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East Cobb seniors to tour Saint Luke’s Episcopal Church and Mary Mac’s Tea Room

Saint Luke’s Episcopal Church and Mary Mac’s Tea Room
Tuesday, March 3 | 9:30am -3pm. Check-in 9am
$57 Senior Council members; $62 Non-members. Price includes luxury motor coach, tickets, lunch and tips. No refunds unless the trip is cancelled. Payment is due at time of registration.

The trip starts with a tour of historic St. Luke’s Episcopal Church and its magnificent stained glass  windows. These windows were designed and fabricated over a period of 60 years by some of the world’s leading crafters.

The Church will be treating the group to an elegant “coffee” and organ concert. To continue with a little bit of Atlanta history lunch will be at Mary Mac’s Tea Room.

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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Learn about dementia and Alzheimer’s during free workshop

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Cobb Senior Services staff is hosting the Aging by Design 2015 Series, Summit and Expo. These events will be excellent opportunities to learn about many important issues that impact our growing senior population.

The first seminar, “Dementia and Alzheimer’s: The Discussion Continues,” will be held 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 3, at East Cobb Senior Center, 3332 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta. Alzheimer’s can be very scary because there are so many unknowns. Dr. Gary Figiel, a leading southern geriatric psychiatrist, will be the guest speaker and will share important information, such as the difference between dementia and Alzheimer’s. Pre-registration required by calling 770-509-4900. Email agingbydesign@cobbcounty.orgor call 770-528-5356 for more information.

 

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Register for the Regional Summit on Aging March 5

 

More of us are living longer than ever before. This creates unique challenges and opportunities for the Atlanta region. Metro Atlanta ranks worst in the country for transportation options for older adults. Wait lists for affordable housing and services continue to grow. Increasingly stressed caregivers are struggling to find the supports and services they need.

Come share your ideas for solutions, learn what others are doing and celebrate efforts that are making a difference! The region’s future depends on you. The time to act is now!

Attend the Regional Summit on Aging on Thursday, March 5, 9am-5pm. The Workshop will be held from 9am-3pm with a reception and special presentation of The CommUnity Hero Award Hosted by WellCare to conclude at 5pm. The day’s events will be held at the Loudermilk Center for the Regional Community, 40 Courtland Street, NE | Atlanta, GA 30303.

To RSVP to attend, CLICK HERE.

 

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Register now for Aging by Design workshops and summit

Cobb Senior Services staff will soon host the Aging by Design 2015 Series, Summit and Expo. These events will be excellent opportunities to learn about many important issues that impact our growing senior population.

  • Dementia and Alzheimer’s: the Discussion Continues
    6:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 3
    East Cobb Senior Center, 3332 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta
    Dr. Gary Figiel, a leading southern geriatric psychiatrist, will be the guest speaker. Pre-registration required by calling 770-509-4900. Email agingbydesign@cobbcounty.org or call 770-528-5356 for more information.
  • Elder Abuse: Financial, Emotional and Physical Exploitation
    6:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 21
    BOC Room, second floor, 100 Cherokee St., Marietta
    Cobb County District Attorney Vic Reynolds will give an overview of elder abuse, the different types and how you can help. Pre-registration required by calling 770-528-5355. Emailagingbydesign@cobbcounty.org or call 770-528-5356 for more information.
  • Aging by Design Summit and Expo
    8 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Saturday, May 2
    Cobb Galleria Centre

    • Dr. William Cooper, cardiothoracic surgeon and director of cardiovascular surgery at WellStar Health System, will be the keynote speaker.
    • Exhibitor booths will provide information on retirement planning, fitness, housing options and transportation.
    • Free screenings, such as blood glucose, cholesterol and body mass index.
    • Demonstrations on health cooking and exercise.
    • Admission is $5 and pre-registration is required by April 24. Register at any county senior center. For more information, visit cobbseniors.org.
  • Caregiving
    6:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 9
    Senior Wellness Center, 1150 Powder Springs St., Marietta
    Carol Howell, dementia specialist and life coach, will teach caregiving techniques for those caring for loved ones with dementia. Pre-registration required by calling 770-528-5355. Email agingbydesign@cobbcounty.org or call 770-528-5356 for more information.

 

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Cobb Elder Abuse Task Force Ensures Safeguards for Seniors

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CEATF Chairman and Cobb County District Attorney Vic Reynolds speaking about elder abuse

More people are living longer than ever before in America’s history – that’s the good news.  Unfortunately, elder adults can become frail, vulnerable, and the target of abuse – that’s not good news. So what do you do if you suspect someone in your neighborhood, at a care facility where you visit a relative or, worse case, in your family is being abused? Due to the efforts of some concerned Cobb County citizens, there is now a Cobb Elder Abuse Task Force (CEATF), which is a multi-jurisdictional organization that addresses financial, physical, and institutional senior abuse.

What is elder abuse? According to Georgia law, it is any intentional or negligent act by a caregiver or any other person who causes harm or a serious risk of harm to a vulnerable adult. It includes financial exploitation; neglect; self-neglect; abandonment; and physical, sexual, and emotional abuse.

Statistics provided through the National Center on Elder Abuse reveal that those 65 and older comprise 13 percent of our population, with that number growing exponentially every year.  Approximately 9.5 percent of our elderly population will experience some form of abuse. However, the alarming statistic is that studies estimate only one in 14 cases is reported to authorities.

“This is a society problem,” says East Cobber Joe Gavalis, a CEATF coordinator/volunteer. “We all have
a responsibility to become more aware of protecting our seniors. Sadly, abusers can be family members,
friends, or trusted caregivers.”

As a retired federal agent, Gavalis was aware of how other states handled elder abuse reporting. Combining his firsthand knowledge with activity already in motion through the Cobb  Neighborhood Safety Commission, CEATF was organized in early 2013. The task force is a collaborative effort of around 40-plus county, state, and federal organizations (Cobb city police departments, Cobb
Senior Services, Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Georgia Adult Protection Services, and the Social Security Administration to name just a few), local financial institutions, and the YMCA. The
group’s focus is to educate citizens and business communities about elder abuse, as well as enforce and recommend laws. Vic Reynolds, Cobb County’s District Attorney, serves as the task force chairman and is a regular speaker for Cobb groups, such as churches, civic organizations, senior living facilities, and neighborhood organizations, conducting seminars to educate people about the warning signs of elder abuse and how to report it.

CEATF focuses on three major aspects of abuse: financial, physical, and institutional. Although national statistics list neglect and physical abuse at the top of the list, task force members say that about 70 percent of Cobb’s elder abuse is financial. This abuse involves activities like improper use of a power of attorney; telephone, email, or door-to-door solicitations; or scams, such as fraudulent investing.

Already making a difference in the community, the task force worked closely with State Representative Sharon Cooper to develop legislation that toughens penalties for operating an unlicensed personal care home, raising the first offense to a felony from a misdemeanor. This law was passed in 2014.

Let’s keep our seniors safe, and if you suspect elder abuse, call the tip line. The anonymous tip line is 770-794-6990. Your call will be routed to the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office if the concern is financial and to the appropriate agency for other issues. For more information, visit the facebook page at www.facebook.com/cobbeatf. If you would like for someone to speak about elder abuse at an upcoming organizational meeting in Cobb County, contact CEATF Secretary Jeff Wood at 770-514-7565.

(Written by Carmen Abernathy)

 

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Healthy Brain & Aging at East Cobb Senior Center

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Wednesday, February 18
11am-12pm
Free; Registration required

The seminar will contain a brief discussion of dementia, followed by information why it is important to  have a healthy brain as we age, and what can we do to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Provided by Sarah  Carson, Alzheimer Association.

 

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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OLLI’s Feb. 16 Winter Social features Patriotic Theme

KSU's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute provides educational and social options for adults 50 and older. The OLLI Presidents' Day social is Feb. 16 from 6-9 at KSU Center, 3333 Busbee Drive. Here, the crowd enjoys music from a previous OLLI social. For mo

KSU’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute provides educational and social options for adults 50 and older. The OLLI Presidents’ Day social is Feb. 16 from 6-9 at KSU Center, 3333 Busbee Drive. Here, the crowd enjoys music from a previous OLLI social. For more information, call 470-578-6765 or visit ksuolli.com.

 

KSU’s College of Continuing and Professional Education will host a Red, White and Blue Presidents’ Day-themed OLLI Winter Social on Monday, Feb. 16 from 6 to 9pm. Held at KSU Center, the event is hosted by the College’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute which offers educational and social opportunities for adults age 50 and older.

The social will consist of a dinner buffet followed by dancing to the tunes of The Reflections Swing Band. J.C. Campbell leads the 17-piece ensemble known for their distinctive style and strong rhythm.

Additionally, a costume contest will be held for those who dress as their favorite president or patriotic outfit. The event costs $10 and advanced registration is required. Registration can be completed online at http://www.ksuolli.com or by calling 470-578-6765.

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AARP Tax Prep Assistance

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Volunteers from the AARP Tax-Aide Program for free tax assistance and preparation services designed for the low- and moderate-income taxpayers will be at various Cobb library locations starting in February. AARP membership is NOT required. This service is available to everyone regardless of age. Special assistance is given to those 60 and older.

For information on the Tax-Aide schedule at Cobb County locations and other resources on federal and state taxes, please visit www.cobbcat.org/tax-information/.

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Big Chicken Barbershoppers Offer Singing Valentines

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Big Chicken chorus members are pictured above: Ron Magnuson, Steven Smith, a happy Valentine recipient, Harry Bissinger, and Terry Morrison.

 

 

It’s that time of year again! Do something unique and very memorable for that special someone in your
life! The Big Chicken Chorus will be delivering Singing Valentines on Friday, February 13; and, Saturday,
February 14 throughout the day around the Metro Atlanta area. Singing Valentines can also be delivered
by phone anywhere in the Continental U.S. A surprise visit from a quartet, dressed in tuxedo’s with a Valentine’s Day red vest and bow tie, will deliver two songs, a live red rose, a card with your personal message, and two sentimental love songs to your significant other at the location of your choice – home, office, school, restaurant, or other public location. These deliveries are also can provide a  memorable experience at the office as a gift from the staff to the special receptionist, office administrator or the occupant of the “corner office,” or to the staff from management.

Rufus Massey, president of the chorus said, “We are proud to again offer quality performances by Barbershop Quartets, intended to provide a memorable experience for your loved one(s). These Singing Valentine deliveries are a highlight of our year and we traditionally receive a very positive reception from those who have been touched by this sentimental Valentine Day gift.”

Deliveries will be made this year from 9am until 9pm on Friday, February 13 and Saturday, February 14th. The telephone deliveries anywhere in the U.S. are $15. Prices begin at $50 for a live delivery within a 4 hour time window, arrangements can be made for delivery with a shorter time window at an  additional charge.

Discounted prices if there are multiple deliveries in the same time window at a single address and requests for deliveries to group gatherings that may be scheduled for the weekend prior to Valentines Day will be considered. Orders are already being scheduled and we do have a limited availability of quartets. Deliveries are arranged on a first come, first served basis, so make your plans early and place an order by visiting our website www.BigChickenChorus.org or by phone to our Singing Valentines hotline 770 438-9752. Inquiries or requests for additional information can also be made by Email to SingingValentines@BigChickenChorus.org.

The Big Chicken Chorus is the performing chorus of the Marietta, GA Chapter of the Barbershop  Harmony Society. The Marietta, GA Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society is a 501 (C)(3) non-profit organization and a member of the United Arts of Cobb County and the Cobb County Chamber of Commerce.

The Big Chicken Chorus rehearses on Monday evenings at John Knox Presbyterian Church, 505 Powers Ferry Road, Marietta, GA 30067. Rehearsals begin at 7 pm and are open to the public. We always welcome guests, particularly those young men of any age who enjoy singing to join us in song. No experience or formal musical education is required.

Services available for Seniors

Need information and referral assistance for aging family members? Seniors or their caregivers in need of information and referral assistance should contact the Atlanta Regional Commission Division of Aging Services, 40 Courtland Street NE, Atlanta 30303, 404-463-3100 or Cobb Senior Services, 32 N. Fairground Street, Marietta 30060, 770-528-5364.

  

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