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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Georgia Represented Well at White House Conference on Aging
Georgia’s Aging network was well represented in Tampa last week at the White House Conference on Aging Regional Forum. Kay Hind, Maureen Kelly, Jamie Cramer, and Dionne Lovett attended and participated in discussions and activities designed to bring focus on key issues surrounding aging: retirement security, long term services and supports, elder abuse, and healthy aging. Pictured below: Maureen Kelly and Jamie Cramer serving as panelists summarizing the discussions surrounding each topic.
Repositioning of the Division of Aging Services (HB 86) Passes Out of Senate Health & Human Services Committee
GGS legislative priority: Repositioning of the Division of Aging Services (HB 86) has passed out of the Senate Health & Human Services Committee on Thursday, February 19th. It now moves to Senate Rules for consideration. Stay tuned for more updates as this, and our other priorities, continue to see momentum under the Gold Dome.
Fighting Elder Abuse (HB 72) Passes Out of Subcommittee
GGS legislative priority: Fighting Elder Abuse (HB 72) passed out of the Pak Subcommittee of Judiciary Non-Civil Committee on Tuesday, February 24. GCOA and others testified about the importance of this legislation. The bill now moves to the full committee for consideration.
FY16 Budget Update
The House Appropriations Committee has released their recommendations for the FY 2016 budget. Aging highlights include:
- Home and Community Based Services waiting list ($1.5 million).
- Provide funds for an Alzheimer's coordinator ($107,594).
- Removes start-up funding for an Age, Blind, Disabled care coordination vendor.
- Increase funds for 11 additional adult protective services caseworkers.
The budget will now go to the House floor for a vote before moving to the Senate.
2015 Be There 4 Seniors Rally
Approximately 250 aging advocates joined together on Monday, February 9th to make their voices heard. Speakers from all of the state came to talk to legislators about the need for more personal care services funding-a budget request supported by GGS. The $10 million ask would take 5,000 off of the HCBS wait list.
President Announces New and Enhanced Initiatives to Support Older Americans
(credit: Nora Super, Executive Director, White House Conference on Aging)
The president’s 2016 budget will help ensure that older Americans enjoy not only longer, but healthier lives. The budget makes a number of commitments to enhance, advance, and create opportunity for older Americans, especially in the four focus areas of the 2015 White House Conference on Aging: retirement security; healthy aging; long-term care services and supports; and elder justice. Read more here.
2015 Senior Day at the Capitol
GGS and others from the aging networks filled the halls of the Capitol on Monday, January 26th, to talk to legislators about important aging legislative and budget priorities. Pictured below: GGS Board Member, Jamie Cramer and Senator Renee Unterman.
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.
NOW/COMP Community Forums: Division of Developmental Disabilities, Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities
Various Locations Across the State
AGHE’s 41st Annual Meeting and Educational Leadership Conference
February 26 - March 1
Georgia GAPNA Annual Conference
March 7, 2015
GSU Barbara Pittard Payne Lectureship in Gerontology:
“Dare to Imagine - Meaningful Aging Through Creative Engagement”
March 12, 2015
GGS 2015 Annual Conference: Celebrating 60 Years!
August 3-5, 2015
Young Harris, GA
Athens Communitiy Council on Aging (ACCA)
Transportation Program Specialist
Gwinnett Senior Services
Gwinnett County, GA