October is the Time to Honor Long-Term Care Residents

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On October 3, 2018, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal joined with Department of Human Services Commissioner Robyn Crittenden, Division of Aging Services Director Abby Cox, State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Melanie McNeil, Long-Term Care Ombudsman Advisory Council members, volunteers, and the staff of the Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman to proclaim the month of October as “Residents’ Rights Month”.

In 2018, more than 1,000 nursing home residents from across the state sent letters and petitions to Governor Deal and their state House and Senate members asking for an increase in the Personal Needs Allowance (PNA). Governor Deal and the members of the Georgia General Assembly responded positively.  Funds were recommended in the governor’s budget and increased by the legislature so that all residents will now have a PNA of $65 – an increase of $15 per month.  Many of the Ombudsman Representatives across the state encouraged and facilitated the effort. In addition, Governor Deal signed several bills including SB 406 related to long-term care background checks and HB 803 related to trafficking an individual for his or her benefits.

We strongly encourage the community to participate in Residents’ Rights Month activities and to visit residents, who continue to be important members of our communities.  Our staff and volunteers advocate for Georgia’s long-term care facility residents empowering residents to exercise their rights to make their own decisions.

Submitted by the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Office.

Fall Prevention Resources

i Sep 30th No Comments by

Looking for resources on Falls Prevention? Here are a few of our favorites:

www.georgiahealthmatters.org

www.ncoa.org/healthy-aging/falls-prevention/

www.cdc.gov/homeandrecreationalsafety/falls/compendium.html

Addressing Barriers to Providing Dementia Training for Direct Care Workers Report

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Please click below to access the report that covers the description, results, and lessons learned from the mini-grants awarded this spring by GGS! These organizations used different methods for reaching direct care workers for training and education including online and in-person. This project began with the research and work from the GARD Service Delivery work group in addressing barriers to training. This work aligns with goals of the GARD State Plan to increase education and training for direct care workers.

Addressing Barriers Final Report

Everyone with Diabetes Counts Program

i Jul 2nd No Comments by

Diabetes is a serious public health concern in the United States. According to the National Diabetes Statistics Report, 2014 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it affects 29.1 million people, or approximately 9.3 percent of the population. This percentage is expected to increase (Source: Lin et al. Population Health Metrics (2018) 16:9 Projection of the future diabetes burden in the United States through 2060). Health disparities in diabetes exist among racial/ethnic and other populations such as rural and low-income, resulting in higher rates of
diabetes in these communities.

In order to improve health equity by improving health literacy and quality of care among people with diabetes, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) launched Everyone with Diabetes Counts (EDC), a self-management education program offering evidence-based workshops in targeted communities. EDC is administered in Georgia by Alliant Quality using trained diabetes peer educators to provide free six-week workshops throughout the state. To learn more about the EDC program, and how to refer your patients to a local workshop – or how we can provide our six-week workshops in your practice – please contact Jeana Partington, Diabetes Task Manager at 919-745-4729 or Jeana.Partington@alliantquality.org.

Federal Advocacy – BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act

i Jun 20th No Comments by
Alzheimer’s is an urgent public health crisis impacting our nation’s health care infrastructure. Investing in a nationwide public health response to this crisis will improve quality of life for those living with the disease and their caregivers, and reduce associated costs for individuals and the government. The Building Our Largest Dementia (BOLD) Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act (S. 2076/H.R. 4256) would combat this crisis and create an Alzheimer’s public health infrastructure to address Alzheimer’s. We currently have six Georgia members of Congress that have signed on as co-sponsors of this bill. Ask your Representative and Senators to support the bill today. Simply click on this link and choose “BOLD Act.
Please forward a copy of the email that your receive as a confirmation to mboatwrightquinn@alz.org.
For more information, check out this fact sheet.

GGS Connector

i Dec 29th No Comments by
Are your receiving our monthly newsletter?

If you are a member of GGS, you should be receiving a monthly newsletter, the GGS Connector, every month. Our newsletter includes Member Spotlights, GGS Updates, Aging Resources, Advocacy Updates, Gerontology and Aging News, Upcoming Events, and more. If you are a member and are not receiving the newsletter, please email the Executive Director at administrator@georgiagerontologysociety.org. If you are not a member, please visit our Membership Page to learn more about the benefits of joining today.

Mentorship Program

i Oct 10th No Comments by
GGS has implementing a GGS Mentor program as a member benefit. We pair seasoned aging professionals (members) with anyone in our membership who would like a mentor for a one year mentorship. The program includes a minimum of three contacts annually. We recommend one face-to- face meeting (lunch or coffee) and two 30 minute telephone meetings as well. Our goal is to provide new professionals (or students) in aging a means to get “plugged in” to the aging network. Mentors will be a sounding board, resource & a friendly face at GGS events. If you are interested in becoming a mentor or you would like to get connected to a mentor, please email MaryLea Boatwright Quinn.