Funding Lags for Older Adult Services

Funding Lags for Older Adult Services

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

Home & Family   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 …

Documentary Showcases Senior Hunger

Posted on 12/15/2013 by | AARP Georgia | Comments

Home & Family        Join us for live viewings in Macon and Chamblee of Senior Hunger in Georgia, a 30-minute, made-for-TV documentary detailing the plight of the hungry. Told in a series of short interviews, a mix of aid recipients, SNAP coordinators, government officials and food bank operators outline the severity and persistence of the problem, which remains unabated even as the economy slowly recovers, and covers what’s being done to assist.        “Hunger remains a major problem in Georgia, especially for older …

AARP Gives Regulators 2,750 Signatures Opposing Georgia Power rate request

AARP Gives Regulators 2,750 Signatures Opposing Georgia Power rate request

Posted on 11/25/2013 by | AARP Georgia | Comments

Home & Family AARP Georgia today presented petitions with more than 2,750 signatures to the Georgia Public Service Commission, telling the commissioners that they oppose Georgia Power’s request to raise their rates for the fourth time in four years. Georgia Power recently reduced their rate request from more than a cumulative $1 billion over three years to approximately half that. In addition, they said they were willing to have their allowed profit trimmed from 11.15% to 10.95%. Still, AARP Georgia says it is …

Video focuses on Senior Hunger in Georgia

Video focuses on Senior Hunger in Georgia

Posted on 10/22/2013 by | AARP Georgia | Comments

Home & Family Senior Hunger in Georgia is a video that documents stories of older Georgians who struggle with hunger every day and the support systems in place to help get them back on track.    Seen on public access stations throughout the state, the video is designed to also provide resources to those in need.  The film outlines the root causes of hunger in Georgia through interviews with staff working on the front lines of this silent epidemic.    “Hunger in Georgia …

Making it Easier for Hungry Elders to Get Help

Posted on 10/1/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family Having a hard time buying groceries? In 2012 Georgia made it easier for residents age 60-plus with no earned income to apply for the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP). The state is working with AARP to help spread the word. Georgia ranks eighth in the nation for hunger among older residents, with 9 percent of those age 50-plus at risk of hunger. It is also one of only five states that have simplified the process for elderly households getting by …

NASCAR star driver Jeff Gordon to help fight hunger in Georgia

NASCAR star driver Jeff Gordon to help fight hunger in Georgia

Posted on 08/20/2013 by | AARP Georgia | Comments

Home & Family Four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion driver Jeff Gordon will visit the Athens Community Council on Aging on Thursday, Aug. 29, from 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. to work alongside student volunteers from the Campus Kitchen at UGA (CKUGA), part of the nationwide Campus Kitchens network that rescues excess food to provide healthy meals to older adults in need. Gordon drives the No. 24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet SS, sponsored by AARP Foundation as part of its commitment to draw …