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— The 2018 Georgia Legislative Session kicked off this week, and the General Assembly has already completed four legislative days of its 40-day session. We will see much activity over the coming weeks, and AARP Georgia looks forward to working with volunteers and community partners to advance our legislative priorities. This year, among other efforts, we are supporting passage of the Georgia Family Caregivers Act, which will help family caregivers as their loved ones go into the hospital and as they …

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— AARP Georgia State Director Debra Tyler-Horton provides an overview of the faith-based toolkit and its benefits. The toolkit is an online, self-service resource designed for clergy and leaders of faith-based organizations. The toolkit was designed to help faith-based organizations create an impactful ministry for their congregants, members, staff and volunteers who are 50 years of age and older. To access the toolkit, please go to www.aarp.org/ministryresources.  

— Join two live webinars to find out how to identify and react to changes in your loved one’s behavior AARP Family Caregiving Online Learning Series Recognizing the Signs Your Loved One Needs More Care Tuesday, January 23, 7 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. ET Local Resources for Caregivers Tuesday, January 30, 7 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. ET What if your loved one loses interest in a favorite hobby? Or misses an in important date? Or forgets to pay the bills? What …

— By Drew Jubera Three years ago, Kay Argroves, a nurse anesthetist, read a story about advocacy volunteers for AARP Georgia. It intrigued her. Argroves had always been interested in the political process, and this looked like a way to become more involved. “I vote every chance I get,” said the Madison resident. “But voting can only go so far.” So Argroves contacted the AARP state office, attended training for volunteers and found herself under the Gold Dome, navigating a maze …

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— More than 40 million Americans are family caregivers – Taking care of aging parents, ailing partners, children with disabilities or other loved ones. Family caregiving is a labor of love, but it can also be difficult – emotionally, physically and financially. Many caregivers put their own health and financial security at risk for the sake of their loved one. They often feel isolated at work or in their communities, unsure of where to go for resources or support. AARP is working …

— For almost a year, Edith Forehand has been the caregiver to her husband of 18 years, Wilbert, who has cancer. As a caregiver, Edith has learned several valuable lessons about herself. “Being patient with yourself and the person (even if you have to bite your tongue) is necessary,” she said with a smile in her voice. “Listen to what the person is saying—they might be trying to explain something—whether it’s something you’re doing or something you’re saying, always be sure …

— Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter presented Ms. Annie Moore with the Family Caregiver of the Year Award during the 30th Anniversary Summit for the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving in Americus, Ga. AARP Georgia Executive Council member Myrtle Habersham served as one of the speakers at the summit and addressed the topic of “Support Services to Caregivers in their Local Communities.” The Rosalynn Carter Institute is a national conference that was held on the campus of Georgia Southwestern University. After three decades, …

— Please be our guest for the screening of Care, a movie about the poignant world of in-home elder care, the bonds that form between paid care workers and elders, and the cracks in the US care system. Panel discussion to follow. To register, follow this link: https://aarp.cvent.com/filmscreeningcare2017 WHEN:  Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017 WHERE: Phipps Plaza AMC 3500 Peachtree Road Atlanta, Ga. 30326 TIME: doors open at 6:30 p.m., film begins at 7 p.m.                   …

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— Atlanta Journal-Constitution writer Laura Berrios interview AARP Georgia’s Sr. Program Specialist about how to be mindful of our aging parents. Check out the story here! “If you want to know what’s really going on with your loved ones as they age in place, here are a few places to poke your nose where (your parents think) it doesn’t belong,” writes Berrios.

— The Paint Party for Caregivers held Thursday night (Nov. 2) in Augusta was a terrific time for caregivers to connect with others who are in similar situations. By hosting this event, AARP wanted to provide caregivers with an opportunity to use their creative expression to work through the isolation they might feel. Partnering with Foundation for Art & Healing and the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, attendees were  channel their energies to creating their own one-of-a-kind painting.  As the event …