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The Georgia CARE-NET Coalition: the Caregiver's Advocate

Georgia's CARE-NETs are Leaders in Supporting Family and Professional Caregivers in their communities. They are made up of volunteer leaders from a wide range of agencies and organizations, as well as family caregivers and care recipients.

CARE-NETs serve many functions. In particular, they:

  1. Link professional and family caregivers in a supportive community concerned with caregiving.
  2. Identify and study community caregiving strengths and needs.
  3. Implement effective services and educational programs for caregivers.
  4. Organize community-based forums for public feedback on caregiving issues.
  5. Develop a resource capacity for information on caregiving.
  6. Provide a source of support for caregivers.
  7. Foster strong relationships among community leaders concerned about Caregivers
  8. Provide a forum for agencies and stakeholders to work collaboratively, coordinating human and fiscal resources.
  9. Educate the community about caregiving.
  10. Identify policy issues and advocate on behalf of Caregivers.
  11. Work to assure Quality Care in their communities.

Click Here to Find Your Local CARE-NET.

2017 GGS Annual Conference
July 24-26 , 2017
Chateau Elan

Care Consultant
Alzheimer's Association
Savannah, GA

Community Care Services Program Case Manager
SOWEGA Council on Aging
Albany, GA

GeorgiaCares Volunteer Coordinator & Program Assistant
SOWEGA Council on Aging
Albany, GA

Mindful Transitions
Forsyth/North Fulton County Area



Superflex's robot suit is meant to help mobilize aging populations

by Lauren Goode
December 20, 2016

Wearable tech is often geared toward the super-fit or the able-bodied, whether it's tracking intense activities or your basic daily step count, but one company in Silicon Valley is focusing instead on building a “smart” suit for the aging population. Read More...

Crashing at Grandma's? College students to bunk with elderly

December 16, 2016

New York • Ah, college. Halls of ivy. Stimulating class discussions. All-night cram sessions. Sleeping in an old woman's apartment New York University is introducing a program next fall to help students save money by putting them up in elderly people's spare bedrooms. Read More...

This former journalist helps caregivers get to know who their patients once were, before dementia took hold

By Tara Bahrampour
December 15, 2016

Three years ago, when Jay Newton-Small moved her father into a care facility in Sykesville, Md., she was given a 20-page questionnaire to fill out. Her father had Alzheimer's disease, and his fading memory and agitated behavior made it hard for caregivers to understand his needs. But as Newton-Small leafed through the lengthy form, she had a hunch that it was not the best approach. Read More...

Georgia ranked 13th best in elder abuse protection

by Tosin Fakile
December 15, 2016

The state of Georgia is ranked 13th best overall when it comes to elder abuse protection according to a Wallet Hub Study. Kay Hind, Executive Director for SOWEGA Council on Aging said advocates pushed for changes in policy to include making elderly abuse a crime over the last few years. One of those changes involved getting the GBI on board. Read More...

Senior trailblazers honored for positive aging

By Laura Berrios
December 14, 2016

Oscar and Lourdes Dela Cruz moved to Atlanta from the Philippines some 20 years ago because they didn't want to quit working at 60, the mandatory retirement age in their native country. Both found work here and retired at age 70 instead, but they've never really slowed down. Oscar, 79, and Lourdes, 80, who have been married for 54 years, maintain an active lifestyle in Lutheran Towers, a Midtown high-rise community. Oscar is finishing the first year of a two-year term as president of the Resident Council, and both are always looking for ways to help out their neighbors. Read More...


Oldest living Georgian celebrates 112 years

By Blayne Alexander and Jessica Noll
December 9, 2016

It's a day most people rarely get to celebrate. But not Maggie Katie Brown Kidd. She's not only celebrating, she's commemorating the day with an all-out party—and she's breaking some records along the way. Kidd is not a kid anymore. She turned 112 years old on Dec. 8, and she's going all out Friday with another party at the Frank Bailey Senior Center in Riverdale, Ga. She celebrated in November with her family. Read More...

Intimate and Social Relationships Important for Older Adults in Assisted Living, Study Finds

Source Newsroom: Georgia State University
December 7, 2016

Intimate and social relationships remain important for older adults residing in assisted-living facilities, according to a recent study. In a study examining the intimate and social relationships of married and unmarried couples in assisted living, researchers found benefits of late-life couplehood included companionship, support and affection. However, there were some detrimental outcomes, such as feeling the burden of caregiving, feeling defined by one's spouse and having limited choices. Read More...

Young Entrepreneurs Move Into Senior Housing

By Sally Abrahms
December 7, 2016

Living in three different senior housing communities in one year is hardly typical. But then, either is Sameer Dhar, a 23-year old entrepreneur and product designer for older adults.

He and his 20 and 30-something colleagues were creating a sensor called Sensassure that attaches to an incontinence brief (a.k.a. adult diaper). When it detects moisture, it sends a signal via a web-based device to tell staff when a resident needs to be changed. Read More...

Older Americans are happiest in Hawaii, least happy in West Virginia, according to new Gallup ranking

By Tara Bahrampour
December 6, 2016

Despite the creaky knees and reading glasses that come with old age, Americans tend to get happier as they grow older, a new analysis finds. Based on phone surveys that are part of the annual Gallup-Healthways State of American Well-Being series, the report found people 55 and older doing better than younger people across five parameters. Read More…












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