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 …

PLEASE READ: VERY IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM AARP

Posted on 05/2/2014 by | AARP Georgia | Comments

Advocacy An incorrect phone number was included for the AARP Georgia state office in our New Member Welcome Kit and possibly in other materials. AARP included the incorrect number in the New Member Welcome Kit which was sent by mail between December 2013 and April 2014. We apologize for this error and any inconvenience it may have caused. The correct phone number for AARP Georgia is 866-295-7281. Please use this number when attempting to reach AARP Georgia. If you have any …

AARP GA Calls on Legislators to Fund Home and Community-Based Supports

Posted on 02/24/2014 by | AARP GA | Comments

Advocacy The Wednesday, February 26 Be There 4 Seniors Rally is hosted by aging advocates including AARP Georgia. This year the rally will be held in conjunction with Senior Week at the Capitol. When people stay in their homes and communities supported by family caregivers with home and community-based supports, Georgia saves money now and lessens the costs of care in the future. The rally calls for legislators to recognize the increased requirements for funding and life-sustaining services for older adults in Georgia …

Funding Lags for Older Adult Services

Posted on 01/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy   By Ann Hardie For two hours a week, a respite worker comes to Nancy Downes’ home in Winder, 45 miles east of downtown Atlanta. While that isn’t a lot of time, it’s enough to let Downes run to the grocery store, take a hot shower—and even catch her breath. The rest of the time Downes, 61, is the sole caregiver for her mother, Mildred Tripp, 87, who has advanced Alzheimer’s disease and lives with Downes. “Even standing in the …