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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
Play Recording

Recruiting and Retaining Direct Care Workers: Implementing Efforts
Led by Dr. Jennifer Craft Morgan, GSU
Play Recording

Recognizing Mental Health Issues in Older Adults
Led by Jocelyn Chen Wise, Fuqua Center for Late Life Depression, Emory University
Power Point Presentation

Stopping Alzheimer's by 2025: A Systems Solution Approach
ResearchersAgainstAlzheimer’s Expert Webinar
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
George Vradenburg
Chairman and Co- Founder,UsAgainstAlzheimer’s

View Power Point here
View Webinar Transcript here

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.

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Congratulations to Amanda J., nominee of the Servant’s Heart Award!
Taken from DHS Facebook Page
Department of Human Services Commissioner Crittenden surprised GGS Board member, Amanda James, with the good news that she had been nominated for the Servant’s Heart Award. The Servant’s Heart Award, presented by the Georgia Children’s Cabinet, sets to recognize people who are making differences in their local communities through volunteerism. The award helps reflect the meaning behind First Lady Sandra Deal’s platform, “With a Servant’s Heart,” which is her commitment to reach all Georgians to spread awareness about the importance of volunteerism. Amanda has been invited on a personal tour of the Governor's mansion and will receive a commendation from the First Lady.

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Pictured below, Amanda J., DHS Commissioner Robyn Crittenden and DAS Director Dr. James Bulot.

Appropriations Bill Including $350 Million for Alzheimer's Research
The Alzheimer's Association, the leading advocate for federal Alzheimer's disease research funding and leading provider of caregiver support, celebrates the announcement from House and Senate appropriations leaders that details their intention to pass the largest increase in history for Alzheimer's research funding $350 million in the FY2016 budget. Read more here.

Innovative Housing & Community Support for Adults with Autism Prize Challenge
Currently, more than 3 million individuals in the US are living with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and around 500,000 of these individuals will be entering adulthood over the next ten years. Autism Speaks is inviting people from around the world, from any background to submit innovative, breakthrough ideas in the following three home and residential support solutions:

  • For individuals who require 24/7 support
  • For individuals who require daily support
  • For individuals who require weekly support

Learn more about the contest, prize and details by clicking here.

GGS Board Member, Ann Williams, Receives National Advocacy Award
Ann Williams has been selected as the recipient for the Janet Tulloch Memorial Advocacy Award for the 2015 Consumer Voice Leadership Awards. This award was established in 2000 after the death of Janet Tulloch, a nursing home resident, author, committed advocate and long-time member of the Consumer Voice’s Board of Directors. It honors a citizen advocate, family caregiver, or long-term care consumer who has worked directly with and for consumers to improve the lives of long- term care consumers.

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.

Lasting Impact for Healthcare Workers: Reflections from Jennifer Craft Morgan
We encounter many inspiring individuals through our work at The Hitachi Foundation. As part of our 30th year reflections, we are reconnecting with those from our network who continue to make a difference in their communities.

This week, we share insights from Jennifer Craft Morgan, lead evaluator for the Jobs to Careers initiative – a collaboration between The Hitachi Foundation and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (with additional support from the U.S. Department of Labor). Jobs to Careers (J2C) used work-based learning strategies to train over 800 front-line workers, the majority of whom achieved pay increases, professional credentials, or college credits.
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Atlanta Center for Medical Research

Atlanta Center for Medical Research (ACMR) provides services that are pivotal to the advancement and treatment of medical illnesses that impact the aging population. Since 1982, ACMR has been a leader in clinical research conducting both inpatient and outpatient trials. Our dedicated and experienced research team conducts a variety of clinical trials involving medical, neurological and psychiatric conditions including but not limited to: high blood pressure, diabetes, fibromyalgia, Post herpetic Neuralgia (Shingles pain), COPD, asthma, depression, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, etc.

ACMR values the ongoing factors that impact older adults including access to medical doctors, transportation, and the rising cost of medications. Therefore complimentary transportation and compensation for time is available for those participants that qualify. All study medications and physician visits are free and insurance is not needed. For more information or to schedule an evaluation please contact ACMR at 404-881-5800 or visit our website at



2016 Senior Week at the Capitol
February 24 & 25, 2016
Atlanta, GA

2016 GGS Annual Conference
August 8-10, 2016
Jekyll Island, GA

Executive Director
Georgia Gerontology Society
Great Atlanta Region

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









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