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Senior Day at the North Georgia Fair

 

You are invited to Senior Day, for adults 55 plus, at the North Georgia State Fair on Friday, Sept. 19. Play Bingo with the Cobb County Board of Commissioners at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Enjoy entertainment, cake walks, exhibits and more. Come out to Jim Miller Park at 2245 Callaway Road in Marietta.

To learn more, visit www.northgeorgiastatefair.com

 

Wheeler Class of 1969 Hosting 45th Reunion & Picnic

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The Wheeler Class of ‘69 is hosting its 45th Class Reunion & Picnic for all members of Wheeler High School classes 1967 to early 1970′s. It will be held on October 4, at the Riverside Day Use Area at the end of Allatoona Dam Road just off Highway 41 south of Cartersville. The gathering begins at 11am under a big covered pavilion right beside the scenic Etowah River until closing around 8pm. A great place for a picnic.

The reunion will be catered by Williamson Bros. BBQ. The cost will be $15/person or $25/ couple. Profits will be donated to the Wheeler Alumni Society Scholarship Fund. This event is not limited to the class of ’69. Any alumni of any 60′s or early 70′s class are welcome. Music of the era will be provided. There will be a volleyball court and horseshoe pits.

Please send your checks payable to: Wheeler 69, Steve Tibbitts, 1062 Polo Club Drive Marietta, GA 30064. Include your class year, guest name. Women should provide their maiden name. For more information contact: whs69picnic@gmail.com.

This week’s EAST COBB Senior Center Activities

Ice Cream and a Movie: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
September 8 | 1pm
$4 Cobb residents, $5 Non-residents.
Ben Stiller directs and stars in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, James Thurber’s classic story of a day-dreamer who escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action. When his job along with that of his co-worker (Kristen Wiig) are threatened, Walter takes action in the real world embarking on a global journey that turns into an adventure more extraordinary than anything he could have ever imagined. Come enjoy the movie, ice cream and popcorn.
Access to Needed Services
September 9 | 10-11am
Free; Registration required.
Do you know about all the great services available to you as a senior? Learn how you can benefit from the agencies and services that are out there waiting to help you, such as prescription assistance, Medicare savings programs, utility assistance, and much more! Presented by RSVPCobb.

All Cobb residents age 55+ are invited to participate in activities at various senior centers throughout Cobb. This activity is scheduled at the East Cobb Senior Center located at 3332 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta 30066. Call the East Cobb Senior Center at 770-509-4900 for reservations and/or more details.

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Free hearing screening at KSU on September 19

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If your hearing isn’t what it used to be, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at KSU is here to help. A free hearing screening is Sept. 19 from 9 a.m. to noon at KSU Center (3333 Busbee Drive in Kennesaw).

The National Institutes of Health says hearing loss can occur suddenly or gradually and is one of the most common conditions affecting older adults. Approximately one in three people between the ages of 65 and 74 experience hearing loss, and nearly half of those older than 75 have difficulty hearing.

“Having trouble hearing can make it difficult to understand and follow a doctor’s advice, to respond to warnings and to hear doorbells and alarms,” Michelle Girage, assistant dean, said. “It can also make it hard to enjoy talking with friends and family. All of this can be frustrating, embarrassing, and even dangerous.”

Each screening will take approximately 10 minutes per person. Otis A. Whitcomb, from Hear-Rite in Marietta, will be administering the procedures. He has a master’s degree in audiology and is a Georgia Licensed Hearing Aid Dispenser. The event is free, but registration is required and space is limited. Call 470-578-6765 or register at ksuolli.com.

 

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Sept. 19 is Senior Day at the Fair

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Calling all seniors 55 and older. Head to the North Georgia State Fair on Friday, September 19, for Senior Day at the Fair!

Enjoy exhibits, entertainment, a cake walk and more. Plus FREE parking and entrance at the Main Gate.

The North Georgia State Fair will be held at Jim R. Miller Park, Callaway Road in Marietta. Call 770-423-1330 for more information.

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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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