference were top notch! Click here to view them.

Mary MacKinnon Leaves an Ageless Legacy in the Gerontology Institute
The lengthy list of endowed scholarships at Georgia State reads like a who’s who of distinguished alumni, beloved professors, and loyal friends of the university.

It’s rarer for administrative professionals to be honored in such a way, but for the late Mary MacKinnon, it makes perfect sense. Co-workers, program alumni and even former directors agree that almost nobody can match the impact MacKinnon made on the lives and careers of students at Georgia State’s Gerontology Institute. Read more here.

GAO Report Finds Great Need For OAA Programs
The General Accountability Office (GAO) released a report, "Older Americans Act (OAA): Updated Information on Unmet Need for Services," which found that many older adults may need--but do not receive--meals and home-based care services, like those provided under the OAA. This is due, in part, to the fact that the funding level of OAA services has not kept up with need.

A copy of the GAO report can be found here.

AGHE Call for Abstracts!

Join AGHE March 3 to 6, 2016, in beautiful Southern California for AGHE’s 42nd Annual Meeting and Educational Leadership Conference. The conference theme is "Developing Educational Leadership in Gerontology Worldwide." Submit your abstract today for presentation at this preeminent national forum for discussing ideas and issues in gerontological and geriatrics education.

Kaiser Family Foundation Issue Brief
Reading the Stars: Nursing Home Quality Star Ratings, Nationally and by Stateand by State
by Cristina Boccuti, Giselle Casillas, Tricia Neuman

About 1.3 million people receive care each day in over 15,500 nursing homes in the United States that are certified by either Medicaid or Medicare or both. The federal government requires nursing homes to meet minimum standards as a condition of Medicare and Medicaid payment. Over the years, serious concerns have been raised about the quality of nursing home care and the adequacy of oversight and enforcement.1 Nursing home provisions in the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987 (OBRA 87) were enacted to help address these concerns. Nonetheless, reports of quality problems in nursing homes persist, such as low staffing levels, new pressure ulcers (bedsores), and documented fire hazards.2 These are serious issues given the frailty and vulnerability of nursing home residents. Read more here.

Federal Strategy Needed to Help Ensure Efficient and Effective Delivery of Home and Community-Based Services and Supports
Five federal agencies within four departments fund home and community-based services and supports that older adults often require to continue living independently in their own homes and communities. The Administration on Aging (AoA) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Departments of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Transportation (DOT), and Agriculture (USDA) provide funds, often through state agencies, to local governments and community-based organizations. Read more here.

Kathy Floyd
The Georgia Council on Aging Welcomes New Executive Director

Kathy Floyd came on board as GCoA Executive Director on Monday, February 17th and immediately launched into a full week at the Capitol representing the needs of older Georgians in her new role. Kathy is well known as the Policy Director for AARP Georgia, where she has worked since 1995. She brings tremendous experience as an advocate, a wealth of knowledge about the aging network, deep concern for needs of elders and their families, and respected relationships with policy makers and legislators.

Kathy hails from Henderson, North Carolina and is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor’s degree in History. She completed a Masters in Business Administration in Finance at Georgia State University after relocating to Atlanta. She and her husband have one son, who is a familiar face at the Georgia State Capitol where he has served as a legislative page for Chairman Wendell Willard for a number of years now. We welcome Kathy in her new capacity and look forward to working with her.

FREE EVENT! Improving Diagnosis and Management of Dementia in the Health Care Setting
September 12 , 2015
Atlanta, GA

2015 AACAMH/ARGEC WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE: Ethical Considerations for Identifying, Reporting and Responding to Self-Neglect in the Older Adult Population
September 25, 2015
Atlanta, GA

“Disrupt Infections: Creating a Community of Prevention”
October 5, 2015
Stockbridge, GA

Mending the Gap: Honoring Seniors and Raising Awareness about Elder Abuse and Neglect
"Stil I Rise"

October 17, 2015
Duluth, GA

2015 Technology & Aging Summit
November 12, 2015
Atlanta, GA

2015 Thanks a Million Celebration
November 12, 2015
Atlanta, GA

Director of Marketing
Athens Community Council on Aging
Athens, GA

Program Specialist - Senior Services
Gwinnett County Health and Human Services
Gwinnett County, GA

Outreach Coordinator
University of Georgia
Athens, GA

Part-time Visiting Lecturer in Gerontology
Georgia State University
Atlanta, GA

Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias State Plan Coordinator
Georgia DHS Division of Aging Services
Atlanta, GA

Aging in Place VISTA
Habitat for Humanity International
Atlanta, GA








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