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Meals on Wheels-Volunteers Needed

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Meals on Wheels has a great opportunity for you to deliver meals to homebound seniors who are waiting for this needed service.  Cobb Senior Services is in need of volunteer drivers in Mableton, Marietta and Smyrna. If you have some time to volunteer as a MOW driver, or if you belong to an organization or business that would like to “Adopt-A-Route,” call Volunteer Services at (770) 528-5381.

Cobb County is fortunate to have Meals on Wheels, a unique program, bringing homebound, frail seniors a hot meal on a daily basis. Through Cobb Senior Services, volunteers make sure that each client is made to feel special with personal visits, as well as receiving a hot, nutritious meal.  More information about Meals on Wheels and Cobb Senior Services is available at www.cobbseniors.org.

 

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Foxtrotters Dance Club resumes June 26

 

The Foxtrotters Dance Club will resume on Friday, June 26, 2015, at East Cobb Senior Center, 3332 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta, GA  30062. The theme is Country Time. Doors open at 7pm, Dance held 7:30-10:30pm.

Enjoy refreshments and dancing to The Junction Band. Attire is dressy or upscale casual. Admission os $10 at the door. Singles and couples 55 and older are invited to attend.

For more information call (770) 509-4900 or visit foxtrottersdanceclub.wordpress.com

 

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Enjoy a Garden Party at East Cobb Senior Center

 

A Garden Party
June 20 | 11am
$12 Cobb residents; $15 Non-residents

Ribbons, flowers, dance and music make a perfect day for “A Garden Party”. The Georgia Ballet will perform. A Garden Party-inspired lunch will be catered by Café 33. After dining, a duet from the Georgia Symphony Orchestra, will play the afternoon away in a special concert performance. Come wearing hats and gloves, and flowery dresses.

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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When You Must Manage Your Elderly Parent’s Finances

 

Elder law attorneys around Atlanta and East Cobb very often find themselves advising adult children of the elderly on the intricacies of managing their parents’ finances.  While it may seem straightforward at first, there are a lot of details and difficulties that can get in the way.  There are so many things to coordinate, and often the parent is less than helpful in the process.  Being somewhat prepared and having access to anexperienced elder law or estate lawyer in Atlanta are two of the ways you can help avoid some of the more common pitfalls, such as:

  • Memory Loss – Memory loss is prevalent among the elderly, and it’s actually one of the big reasons that adult children are called in to take over finances. Unfortunately, it also makes the job that much more difficult because the parent isn’t able to answer important questions such as “How much do you owe?” or “When is this bill due?”
  • Role Reversal – For the majority of the adult child’s life, the parent has been in charge. Taking over and being firm with the parent can be more than a little uncomfortable.  On top of that, it can be frustrating and cause resentment to see the person who taught you so much no longer following their own advice.
  • Lack of Information – Your parent may have chosen to be forthcoming about finances with an elder law lawyer here in Atlanta, but that doesn’t mean that they want to let their children in on all the financial details of their life. Previous generations found it improper to discuss money, resulting in an air of secrecy that can be difficult to break through.

So, how should you deal with these obstacles?

As with so many other aspects of life, the best way to deal with problems is to avoid them altogether.  The earlier you and your parent start meeting with an Atlanta elder law attorney that you trust, the more likely you are to get the information you need.  As an added bonus, your parent will have the ability to make his or her wishes known in order to offer guidance on how to handle their affairs if and when all of the responsibility is passed on to you.

No matter what stage the parent is at, the subject needs to be approached.  Again, earlier is better, as the parent is more likely to understand the importance of what is happening.  You may choose to start the conversation by relating it to your own estate planning or by bringing up a situation you heard about recently, such as the death of a celebrity.  A good elder lawyer in Atlanta GA can offer suggestions on how to bring up the subject, as well as how to help steer the conversation in the right direction.

– See more at: http://georgiafamilylaw.com/2015/06/03/atlanta-elder-law-attorney-when-you-must-manage-your-elderly-parents-finances/#sthash.faHd3aod.dpuf

East Cobb’s  Steve (Stephen M.) Worrall helps parents of minor children plan for the unthinkable, from a parent’s perspective. He is the senior estate planning, probate and adoption attorney at The Manely Firm, P.C., with offices in Marietta, Atlanta, Canton, Lawrenceville and Savannah. He is an experienced  wills, trusts and estate planning attorney, probate lawyer and adoption attorney in Marietta, Georgia. He concentrates his practice in all areas of estate planning including wills, trusts, probate, special needs planning and guardianship, elder law and adoption and in other areas of family law, including prenuptial agreements, postnuptial agreements and collaborative divorce law.

Take Advantage of Senior Discounts

 

Summer is a popular time to travel and enjoy local or tourist attractions. A great way to cut down on these travel expenses is to take advantage of the many discounts available to seniors – there are even discounts available for those aged 50 and above. EAST COBBER presents a list of hotels and  entertainment venues that offer various senior discounts with different age requirements. If you know of any other senior discounts, pls email editor@eastcobber.com and we’ll be sure to share more discount offers online or in a future edition.

OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS:

  • Holiday Inn: 15-40% off depending on location (62+)
  • Best Western: 10% off (AARP)
  • Clarion Motels: 20%-30% off (60+)
  • Comfort Inn: 10% off (AARP)
  • Comfort Suites: 10% off (AARP)
  • Econo Lodge: 40% off (60+)
  • Holiday Inn Express: 15% off (AARP)
  • Hyatt Hotels: 10% off (AARP)
  • InterContinental Hotels Group: (65+)
  • La Quinta Hotels: 30% off and free breakfast (55+)
  • Marriott Hotels: 15% off (AARP)
  • Quality Inn: 40%-50% off (60+)
  • Ramada: 20% off (AARP)
  • Rodeway Inn: 20%-30% off (60+)
  • Sheraton: 20% off (AARP)
  • Westin: 20% off (AARP)

ACTIVITIES & ENTERTAINMENT:

  • AMC Theaters: up to 30% off (55+)
  • Busch Gardens Tampa, FL: $13 off one-day tickets (50+)
  • Carmike Cinemas: 35% off (65+)
  • Cirque du Soleil: 15-20% off
  • U.S. National Parks: $10 lifetime pass (includes free admission for “car load”); 50% off additional services including camping (62+)
  • Regal Cinemas: Popcorn and soda $5.50 (55+)
  • SeaWorld, Orlando , FL : $3 off one-day tickets (AARP)

Now, go out there and claim your discounts —- and remember — you must ASK for discounts —- no ask, no discount. Everyone knows someone over 50 so please pass this along! If you know of a discount we are missing from this list or if one of the discounts listed is no longer valid please email editor@eastcobber.com.

 

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Credit Freeze? Hacking? Learn more at East Cobb Senior Center.

 

Credit Freeze? Hacking?
June 5 | 10-11am
Free; Registration required

What do these words mean? How can you protect yourself from being a victim of identity theft? Join this
seminar and you will be guided through the process of placing a credit freeze. Bring your own laptop or a tablet.

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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Caregiving workshop is June 9

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As the final segment of the Aging by Design series, a workshop on “Caregiving” will be held 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 9, at the Senior Wellness Center, 1150 Powder Springs St., Marietta.

Join Carol Howell, dementia specialist and life coach, as she teaches caregiving techniques for those caring for loved ones with dementia. Pre-registration is required by calling 770-528-5355.

 

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New evening activities available for seniors

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This summer, Cobb Senior Services staff will host evening activities at the East Cobb Senior Center. This will be an excellent opportunity for working adults ages 55 and older to participate and experience a glimpse of the variety of events and activities available at Cobb senior centers.

To view the evening activities planned in July and August, click here.

 

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Serving the public for Older Americans Month

 

County and municipal elected officials served lunch to seniors at Cobb’s neighborhood centers and then dined with them Wednesday, May 13. The free “Let’s Do Lunch” event celebrated Older Americans Month and coincided with the 50th anniversary of the Older American’s Act.

 

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East Cobb Mediation To Offer Elder Mediation Services

 

East Cobb Mediation is pleased to announce the firm’s recent expansion of its scope of services to include mediating issues concerning the care of senior citizens. This expansion is a reflection of the firm’s commitment to providing innovative solutions that positively impact families in the community.

Planning and caring for an elderly family member can be a sensitive subject, and conflict can arise when considering medical care, housing, safety, caregivers and the costs and types of long-term care.

The East Cobb Mediation team includes individuals with experience specific to elder care mediation, helping ensure that you and your family can reach a consensus about how to care for those you love most.

“As our practice grows, we will continue to identify additional opportunities to meet our clients’ family and domestic mediation needs. We look forward to helping families resolve disputes pertaining to care of their elderly loved ones,” said Chuck Detling, Founder and Principal of East Cobb Mediation and a Partner with Detling Cole, LLC.

To learn more about elder mediation or our other services, give us a call at 6788194000, drop by our office (3020 Roswell Road, Suite 240 in Marietta) or visit us online at www.eastcobbmediation.com . We look forward to sharing the East Cobb Mediation Difference with you.

 

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