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— Want to learn more about advocating for your rights under the Gold Dome? AARP Georgia’s Advocacy Team is having a training session that will help you. During the workshop, Advocacy Manager Melissa Sinden and the Advocacy Team will review the 2017 legislative session and provide an overview of the 2018 session. “We want our volunteers to leave this training with a good understanding of the upcoming issues and how they can help AARP with its advocacy efforts,” said Sinden. Please …

— By Ann Hardie Dionne Lovett knows that the Aging and Disability Resource Connection (ADRC) is often a lifeline for families caring for relatives or other loved ones. “Our counselors end up spending anywhere from 25 minutes to two hours on the phone with families who just don’t know what to do,” said Lovett, director of the Coastal Area Agency on Aging in Darien. “We’re really helping families not feel so stranded. Our job is to help them sort through what …

— AARP Georgia is hosting an event in Savannah this month that celebrates the theme of Disrupt Aging, which involves changing the way society views older adults. The free event—65 Shades of Grey: Living Life at Any Age Sassy, Suave and Satisfied—will be Friday, Oct. 13, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm St. The sessions focus on health, wealth and self. Anyone can attend, but registration is required at aarp.cvent.com/65ShadesSavannah or by calling 877-926-8300 …

— Election Day is November 7th – Be sure to vote! You deserve to know where the Atlanta Mayoral candidates stand on issues that are important to our great city, like housing, transportation and economic development. AARP is committed to ensuring you get the information you need before heading to the polls on Election Day. The Georgia Voter Coalition will host a Mayoral Candidate Forum for the top candidates in the Atlanta mayoral race on Wednesday, October 11th.  The Coalition consists …

— Many Georgians hold two jobs—one that pays the bills and the other unpaid, taking care of a loved one at home. For such workers, finding time to attend to the needs of a sick child or an infirm parent is especially stressful if it means losing a day’s wages. A new state law backed by AARP Georgia aims to help. The Family Care Act, which takes effect July 1, allows workers to use up to five days of earned paid …

— AARP Georgia is committed to ensuring that voters have the information they need to make informed decisions on Election Day. With Congress considering legislation that could significantly affect healthcare access for its members, AARP Georgia will sponsor the digital debate coverage and post-debate analysis of the June 6th Congressional District debate between Karen Handel (R) and Jon Ossoff (D) on Channel 2 WSB-TV. “The nation’s eyes are on Georgia’s 6th District, and voters deserve to know where the candidates stand …

— AARP Georgia State President Lee Baker along with State Director Debra Tyler-Horton and Advocacy Director, Melissa Sinden visited this week with Senator David Perdue’s office. Lee discussed how AARP is fighting for the interests of older Georgians. Here in Georgia, we’re fighting alongside volunteers to protect our hard-earned benefits.  These volunteers are meeting with their elected officials, collecting signed petitions and launching letter-writing campaigns to communicate—in no uncertain terms—our support for keeping Medicare safe and strong.  We’ll be collecting stories from …

— In 2016, Georgia became the 43rd state to pass the Uniform Adult Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Jurisdiction Act (UAGPPJA), which helps family caregivers who are legal guardians save time and court costs by making sure specific adult guardianship laws are consistent and honored from state to state. Adult guardianship is a complex web of widely varying practices of multiple stakeholders that are frequently disconnected.  Oftentimes with guardianship advocacy, stakeholders work in “silos” – or convene in groups to advance legislation, …

— At AARP, we believe Medicare is a deal with the American people that must not be broken. Thankfully, President Trump repeatedly said during his historic campaign that he would not allow changes to this popular program.  “I am going to protect and save your Social Security and your Medicare,” he told voters. “You made a deal a long time ago. “ Older voters were instrumental in electing President Trump and the Republican Congress. Now those voters are counting on Congress …

— For more than 60 years, AARP® has been dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for all as we age. AARP pursues these goals through advocacy led by the state offices. Our advocacy agenda works to enable individuals 50+ get the most out of life. AARP Georgia advocates on behalf of more than 1 million members across the state. Increasing Access to Quality Healthcare Many areas in the state of Georgia lack access to quality healthcare providers. AARP wants to …