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Alzheimer’s/Caregiver Support Group at Aloha to Aging

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Alzheimer’s/Caregiver Support Group at Aloha to Aging is Monday, September 8th at 10:30 am. Open to family members who are assisting an aging loved one both inside and outside of the home. Helpful tips and resources provide comfort and encouragement. Free respite care is provided for your loved one during the meeting, but you must call in advance for care to 678-439-1177 or email info@alohatoaging.org. Meeting held at Aloha To Aging, Inc. 4608 Lower Roswell Rd. Marietta, GA 30068.

 

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Parkinson’s Disease Support Group at Aloha to Aging

Parkinson’s Disease Support Group meets on Tuesday, September 2nd at 10:30 am. Those diagnosed with Parkinson’s and their caregiver are welcome as the group learns how to cope and live with the diagnosis. Call 678-439-1177 or email info@alohatoaging.org for more information. Meeting held at Aloha To Aging, Inc. 4608 Lower Roswell Rd. Marietta, GA 30068.

 

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YWCA of Northwest Georgia and Partners to Host a Kick-Off Event for OVW Abuse Later In Life Grant

The YWCA of Northwest Georgia and partners from Cobb Police Department, the Georgia Division of Aging and the Cobb Judicial Circuit’s District Attorney’s Office will be hosting a kick-off event to inform the community on the Abuse in Later Life grant that they were awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW).  The event will be held on August 19th at Senior Wellness Center in Marietta.  The kick-off will include an overview of the grant and how it will affect Cobb County, training on abuse in later life by a national trainer form the National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life, information on services available to victims of abuse.  Seating is limited so those interested should RSVP to reserve a spot at the event.  Inquiries may be directed to Elisa Covarrubias, Director of Sexual Assault and Advocacy Programs, by e-mail at ecovarrubias@ywcanwga.com or by phone at (770) 423-3580.

The $400,000 grant award will be spread out over a 3-year period with the goal of training law enforcement, prosecutors, judges and victim service organizations.  The first year will focus on planning and policy while the following two years will involve the development of enhanced direct services and a multidisciplinary team approach to handling cases of abuse in later life.  The target population is older victims of abuse, exploitation and neglect, including sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking.

Awarded to only 8 other agencies across the U.S., the YWCA of Northwest Georgia is proud to have been awarded the OVW grant.  The YWCA of Northwest Georgia aims to create policies and programs that can be replicated across the state of Georgia in order to address the problem of abuse in later life with this grant.

“The District Attorney’s Office is honored to partner with the YWCA, CCPD, & the Division of Aging Services in combating elder abuse in our community.  Domestic violence is a scourge on our society and is especially egregious when the victim is elderly.  We look forward to educating our community about this issue and prosecuting those who violate our senior population,” said District Attorney, Vic Reynolds.

“With the aging population we are beginning to see more incidents of abuse in our community.  Our vision is a community free of domestic violence and sexual assault across all ages.  This grant will allow us to work with those that are working so hard to decrease the incidents of elder abuse and build a stronger network to serve this growing population,” states Holly Tuchman, CEO & Executive Director of the YWCA of Northwest Georgia.

There are 40.3 million people over the age of 65 in the United States, according to the 2010 Census and this number is expected to increase due to aging Baby Boomers.  The CDC estimates that over 500,000 older adults are abused or neglected each year.  However, it is difficult to really know the depth of the problem because the abuse is very often not reported.  The Federal Bureau of Investigations reports that 585 persons age 65 or older were murdered in 2010.  In Georgia, Adult Protective Services received 15,108 calls, up 22.06% since 2011.  Abuse can be physical, emotional, sexual, neglect or financial.  Perpetrators of elder abuse are most often relatives and caregivers, but can also be strangers.

The vision of the YWCA of Northwest Georgia, established in 1917, is to create a community free of domestic violence and sexual assault. Serving primarily Cherokee, Cobb and Paulding counties, the organization provides programs and services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

For details on the YWCA’s programs and services, or how to be part of the solution, contact 770-427-2902 or visit www.ywcanwga.com. To reach the 24-hour crisis line, call 770-427-3390.

 

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Loneliness Bereavement Support Group meets every Wednesday

Loneliness Bereavement Support Group meets every Wednesday except holidays at 11am. Heritage Hospice, 3315 Hilltop Drive, Marietta. More info: 770-423-5959.

 

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Tai Chi for seniors at Aloha to Aging

Tai Chi for Seniors: Seated: Thursdays, Standing: Tuesdays, offered weekly at 2:00pm. Cost: $35 monthly fee, $10 per class. Please RSVP to 678-439-1177 or email info@alohatoaging.org. Program held at Aloha To Aging, Inc. 4608 Lower Roswell Rd. Marietta, GA 30068.

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Aloha Day Club offers interaction for seniors at Aloga to Aging

Aloha Day Club meets on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:30 am – 2pm.  Aloha to Aging’s dedicated staff  (professional & volunteer) provides a nurturing, stimulating, social and therapeutic program for seniors 55+ who have stopped driving and may have mild impairments. Program includes snack, lunch, music, exercise and interactive activities.

For more information call 678-439-1177 or email nancy@alohatoaging.org.  

Meeting held at Aloha To Aging, Inc. 4608 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta, GA 30068.

 

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Time to Register for E.L.M.

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Registration opens for Enrichment of Life Movement (ELM) Fall Session on August 1. Classes run September 16 through November 4. The registration deadline is August 29 and is open to residents of Cobb and surrounding counties. ELM is a unique non-profit,  nondenominational learning organization operated almost exclusively by Cobb County volunteers. It offers a full day of classes, a  catered lunch, and scheduled lunchtime presentations for active adults age 50 and older. Classes meet on consecutive Tuesdays for 8 weeks and are held at the First United Methodist Church of Marietta (56 Whitlock Avenue) near the Marietta Square.

An array of over 60 classes will be offered from 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM. The Fall 2014 line-up includes: Beginning Spanish, Chess For Beginners, Fun With Music Appreciation, Tatting, and Yoga Stretch to name just a few. The registration fee is $40 per session and students may take up to three classes.

A hot lunch is available for $7.00, but brown baggers are always welcome. Registration booklets are available at Cobb Senior Centers, Cobb Libraries, or online at www.elmcobb.org. For more info, call the ELM Office, (770) 429-7850 Ext 7845 or email  elmcobb@gmail.com.

ELM is proud to celebrate its 30th year of serving senior adults. Come take a class with us and discover how we can serve you!

 

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First aid, CPR class offered for seniors

Adults age 55 and older can take a free CPR and First Aid class 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15, at the East Cobb Senior Center. Registration is required. Cobb County Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs staff will teach basic first aid techniques and life-saving skills so that seniorscan protect themselves and their families. Learn how to recognize the symptoms of heart attack, to do CPR, rescue breathing and how to care for bleeding, burns and fractures. No certification will be provided. A catered lunch will be served at noon. For more information, call 770-509-4900.

 
 

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Social Media Etiquette Class at East Cobb Senior Center Aug. 13

The East Cobb Senior Center, 3332 Sandy Plains Road in Marietta, will have Social Media Etiquette taught by Deb Krier from SocialLight for adults ages 55-plus Aug. 13 from 10 a.m. to noon. Participants can learn different strategies about the Internet and how to behave in a world where there is no “undo.”

The event is free, but registration is required. Call (770) 509-4900 or visitwww.CobbSeniors.org.

(Reprinted from the Marietta Daily Journal. Written by Damon Poirier, August 03, 2014. Read the original article HERE.) 

 

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Widows group meets twice monthly

Widowed Helping Others (WHO) meets for a dinner social the first and third Wednesday of every month at 6pm at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Nolan Hall, 4905 Roswell Road in Marietta. For more information contact St. Ann’s Pastoral Care at 770-552-6400 ext. 6018.

 

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