Volunteers Gear Up for Legislature

Posted on 01/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy By Drew Jubera For Joanne Mathis, the road to becoming a volunteer lobbyist for AARP Georgia seemed both predestined and a happy accident. Mathis was at a Christmas party four years ago, nursing an urge to do meaningful volunteer work, and asked the host for ideas. Mathis had been selling real estate for more than a decade, but before that she’d been involved in social services at a nursing home, managed hospices and served as the state’s long-term care ombudsman. …

Cabilderos voluntarios trabajan para que su mensaje sea oído

Posted on 01/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy Por Drew Jubera Para Joanne Mathis, el proceso que la condujo a convertirse en una cabildera voluntaria de AARP Georgia fue una combinación de predetestinación y grata casualidad. Hace cuatro años, Mathis se encontraba en una fiesta de Navidad, sintiendo una necesidad cada vez mayor de realizar algún tipo de trabajo voluntario que resultara significativo, por lo que le pidió sugerencias al anfitrión. Se había dedicado a la venta de bienes raíces por más de una década, pero, antes de …

Ways to Give Back: Volunteers Needed

Posted on 11/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy By Novella Cross Holmes When Carrie Russell retired five years ago, she knew she wanted to do volunteer work in her community, sharing knowledge she had acquired over a 33-year career in banking. But she wasn’t sure how to do it. “I didn’t really know what giving back was going to look like,” said Russell, 65, of Atlanta. “So I started volunteering for a number of different organizations, until I discovered AARP.” She attended several AARP conferences, including one in …

New Scorecard Says Georgia Needs Improvement To Serve Older, Disabled Residents

Posted on 06/20/2014 by | AARP GA | Comments

Advocacy                     Georgia still needs to make substantial improvements when it comes to meeting the long-term care needs of older residents and supporting their family members and loved ones who care for them.  This, according to a new, comprehensive state-by-state Scorecard from AARP with support of the nation’s leading organizations behind quality long-term care, The Commonwealth Fund and SCAN Foundation. Visit this link to view where Georgia ranks: http://www.longtermscorecard.org/databystate/state?state=GA Raising Expectations 2014: A …

Georgians Strongly Support Bipartisan Legislation to Fight Age Discrimination According to AARP Survey

Posted on 06/9/2014 by | AARP GA | Comments

Advocacy A new AARP survey demonstrates older Georgians overwhelmingly support bipartisan legislation to combat age discrimination in the workplace. The recent poll of registered voters 50 and older found a remarkable 84 percent favor passage of the bipartisan “Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act” (POWADA). To view the Georgia survey, visit this link. Significantly, 84 percent of ALL those interviewed said they “strongly” endorsed the bill.  In contrast, only 11 percent oppose passage, the survey reported. “This AARP survey confirms what Georgia …

AARP GA Volunteer Presses Congress on Vital Issues During Older Americans Month

Posted on 05/21/2014 by | AARP GA | Comments

Advocacy Today, in the midst of Older Americans Month, AARP volunteers and staff from every state visited Capitol Hill to urge their elected representatives to back bills, including the Older Americans Act, that can help Americans live their best lives. Myrtle S. Habersham, a member of AARP Georgia’s Executive Council and Macon-Bibb resident is representing our state. She works with our Associate State Director of Community Outreach, Karen Cooper, to develop strategies for Age-Friendly Macon-Bibb. “This Congress has an opportunity to …