GGS Spring Symposium
Resources from our March 22, 2013 Symposium on LGBT and older adults:
Healthy Aging Webinar Now Available
Listen to GGS Board member, Dr. Carol Gardner, deliver a Webinar on Healthy Aging. This is part of a professional development series developed by GGS and LeadingAge Georgia.
If You’re Not at the Table, You’re Probably on the Menu - Kathy Floyd and Jamie Cramer
Listen in as Kathy Floyd, Executive Director of the Georgia Council on Aging, and Jamie Cramer, Senior Services Manager for Gwinnett County discuss the recently ended Georgia Legislative Session.
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.
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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UPDATE: Repositioning of the Division of Aging Services (HB 86) VETOED BY GOVERNOR
On Tuesday, May 12th, GGS legislative priority, the Repositioning of the Division of Aging Services (HB 86) was vetoed by Governor Deal. His reasoning for the veto was "This legislation attempts to merge two agencies with diverse missions and methods of service delivery while failing to align elderly services to the agency whose mission and scope is to deliver human services throughout the state. I welcome the opportunity to revisit the restructuring of Division of Aging Services in the future to create a more tailored alignment of services to agency mission. Accordingly, I hereby VETO House Bill 86." Read more here.
UPDATE: Fighting Elder Abuse (HB 72) Signed by Governor
GGS legislative priority: Fighting Elder Abuse (HB 72) passed out of the House on Wednesday, March 11. It passed the Senate on March 31st, with a vote of 50-0. On May 5th, Governor Deal signed this important piece of legislation.
FY16 Budget Update
The House & Senate have both FY 16 budgets. approved a $21.8 billion budget that exceeds that of FY 2008 for the first time since a national recession hit Georgia hard. Advocates now await the Senate's budget recommendations. Aging highlights include:
- Home and Community Based Services waiting list (House recommendation $1.5 million) (Senate recommendation $1.8 million). The final appropriation per the Conference Committe Report will be $1,728,000.00.
- Provide funds for an Alzheimer's coordinator (House and Senate agreed to an amount of $107,594).
- Increase funds for 11 additional adult protective services caseworkers (House & Senate agreed to an amount of $693,333).
Alzheimer's Disease State Registry Announced
The Georgia Department of Public Health has launched the much anticipated Alzheimer's Disease State Registry. This registry was a key recommendation from the Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias (GARD) State Plan due to the lack of Alzheimer's disease and related dementias data in Georgia.
In an announcement by DPH, they state that:
"The data will be used to assist with elder care planning in Georgia, identify epidemiological trends, bring awareness at the state level of issues that affect healthy aging, and inform stakeholders for future implementation needs. The registry will be populated by a mix of existing data sources from health plans and government repositories, including Medicare and Medicaid, and patient information reported by physicians. The data will allow us to measure the direct impact of dementia on the health of our communities, which may fundamentally impact Alzheimer's disease care in Georgia. By evaluating and reporting the demographic scope of the registry data we hope to increase the potential for positive state-wide health outcomes and influence the management of associated healthcare costs."
GGS supports DPH efforts in asking physicians throughout Georgia to voluntarily submit Alzheimer's and related dementias patient data via the following secure website. You can also find helpful reporting sources here.
The information in the registry will remain confidential and any data provided for research purposes will be de-identified.
Kaiser Family Foundation Issue Brief
Reading the Stars: Nursing Home Quality Star Ratings, Nationally and by Stateand by State
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.
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.
Recognizing Mental Health Issues in Older Adults: The 3 D's - Depression, Dementia, and Delirium
May 27, 2015
White House Conference on Aging Viewing Session
May 28 , 2015
Gwinnett Daily Post Presents the 2015 Generations Expo
June 6, 2015
GGS 2015 Annual Conference: Celebrating 60 Years!
August 3-5, 2015
Young Harris, GA
Abuse in Later Life Coordinator
YWCA of Northwest Georgia
Renaissance on Peachtree
Mercy Care Rome
Athens Community Council on Aging
Aloha to Aging, Inc.
Metro Atlanta, GA