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Working Together for the Common Good

A publication of the

Volume 38, Issue 3

Also inside... ACCA to Hold Fall Prevention Seminar Introducing the 2014 Ms. Senior Athens New Classes at the Center for Active Living


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SUMMER on the cover

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The cover photo was taken by Mary Rabai. Mary moved to Athens last September and started volunteering with Meals on Wheels. She comes from a long line of organic gardeners so she had an interest in our community garden. A professional photographer, she combined her skills to capture the beautiful photograph used on the cover and the ones in the article about how our gardens are developing through the UGArden. See more of her art on pages 24 through 26 of this issue.

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introducing ms. senior athens

Get to know a little about June Mazur, the 2014 Ms. Senior Athens stop your fall

1/3 of all older adults fall each year... find out ways you can prevent from being part of this statistic

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in development

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around the bend

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on the scene

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letter from the ceo making it work an inside view cal program catalog

working together for the common good

ACCA has been building its community garden for several years. A new partnership with the University of Georgia’s UGArden, it is bound to be the best year yet. FALL 2013 3


LETTER

from the CEO

WEATHERING THE STORM ACCA Truly is Great Place to Work... I want to do a huge shout out to our Board, Volunteers, Donors and Staff. This year has been full of challenges with so many critical things happening. In early July of 2013, we learned that we would not escape Federal sequestration cuts that were to go into effect immediately. The board and staff quickly came to realize that we had to put in place changes that would affect everyone. Our first priority was to make pivotal shifts in our programming that would have the least negative impact on those we serve. The major cuts were in the Center for Active Living Congregate Meal Program, Adult Day Health and Meals on Wheels Program. Each of these core ACCA programs provide nutrition, socialization and respite services for our frail seniors in our community. The loss of funding for these key resources have a direct impact on our community. If a meal is missed, food insecurity goes up, if a day of daycare is not provided, a family member has higher stress levels or misses work and if a homebound senior has no contact with the outside world, a critical health issue may be missed or depression and social isolation can increase. There is no good outcome. So, facing these facts, ACCA relied on the help of our board, partners, donors and staff. Campus Kitchen jumped right in and began providing meals for the Center for Active Living Congregate Meal Program. This eliminated the need to purchase food from our vendor, thus reducing costs. Staff benefits were cut in the form of health insurance and retirement. ACCA cut retirement from 5% to 3% and the staff contribution to health insurance was increased. Other aging service providers in the state did not escape the cut and took even harder hits on their budget. One had to totally eliminate health insurance for staff and a food vendor went out of business. Over the course of the year, I have not had one complaint from any staff person on the way we have had to handle these serious cuts. Board members and our donors have stepped up to help us raise funds to be able to serve those in need. It has been a rough roller coaster ride this year and the ride isn’t over yet. We will continue to advocate for no funding cuts and will look at creative ways to address community needs. Thanks to a fabulous staff for being so resilient and caring for our customers and for the wonderful support board and donors have provided to us this year. I hope for a better 2015.

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Making it Work

CEO/President Jennie Deese Connections Editor KaDee Holt Board of Directors Mariah Pierce, Chair Shannon Wilder, Vice-Chair Joseph Frierson,III, Treasurer Shelby Lacy, Secretary

take out

TUESDAY By Erin Beasley | Senior Corps Program Director

Charles Auslander, III Annette Barfield William Baxter Randy Christian Dawn Donovan Mary Erlanger Gary Franklin Julie Gaines Connie Jeffreys Mary Ann Johnson Charles Kauderer Tommie Mullis Ghylaine Parthiot Kathleen Smith Linwood Smith Rhondolyn Smith Evelyn Wright

135 Hoyt Street Athens, GA 30601 706-549-4850

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In recognition of the 2014 Mayor’s Day of Service, Athens Mayor Nancy Denson joined Campus Kitchen at UGA and RSVP volunteers at Athens Community Council on Aging for the monthly Take-out Tuesdays supplemental meal route. Take-out Tuesdays is a partnership between the Campus Kitchen at UGA and ACCA, and is part of the Squash Senior Hunger initiative. On the last Tuesday of every month, food is distributed to home bound older adults in the community. Each client receives a bag of canned and dry goods as well as some local fresh produce, and a second bag of frozen, prepared meals created by Campus Kitchen. Mayor Denson, an active supporter of ACCA, joined volunteers assembling bags and then assisted with the delivery. The Mayor was joined by Campus Kitchen’s AmeriCorps VISTA, Kelsi Nummerdor, ACCA Senior Hunger AmeriCorps VISTA, Haley McCalla, and Helping Hands Volunteers, Ralph and Teresa Trammell. If you are interested in volunteering for Take Out Tuesday or learning more about the Helping Hands program, call Erin Beasley at 706-549-4850. Summer 2014 5


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Introducing June Mazur T

he fourth annual Ms. Senior Athens was held on Sunday, May 4 at the Athens Country Club. This is the signature fundraising event of the Athens Community Council on Aging and celebrates women 55 and over from the Northeast Georgia area who embody the ideals of living well and aging well and have had an impact on their community. June Mazur, the 2014 Ms. Senior Athens, was born in Atlanta, where she also attended Emory University, taught high school English, and began her 35-year career as a flight attendant for Delta Air Lines. She lived in Virginia, 9 years when growing up and, also, lived in Texas and Pennsylvania, before finding her way back to Georgia, moving to Athens, 6 years ago. It was the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UGA that drew her here. She has two wonderful sons in Dallas, TX, with whom she truly enjoys spending time, whenever possible. June’s work as a flight attendant fed her love of traveling and meeting people from all over the world; but after retirement, she also worked as a realtor, nanny, and for a boutique caterer. If she looks familiar to you, it may because you have seen her as an extra in movies such as the Joyful Noise, The Odd Life of Timothy Green, The Three Stooges, Flight, and the television show “Drop Dead Diva.” Soon after arriving in Athens, June became active in community theatre and loves being on stage. After all, the airplane aisle had been her stage for many years! She is very curious and loves to always be learning something new, taking a wide variety of classes with OLLI@UGA. Traveling, photography, gardening, reading, and enjoying everything about nature keep her life full of joy. Fourteen years ago, June was diagnosed with congestive heart failure and given 1 year to live. She refused to accept that diagnosis; and today, her heart is functioning normally. She cherishes and finds enjoyment in each day she is given. She believes living a full life beats just surviving. Fay Davis, the 2013 Ms. Senior Athens gave her farewell address and was joined by Marie Norris, 2012 Ms. Senior Athens and Annette Barfield, the 2011 Ms. Senior Athens to present the awards. The People’s Choice award was presented to Fay Miller in addition to the 2nd Runner Up. First Runner Up was Carla Harp. For more pictures from the event, see pages 44 and 45. 6 connections


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1/3 of Americans, aged 65+ fall each year.

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Stop your fall

By Eve Anthony | ACCA’s Chief Operating Officer

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By Amber Bland | Center for Active Living Member Services Manager

ccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, falls are the leading cause of death for older Americans. Every 15 seconds an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall and every 29 minutes, an older adult dies following a fall. Many older adults fear falling and as a result, they begin to limit their activities and social engagements causing physical decline, depression, social isolation, and feelings of helplessness. However, falling is not a normal part of aging and you do not need to be another statistic. There are many things that you can do to prevent falls and keep yourself on two balanced feet. ACCA offers many opportunities through our Center for Active Living (CAL) that will help you stay physically fit, socially engaged and learn about ways in which you can be empowered to prevent falls. 8 connections

In 2011, the direct medical cost of fatal and nonfatal falls totaled $36.4 billion.

The financial toll for older adult falls is expected to increase as the population ages and may reach $61.6 billion by 2020.

Don’t Let It

be YOU!


The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the following activities to stay independent and reduce the chance of falling:

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Exercise Regularly. It is important that the exercise focus on leg strength and balance. Beginning in July, ACCA, in partnership with Genesis Rehab is offering an evidence-based fall prevention program called Otago. Join us monthly to learn exercises which are proven to improve your balance and muscle strength in order to prevent falls. Please see the next page (page 10) for detailed class information. ACCA also offers Tai Chi, Yoga, group exercise, dance classes and many more activities which will help you stay fit and fall free! For more information, please see the “Ongoing Fitness Classes� section of the Center for Active Living catalog on page 35.

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Ask your doctor or pharmacist to review your medications, both prescription and over- the- counter, to identify medicines that may cause side effects such as dizziness or drowsiness which may increase your risk for falls. The Center for Active Living, in partnership with Walgreens, offers this service to members each quarter. You are welcome to bring your prescriptions to the center on scheduled days and a pharmacist will review your medications for you. For more information, please see page 30 of the CAL program.

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Have your eyes checked by an eye doctor at least once a year and update your eyeglasses to maximize your vision. The Center for Active Living offers vision screenings, on-site, several times a year. Please check the most current CAL calendar for the next offered screening.

Make your home safer by reducing tripping hazards, adding grab bars inside and outside the tub or shower and next to the toilet, adding railings on both sides of stairways, and improving the lighting in the homes. ACCA offers affordable home evaluations to assess your risk of falling in your home. This assessment offers suggestions for quick and easy modifications as well as referrals to trusted businesses that can help you structurally adapt you home, as needed. For more information, please call Mattee Barkdoll at 706-549-4850. For more information on becoming a member of the Center for Active Living, please contact Amber Bland at (706) 549-4850 or memberservices@accaging.org. For more information on the Otago Fall Prevention Program, please visit http://news.unchealthcare.org/ news/2013/september/the-otago-exercise-program-reduces-falls-among-older-adults.0. References: Center for Disease Control and Prevention, National Council on Aging

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Around the Bend

xTAGO

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Fall Prevention Exercise Program

The program consists of a set of leg muscle strengthening and balance retraining exercises progressing in difficulty. It also includes a walking plan. 35-40% fall reduction rate after completing the OTAGO program

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are 400 trained OTAGO physical x There therapists across all 50 states, the United Kingdom, and Australia aged 60 years and older accounted x Adults for 83% of Georgia’s fall-related deaths 2011, the direct medical cost of fatal and x Innonfatal injuries related to falls totaled $36.4 billion

ACCA Harris Room | 135 Hoyt Street Starting in July 2nd Wednesday of each month

10:00 to 11:00 am $10 per class or $50 for 6 classes Call Amber at 706-549-4850 to register

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ACCA’s Meals on Wheels would like to give a special “thank you” to Zaxby’s (820 Hull Rd, Athens, GA 30601) and the store’s manager, Donele Ware, for their bountiful donation of food to kick off National Volunteer Week at Athens Community Council on Aging. Our volunteers felt appreciated (and full!) beyond words! Thank you once again for supporting our volunteers and the ACCA!


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Athens, You Did It Again!

Thank you for helping our March For Meals campaign be a success for the fifth straight year! As in the years prior, we have participated in March For Meals, a national campaign held during the month of March, initiated and sponsored by the Meals On Wheels Association of America (MOWAA), to raise awareness of senior hunger and to encourage action on the part of local communities. With the continued support of the Athens community, we are ecstatic to report that this was the most successful campaign year to date. We generated awareness, recruited new volunteers, secured additional partnerships and raised more funds than any of the past March For Meals campaigns. Most importantly, this year’s March for Meals efforts will allow ACCA to continue to feed hungry seniors that are currently on our Meals on Wheels waiting list. We kicked off our 2014 campaign by participating in The Community Champions Week where we invited our local elected officials to partner with us, and the countless other Meals on Wheels programs all over the United States, to be our local Community Champion and show their support of older adults in ending senior hunger by 2020. Thank you, Athens-Clarke County Mayor Nancy Denson, City of Winder Mayor David Maynard, Commissioner Doug Lowry, Commissioner Jared Bailey and Georgia Representative Spencer Frye for showing their support and delivering meals in our community! On March 21, 2014, a Community Appreciation breakfast was held for countless dedicated volunteers, local businesses, community partners, our March for Meals sponsors, local community members along with some local elected officials. The purpose for this breakfast was to show our appreciation for all the many people that it takes to make our Meals on Wheels program a success and for each meal to be delivered. We also wanted to show that Meals on Wheels is more than just a meal. Along with a healthy meal, our Meals on Wheels program also delivers library books, pet food, birthday cards, care packages, fans, education, Christmas presents, access to fresh fruit and vegetables, a choice in what one will eat and the list goes on. In addition to these things that we can hold in our hands, we also provide friendships, smiles, laughter, safety checks, surprises, reassurance, encouragement, inspiration and love. The service that Meals on Wheels offers to someone cannot be measured or duplicated and it is important to ACCA that all involved in this amazing service are thanked for all they do. As we wrapped up our March for Meals campaign, we held our 4th Annual March for Meals Race. This year our March for Meals 5K became a March for Meals 5K/12K! We decided to add the additional component to symbolize what we do best—serving seniors 5 days a week for 12 months a year. Cheerful music by EZFM played as several local businesses passed out refreshments for runners and spectators. See more pictures on page 46. Summer 2014 11


Back To the Basics: Resident’s Rights T

By Keith Adams| Long Term Care Ombudsman

he Long-Term Care Ombudsman program wishes to remind our readers of the basics. All residents living in Nursing Homes and Personal Care Homes (a.k.a. Assisted Living Facilities) have a Bill of Rights which guarantees them certain rights while living in a long-term care facility. As Ombudsmen, we advocate for residents and monitor facilities to make sure that the residents’ rights are being observed. This month we’ll review the rights of residents in Nursing Homes, and we’ll review rights of Personal Care Home residents in the next newsletter. If you have a friend or family member in a long-term care facility and you believe their rights have been violated, call the Ombudsman program. Nursing Home Resident’s Bill of Rights A resident has the right to make certain basic choices concerning their care, including the right to: • Get up and go to bed as desired • Enter & Leave as desired • Participate in the development of the resident’s care plan • Refuse medications, dietary restrictions and treatment • Associate with whomever is desired on or off facility grounds • Choose and change their physician • Choose their pharmacy • Vote in any election with no interference • Receive visitors in private • Participate in social, family, religious and community activities • Be free from discrimination based on source of payment • Be free from discrimination based on physical or mental condition 12 connections


Physical & Chemical Restraints A resident has the right to be free from physical or chemical restraints, isolation or other restrictions. If restraints are used, they must be authorized by a written order from a physician. The order must specify the duration and circumstances under which the restraints are to be used. Their use can only be to the minimum extent necessary to protect the resident or others from immediate injury. They cannot be used for any other purpose. Transfer & Discharge Except for certain limited reasons, a resident has the right NOT to be discharged or transferred to another facility against his/her wishes. Reasons for transfer or discharge include: • An emergency situation • Failure to transfer will result in injury or illness to the resident • Non-payment of fees • Review team findings determine the resident no longer needs nursing home level of care. • The facility does not participate in the program paying for the resident’s care

ACCA’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program advocates for the rights of nursing home and personal care home residents, provides educational opportunities, and investigates and resolves complaints in long-term care facilities. Our singular focus is to protect the rights of residents in long-term care facility.

Athens Regional Home Health Services One-on-one care, in the comfort of your own home. Athens Regional Home Health nurses and therapists provide expert care in a patient’s home through a range of services to assist in the recovery from illness, injury or surgery. Our home health nurses are available around the clock to help patients achieve their function and mobility goals. We also guide families on how to best help their loved one. We've been providing quality home care services since 1998 and are licensed by the State of Georgia, certified by Medicare and accredited by the Joint Commission. We also rank in the top 20 percent of home health providers in the nation as measured by Home Health Compare.

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Prepare for Health Costs in Retirement

Submitted by Matt McKinney | Financial Advisor for Edward Jones in Watkinsville, GA

As you save and invest for retirement, what are your ultimate goals? Do you plan on traveling the world? Purchasing a vacation home? Pursuing your hobbies? People often think and plan for these costs. Yet, too often, many of us overlook what potentially could be a major expense during our retirement years: health care. By preparing for these costs, you can help yourself enjoy the retirement lifestyle you’ve envisioned. Many of us may ignore the impact of health care costs because we just assume Medicare will pay for everything. But that’s not the case. In estimating health care costs during retirement, you may find that $4,000 to $6,000 per year per person for traditional medical expenses is a good starting point, although the amount varies by individual. Furthermore, this figure does not include the costs of long-term care, which can be considerable. To illustrate: The national average for home health aide services is nearly $45,000 per year, and a private room in a nursing home is nearly $84,000 per year, according to a recent survey by Genworth, a financial security company. So what can you do to help cope with these costs? Here are a few suggestions: 1. Estimate your costs. Try to estimate what your out-of-pocket health care costs might be, based on your health, your age at retirement, whatever supplemental insurance you may carry and other factors. 2. Know the key dates. Things can change in your life, but try to identify, as closely as possible, the age at which you plan to retire. This will help you spot any coverage gaps before you become eligible for Medicare at age 65. Also, be aware of the sevenmonth window for enrolling in Medicare, beginning three months before your 65th birthday.

3. Review your insurance options. Medicareapproved insurance companies offer some other parts to Medicare, including Part D, which covers prescription drugs; Medigap, which covers gaps in Parts A and B (in-hospital expenses, doctor services, outpatient care and some preventive services); and Part C (also known as Medicare Advantage, which is designed to replace Parts A, B, Medigap and, potentially, part D). You have several options for Part D, Medigap and Medicare Advantage, each with varying coverage and costs, so choose the plans that best fit your needs. (To learn more about Medicare and supplemental insurance, go to www. medicare.gov.) 4. Develop a long-term care strategy. To meet longterm care costs, you could self-insure or purchase insurance coverage. To learn about long-term care insurance solutions, contact your financial advisor. 5. Invest for growth and rising income. Health care costs typically rise as you move further into retirement, so make sure that a reasonable portion of your assets is allocated to investments with the potential for both growth and rising income. 6. Think about health care directives. If you were to become incapacitated, you might be unable to make health care decisions — and these decisions may affect not only your quality of life but also your financial situation, and that of your family. Talk to your legal advisor about establishing a health care directive, which allows you to name someone to make choices on your behalf. 7. Health care costs during your retirement may be unavoidable. But by anticipating these costs, you can put yourself in a position to deal with them — and that’s a healthy place to be.

This article is written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor. Copyright © 2014 Edward Jones, All rights reserved. Member SIPC. This site is designed for U.S. residents only. The services offered within this site are available exclusively through our U.S. financial advisors. Edward Jones’ U.S. financial advisors may only conduct business with residents of the states for which they are properly registered. Please note that not all of the investments and services mentioned are available in every state.

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KNOW WHO TO CALL WHEN YOUR BONDS ARE CALLED,

AND YOUR CD’S MATURE. Reinvesting after your bonds are called and your CD’s mature can seem overwhelming if you’re not prepared. That’s why it makes sense to call Edward Jones. That way you can find an investment that fits your specific needs. All you have to do to get started is pick up the phone. Call or visit today. Matt McKinney, AAMS® Financial Advisor 1020 Barber Creek Drive Suite 211 Watkinsville, GA 30677 706-227-2943 matt.mckinney@edwardjones.com www.edwardjones.com

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FITNESS CENTER NOW OPEN

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taying active is one of the most important things to do, especially aging adults. It has many benefits including lowering your risk for numerous health problems, helping stay physically fit, preserve muscle strength and maintaining the health of your heart. The Center for Active Living at ACCA is excited to add a new fitness center for its members. This is in addition to the number of exercise classes that are currently being offered. The fitness center has several treadmills, an elliptical, and stationary bike to add to our list of ways to stay healthy. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the following activity for older adults: If you are age 65 years or older, are generally fit, and have no limiting health conditions, you should be able to follow these guidelines. However, no matter what your health status is, be sure to check in with your health care provider before increasing your activity level. 2 hours and 30 minutes (150 minutes) of moderate-intensity aerobic activity (i.e., brisk walking) every week and muscle-strengthening activities on 2 or more days a week that work all major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders, and arms). OR 1 hour and 15 minutes (75 minutes) of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity (i.e., jogging or running) every week and muscle-strengthening activities on 2 or more days a week that work all major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders, and arms). OR An equivalent mix of moderate- and vigorous-intensity aerobic activity and muscle-strengthening activities on 2 or more days a week that work all major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders, and arms). Older adults at risk of falling should do exercises that maintain or improve their balance. For best results, they should do these exercises at least 3 days a week, using exercises specifically shown to reduce falls. For a full list of all of the activities available at the Center for Active Living, please see page 27 of this book. For more information, give the Center for Active Living a call at 706-549-4850. 16 connections

References: Center for Disease Control and Prevention


SUMMER IS ALMOST UPDATE HERE & IT’S GOING TO BE

HOT! HOT! HOT!

By Jessica Craft | Home Delivered Meals Program Manager

With green grass, colorful flowers, and the sounds of children playing, summer time is beautiful in the south but it is also one of the most dangerous times for older adults. The Center for Disease Control reports that approximately 658 people die each year from the dangers of high temperatures. The SeniorJournal.com reported that 7233 people died due to high temperatures between 1999 and 2009. Each year beginning in early spring, some of our at-risk clients ask for help buying fans to assist in keeping them cooler in the months to come. The majority are in our Meals on Wheels program and are homebound adults who are on a fixed income and cannot afford adequate cooling equipment. In some cases, if they do have air conditioners, they cannot afford to pay the high cost of running it. Some of our clients do not have family members where they can stay while it’s hot and the Meals on Wheels volunteer is the only person checking on their well-being. With that said, ACCA is asking for your help in keeping our at-risk clients safe and cool this summer. Here are some ways that you can help: • Make a monetary donation to ACCA to help purchase fans • Purchase fans yourself and donate them to ACCA • Donate fans that you may have at your home that you are not using as long as it is in good working order. If you would like your donation to be allocated to a program other than Home Delivered Meals, you can even specify which program you would like it to go to. All donations are tax deductible. If purchasing or donating fans, please include a dollar amount that you feel is an appropriate amount to be listed on the in -kind form or the receipt from the purchase. Please make all checks payable to ACCA. Be sure to write ‘fan donation’ and the program name in the memo line. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Jessica Craft, Home Delivered Meals Program Manager or Kelly McDowell, Home Delivered Meals Program Specialist at 706-549-4850. References: Centers for Disease Control http://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2013/p0606-extreme-heat.html) Senior Journal at http://seniorjournal.com/NEWS/Alerts/2013/20130607

Athens Community Council on Aging will be opening the Center for Active Living at Winterville doors soon! Be sure to check www.accaging.com or follow us on facebook.com/accaging to get the most up-to-date information about CAL Winterville. Until we have access to the new building, feel free to stop by the Winterville Depot for Tai Chi on Mondays at 10:30am. Free Style Dance with Elizabeth Wilkins and Yoga with Ginger Demi will begin immediately upon our grand opening of the new site. For a full list of Winterville programming currently available, please see page 40. The multi-purpose building will eventually host ongoing cooking classes, art classes, and a variety of other fitness and wellness classes. If you have ideas for classes or are interested in teaching something in Winterville, please let us know. You can give us a call at 706-549-4850 and speak with Amber. We look forward to seeing you in Winterville!

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On February 27, 2014, a group of our Center for Active Living participants traveled to Atlanta for the Be There for Senior Rally. They briefly met with Governor Nathan Deal and advocated for the rights of older adults.

The Center for Active Living participants and members of the line dancing class had a hat parade to celebrate the week of Easter.

Adult Day Health in Athens colored eggs with clients. 18 connections

Winder Adult Day Health had a masquerade party for Mardi Gras.


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Do you have questions about Medicare? Call GeorgiaCares for free, unbiased information pertaining to the Medicare program.

We can help you:

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• Compare Medicare Part D plans • Compare Medicare Advantage Plans • Explain the Medicare program and how it works • Assist you with comparing Medicare Supplement plan • Apply for Medicare Savings Programs that can help you with Medicare and drug costs

Call 1-866-552-4464 and choose option 4. Or call to make an appointment to meet with a Counselor in person Athens Community Council on Aging 135 Hoyt St Athens, GA 30601 Jessica Bankston, Northeast GeorgiaCares Coordinator Email: jbankston@accaging.org or visit www.mygeorgiacares.org Summer 2014

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An Inside View

Music Therapy

By Cheryl Dean | Adult Day Health Director of Nursing

Music Therapy is one of the most common treatments for Alzheimer’s disease. Some experts consider general information and memory of music to be a part of the brain that remains preserved in clients with Alzheimer’s disease, although cognitive functions, learning, attention and even judgment become impaired. Music therapy is thought to be effective because it reduces agitation by altering how patients perceive noise. It can help patients interpret his or her environment, which may lessen any fear or agitation they may be experiencing. The effectiveness of music therapy depends on the quality and length of treatment. Some of the most common effects of Music Therapy are improved social behaviors, like interpersonal interactions and conversations with other individuals. Music Therapy could also be beneficial in reducing wandering, restlessness and agitation. The Athens Community Council on Aging’s Adult Day Health Centers utilize Music Therapy in their daily routine and the participants love it. ACCA recently took this to another level by partnering with the Kitchen Foundation and Vince Zangaro for the Athens Alzheimer’s Music 20 connections

Fest. This was the second event for the Kitchen Foundation and Zangaro but the first for the Athens area and with the ACCA. The family friendly event was held on Sunday, January 26, 2014 and had 17 bands performing throughout the day at the Melting Point. The list of bands are Poverty Level Band, Lowdive, The Daniels Brothers, Mike Watson Band, ZANGARO, Dangfly, Lefty Williams, Jeb Stuart Band, Five Eight, Laurie Rider, Tom Lennon, Lianne Hutcheson, Josh Perkins, Peyton Parker & Jon Latham, Scott Low, Little Boxes, and Fester Hagood. The Alzheimer’s Music Fest’s main objective is to raise money for those taking care of their loved ones at home effected by this debilitating disease. Alzheimer’s Awareness is a must and bringing community, businesses and music together will shine light on caregivers and their financial challenges that need to be more of a focus. All of the money raised goes to a family with caregiver needs. The next Alzheimer’s Music Fest will be held in Marietta at 120 Tavern and Music Hall on July 26, 2014 from noon until 10:00 pm.


It’s More Than Just a Meal...

This note could be for you...

Volunteer for Meals on Wheels Today!

Deliver a hot meal at noon to a homebound person in Barrow County or Clarke County from 10:30 to 12:00 pm, Monday through Friday. • Become a regular volunteer delivering 1 day each week or • Become a substitute volunteer delivering as needed For Winder For Athens Meals on Wheels Meals on Wheels Call 678-425-0718 Call 706-549-4850 63 Lee Street in Winder 135 Hoyt Street in Athens Summer 2014 21


A friendly reminder from your local GeorgiaCares office....

SCAM ALERT

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o one wants to admit that they have been scammed. Unfortunately, scammers are hard at work everyday trying to defraud anyone but especially older adults. According to the FBI “older Americans are less likely to report fraud because they don’t know who to report it to, are too ashamed at having been scammed, or don’t know they have been scammed.” Financial exploitation of older adults is now considered the “crime of the 21st century” and its getting worse. So what are some of the most prevalent scams circulating the country? We have compiled a list for you to read over below: The Medical Alert Scam – Scammers call claiming the person has qualified for a free medical alert system. All they have to do is pay for shipping. Once the person gives payment information they get charged a monthly fee with no equipment delivered. The Arrest Warrant Scam – Scammers call claiming they are from the sheriff or police department and a warrant is out for the individual’s arrest. They try to get them to pay money to have it “taken care of.” Scam Texts – More seniors are texting now than ever. Scammers have realized that and send text messages trying to get bank or financial information indicating that the persons debit card needs to be reactivated or that there is a problem with their account. Healthcare/Medicare Fraud Scam – Most seniors over the age of 65 have Medicare. Scammers have found a way to coax Medicare information out of individuals by claiming they qualify for “free” services, or that Medicare is issuing new cards and they need to confirm the information they have on file. Affordable Health Care Act Scam – With the recent implementation of the Affordable Health Care Act scammers have tried fooling Americans into giving out personal information when it is not necessary. 22 connections

By Jessica Bankston | GeorgiaCares Program Director

These scams as well as others are circulating the county and thousands of seniors are being targeted daily. Here are some tips to avoid being scammed: 1. Register with the do not call list. This will cut down on many telemarketers that may try to contact seniors to sell services. https://www.donotcall.gov 2. If someone calls requesting personal information hang up. It’s as simple as that! Do not give them any information. 3. Keep in mind that it is rare that Social Security or Medicare call beneficiaries. They commonly mail letters and rarely call. If they do call, remember they already have all of your information! 4. Protect your Medicare number as you would a credit card. Don’t give it out to just anyone and do not allow anyone to use it. If you suspect Medicare fraud, errors, or abuse you can contact GeorgiaCares to report it. Contact us at 1-866-552-4464 Option 4. GeorgiaCares is the State Health Insurance and assistance program (SHIP) and Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP). If you would like personalized assistance with Medicare, would like to request a presentation to your organization, or would like to volunteer please contact us today!


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Working Together for the common good Story by Cassandra Kusmisz Photos by Mary Rabai

The Athens Community Council on Aging (ACCA) has created two gardens on their campus, imparting locals with fresh produce while also supplementing the Meals on Wheels and Grandparents Raising Grandchildren programs. Interest in building the garden began in January of 2012 when ACCA received a one-year grant in support of the project. This grant allotted funds to purchase the seeds and materials needed to construct raised beds for the plants, and with the help of both University of Georgia’s Department of Horticulture and the Navy School, the beds were constructed and seeds sown. 24 connections


David Berle, a professor in the Department of Horticulture at UGA, and several of his horticulture classes worked together to maintain the garden and keep it thriving. Berle’s involvement has helped in creating different partnerships within the community for ACCA, notably those with UGArden and Athens Land Trust. In 2013 Athens Land Trust received a grant that helped with the foundation of several gardens in the local Athens community. Those at ACCA were beneficiaries of the funds. Athens Land Trust provided ACCA with a staff member, Stephanie Bergamo, working 20 hours a week to manage the gardens and coordinate volunteers. Stephanie’s efforts resulted in the

establishment of the ACCA’s Center for Active Living (CAL) Garden Club. CAL garden club members have the opportunity to work in the intergenerational garden, at the rear of the Bentley Center, and take home produce for themselves while simultaneously supporting production to supplement the other programs of ACCA. With the Athens Land Trust grant finishing up at the end of 2013, ACCA’s Senior Hunger Coalition (SHC) connected with UGArden, a student-run farm just south of the main University of Georgia campus, for volunteer support and garden maintenance. One of the projects they have collaborated on is the Monday morning produce stand where produce harvested from ACCA’s

gardens and UGArden are sold to the community. The produce is sold at half price to those with EBT (SNAP) cards and is every Monday from 12-3:00 pm. This year, ACCA and UGArden are working to transform the community garden in the front portion of the ACCA campus, into one purposed for and supported by community volunteers. Ideally community members and ACCA members will be able to work in tandem to maintain the garden and support the development of a beautiful green space that allows older adults access to locally grown produce. By engaging the local community, ACCA will be able to create a network for volunteer outreach... Continued on Next Page

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and to promote awareness of the garden. Georgia Hawkins, a fourth-year Environmental Engineering student at UGA, was hired by Berle and UGArden in January to manage both the community garden in the front and the intergenerational garden in back of the Bentley Center for Adult Day Health. Hawkins upholds the gardens with the help of students from Berle’s Horticulture Science and Sustainable and Organic Gardening classes. Students from these classes are required to volunteer a minimum of 6 hours per semester in order to receive credit for the courses. Every week, students assist in workday projects coordinated by Hawkins, each one different though striving to achieve the common goal of providing produce to supplement ACCA’s programs. Working in the garden gives these students the opportunity to experience both agriculture first-hand as well as the positive effects that locally grown food can have on a community. It is a place where they can give back and feel apart of something worthwhile. “Both the intergenerational garden and the community garden have the potential to become integral parts of the ACCA community by not only providing produce to locals and ACCA programs, but by also providing a space in which people of all different backgrounds and of all different ages can come and work alongside one another,” said Hawkins. Involvement outside of the UGA network is also essential to the growth of the gardens. Volunteers like Mary Rabai are very important for both spreading the word about the gardens at ACCA to the public and helping to develop a sustainable volunteer base for them. Rabai first became involved with ACCA delivering meals for the Meals on Wheels program and shortly thereafter began volunteering in the gardens where she has been able to share her knowledge of organics. “Growing a garden develops a person’s creativity, 26 connections

patience, and flexibility. These gardens are a place to feel alive, to make something beautiful, and laugh a lot,” said Rabai. Like many others, Rabai benefits from being a volunteer as she can enjoy the gardening and make lasting friendships. “I am drawn to the clients who visit the Center for Active Living and the Bentley Center. Many of them have lived much of their lives farming or gardening and have huge enthusiasm and knowledge to contribute. In the garden, all they need is some space, tools, and the freedom to have at it,” she continued. In the near future, one of ACCA’s goals is to make the intergenerational garden more accessible to those with disabilities, incorporating raised beds with wheelchair accessibility. The Adult Day Health at the Bentley Center is also beginning to provide some of their members with the opportunity to participate in low impact gardening activities. ACCA and the Bentley Center could then utilize the garden as a therapeutic area for members to get their hands dirty and be a part of something meaningful. To learn more about becoming involved in the community garden, you can contact Sarah McKinney, ACCA’s Director of Development and Volunteer Services, at smckinney@accaging.org.


Formerly the Athens-Clarke County Senior Center, the Center for Active Living (CAL) is a multi-purpose center dedicated to offering a variety of opportunities for older adults to stay active while they age in Athens and surrounding areas. CAL provides learning opportunities to engage older adults (50+) by offering unique social, cultural, educational, and wellness-related classes and activities. Membership for Clarke County residents is $35 per year. These programs are designed for you and we want to see you here.

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Lunch with a Therapist According to the CDC’s website, each year one in three adults over the age of 65 experiences a fall. Injuries from falls have a range of negative health repercussions, anything from light bruising all the way to early death. Come and learn preventative measures you can take to remain fall free. Occupational Therapist will be introducing a new Fall Prevention Program, Otago, offered at the Center for Active Living beginning this July! Lunch will be provided. If you’re interested in attending, RSVP by calling Amber at 706-549-4850 by June 20th. Where: ACCA Harris Room When: Wednesday, June 25th Time: 11:00am-12:00pm Cost: $10 Alternative Medicines Join us as Tony Galis, owner of Thrive Integrative Medicine, comes to talk about the many benefits of Chinese medicine. He will talk about Acupuncture and a variety of Chinese Herbal Remedies. Chinese Herbal Remedies are complex blends of multiple herbs with many health benefits. Tony is a licensed acupuncturist. His talk will be extremely informative and something you don’t want to miss. Call Amber to RSVP (706-5494850). Where: ACCA Glass Dining Room When: Wednesday, June 11th Time: 10:00am-11:00am Cost: FREE to CAL Members

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Member Coffee/Tea Meet and Greet Want to meet other CAL Members? Our upcoming Meet and Greet, held quarterly at ACCA, is an excellent opportunity for you to meet other CAL members as well as the CAL staff, offer suggestions, and bring your friends. This month Menchie’s will provide frozen yogurt for our gathering. We will also provide tea and coffee. We look forward to seeing you! Where: The Library at ACCA When: Thursday, June 12th Time: 1:05pm-2:00pm Cost: FREE to CAL Members June Birthday Celebration Come and join in on the fun as we celebrate our CAL Members who share birthdays in June! We invite all members to drop in for cake and punch. CAL will host a birthday party on the last Thursday of every month. Call Amber to RSVP (706-549-4850). Where: The Round Room at ACCA When: Thursday, June 26th Time: 1:00pm-1:45pm Cost: FREE to CAL Members

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Computer Basics CAL will be holding a monthly computer class, with a different topic each month. Bring your questions! Space is limited; call Amber at 706-549-4850 to reserve your seat today! Topic: Microsoft Word Where: ACCA Computer Lab When: Monday, June 16th Time: 11:00am-11:30am Cost: FREE to CAL Members Topic: Microsoft Excel Where: ACCA Computer Lab When: Wednesday, July 9th Time: 11:00am-11:30am Cost: FREE to CAL Members Topic: Microsoft Publisher Where: ACCA Computer Lab When: Tuesday, August 12th Time: 11:00am-11:30am Cost: FREE to CAL Members

ARTini Art Class Kate is back for the third time and attendance is only going up. Kate has another beautiful painting picked out for us this quarter! It is sure to be a great afternoon. We will have all of the supplies that you need; the only thing you need to bring is yourself and a smile! Please RSVP to Amber at 706-549-4850 by Monday, June 9th. Where: ACCA Brick Dining Room When: Friday, June 13th Time: 2:00pm-4:00pm Cost: $20 for CAL Members

Juice Your Way to a Healthier Life Presented by Journey Juice. Juicing is a great way to get extra vitamins and minerals that keep our bodies and minds healthy. Join us as Liz from Athens’ own Journey Juice comes to talk about the various health benefits and methods of juicing. This is sure to be a delicious seminar. Space is limited; call Amber at 706549-4850 to reserve your seat today. Where: ACCA Glass Dining Room When: Wednesday, July 16th Time: 10:00am-11:00am Cost: FREE to CAL Members Outsmart your Smartphone Are you having trouble with that pesky smartphone you just bought? Do you want to learn how to make it work optimally? Well, this is the class for you! We will be answering your individual questions and walking you through solutions. Don’t miss this chance to make your phone yours. We look forward to seeing you! Where: The Library at The Athens Community Council on Aging When: Thursday, July 24th Time: 2:45pm-3:45pm Cost: Free for CAL Members OTAGO Balance Program Falling is an avoidable part of aging! People who have participated in OTAGO experienced a 35-40% fall reduction rate. OTAGO is a fall prevention program consisting of a set of leg muscle strengthening and balance retraining exercises progressing in difficulty, and a walking plan. According to the CDC, 1 in 3 older adults will fall each year. Join us for this excellent opportunity to keep yourself fall free! However, space is limited. See page 8 for more information. Call Amber at 706-549-4850 to reserve your space. Where: ACCA Harris Room When: 2nd Wednesday of the month, starting in July Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am Cost: $10 per class or $50 for 6 classes Summer 2014 29


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Makeup and Hair Tips & Tricks for the Young at Heart Are you carrying around many years’ worth of makeup? Well, it’s time to clean out that ole makeup bag and freshen up your look! Having the right hair and makeup can help you feel 10 years younger and who doesn’t love that? We are having AnneZoe and Donnatella Alexander come in and help you modernize your look. Be sure to bring your own makeup bag and these ladies will teach how to use what you already have as well as introduce you to some new products. Please submit any questions you would like answered to memberservices@accaging.org. Space is limited; call Amber 706-549-4850 to reserve your seat today! Where: ACCA Bentley Salon When: Monday, July 28th Time: 11:30am-1:00pm part 1 1:00pm-1:30pm lunch on your own 1:30pm-2:30pm part 2 Cost: FREE for CAL Members and $5.00 for NonMembers

Lunch with a Doctor Dr. William Chafin, from Athens Regional, is coming for his second talk here at the Center for Active Living. He has been practicing medicine for ten years and has ample information to share. During his talk, he will be talking about arthritis. He will focus on rheumatoid arthritis. Bring your questions! Lunch will be sponsored by AbbVie. RSVP with Amber (706-549-4850) to order your lunch! Where: ACCA Harris Room When: Wednesday, July 23rd Time: 12:00pm- 1:00pm Cost: FREE to CAL Members

July Birthday Celebration Come and join in on the fun as we celebrate our CAL members who share birthdays in July! We invite all members to drop in for cake and punch. CAL will host a birthday party on the last Thursday of every month. Call Amber to RSVP (706-549-4850). Where: The Round Room at ACCA When: Thursday, July 31st Time: 1:00pm-1:45pm Cost: FREE to CAL Members

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Walk for Wellness Join your friends – or come make new ones – at the Walk for Wellness meetings every other month for an educational presentation, free blood pressure screenings, door prize drawings and more. Past educational presenters have included pharmacists, nurses, doctors, researchers, book authors, etc. Georgia Square Mall is a great place to walk by offering all the benefits of walking in a flat, secure, climate controlled environment. The doors open before the stores do, allowing you to beat the crowds! This program is sponsored by The Center for Active Living, Arbor Terrace, Athens Regional Health System, Georgia Square Mall, and St. Mary’s Health Care System. For details, please call Mark at 706.389.3897. Where: Georgia Square Mall Food Court When: July 15th and September 16th (third Tuesdays of odd-numbered months) Time: Breakfast begins at 8:00am and meeting begins at 8:30am Cost: Free and open to the community

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AARP Smart Driver Learn how to operate your vehicle more safely in today’s increasingly challenging driving environment. You’ll learn adjustments to accommodate common agerelated changes in vision, hearing, and reaction time. You will learn the following: How to minimize the effects of dangerous blind spots, the safest ways to change lanes and make turns at busy intersections, proper use of safety belts, air bags, anti-lock brakes, and new technologies used in cars, the effects of medications on driving, and the importance of eliminating distractions, such as eating, smoking, and cell-phone use. Where: ACCA Bentley Conference Room When: Thursday & Friday July 17th & 18th OR Thursday & Friday, September 4th & 5th Time: 8:45am-12:00pm Thursday and 9:00am-12:00pm Friday Cost: $15 AARP Members, $20 Non-AARP Members Cake Decorating Deborah Dykstra from Deborah’s Specialty Cakes is coming to lead a cake interactive decorating class. This beginner level class will focus on basic cake decorating skills. You will be able to take the cake home with you and enjoy! We will supply everything you need for the class. All you need to bring is an apron and your enthusiasm. This is sure to be a sweet afternoon! Call Amber (706-549-4850) to RSVP by August 4th. Where: Brick Dining Room When: Monday, August 11th Time: 2:00pm-3:30pm Cost: $25 for CAL Members

COPD Awareness Dr. Jakemia Coleman is a board certified physician in Pulmonary Diseases. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is one of the most common lung diseases a major cause of disability and the third leading cause of death in the United States. COPD is progressive and is caused by repeated exposure to substances that irritate and damage the lungs, such as: cigarette smoke, air pollution, chemical fumes, or dust. Join us for this informative talk. Reserve your seat today by calling Amber at 706-549-4850. Where: ACCA Glass Dining Room When: Wednesday, August 27th Time: 11:00am-11:45am Cost: FREE to CAL Members August Birthday Celebration Come and join in on the fun as we celebrate our CAL members who share birthdays in August! We invite all members to drop in for cake and punch. CAL will host a birthday party on the last Thursday of every month. Call Amber to RSVP (706-549-4850). Where: The Round Room at ACCA When: Thursday, August 28th Time: 1:00pm-1:45pm Cost: FREE to CAL Members

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Gibbs Garden Join us as we explore the beautiful Gibbs Gardens. Situated north of Atlanta, this garden oasis is a treat to anyone lucky enough to enter its gates. We will enjoy the Manor Garden, the Japanese Garden, and the Waterlily Garden just to name a few. Each is gorgeous in its own right. We will have lunch at the Arbor Café. This café offers a variety of sandwiches for your enjoyment. The cost of lunch is not included in the price of the trip. Where: Depart from ACCA When: Thursday, June ¬¬¬¬19th Time: 9:00am-4:00pm Cost: $50 for CAL Members

DeKalb Farmer’s Market An indoor market, the DeKalb Farmer’s Market has delicacies from all over the world! Bring your bags and enjoy this grocery trip far more than any other you’ve ever made. Have a recipe that you want to make but can’t find all of the ingredients? Well the DeKalb Farmer’s Market will not disappoint you! You will be able to find all your heart desires! Filled with coffee, produce, meat, various bakery goods, flowers, cheese, beer and wine, and a variety of international foods, this is a trip you won’t want to miss. We will have lunch at their café inside the market. The café only takes cash and the cost of lunch is not included. Bring a sweater; part of the indoor market can be chilly. Where: Depart from ACCA Zoo Atlanta When: Wednesday, July 2nd Whether you want to brave the African Safari to see Time: 9:30am-3:00pm the big cats or take on the polar ice caps to visit the Cost: $35 for CAL Members penguins, this is the trip for you! We are heading to the Zoo Atlanta to unleash the inner beast within each The Bodies Exhibit at Atlantic Station of us. While at the zoo we will see wild animals from We’re taking a journey through the human body. The all over the world. We will have lunch within the zoo. creators of the Bodies Exhibit used an innovative The cost of lunch is not included. This is a guaranteed preservation process to perfectly preserve various great day! Join us by calling Amber at 706-549-4850 states of the human body. Ever wonder what your by Tuesday, June 17th. circulatory system looks like? Well here’s your chance Where: Depart from ACCA to find out. You will be able to view all the different When: Tuesday, June 24th systems of your body, without the gore. Join us for Time: 9:00am-4:00pm the amazing opportunity to learn about, well, YOU. We Cost: $60 for CAL Members will have lunch at the Atlantic Station food court. The cost of lunch is not included in the price. Reserve your ticket by calling Amber at 706-549-4850 by Monday, July 14th. Where: Depart from ACCA When: Monday, July 21st Time: 9:00am-4:00pm Cost: $55 for CAL Members

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Mall of Georgia It’s time to hit the mall and take advantage of all of the back to school sales! We will spend the day shopping in the many stores and outlets the Mall of Georgia has to offer. We will have lunch in the mall; the cost of lunch is not included. Where: Depart from ACCA When: Tuesday, August 5tH. Time: 10:00am- 3:00pm Cost: $30 for CAL Members

Extreme Dinosaurs at Atlantic Station Extreme Dinosaurs is making its American debut in Atlanta. During our time in Atlantic Station, we will be able to experience dinosaurs like never before! The exhibit immerses the visitor into a naturalistic environment with 17 animatronic dinosaurs that will roar, snarl, open their jaws, blink their eyes, move their limbs and more. This is sure to bring out the kid in all of us! We will have lunch at the Atlantic Station food court. The cost of lunch is not included. Reserve your seat on the time machine by calling Amber at 706-5494850 by Wednesday, August 13th. Where: Depart from ACCA When: Wednesday, August 20th Time: 9:00am-4:00pm Cost: $45 for CAL Members

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PilatesSOUL NEW! Come try this NEW class! First 5 classes are FREE! We will combine Pilates, a group of mat exercises, and soul enhancing activities. Pilates was taught by Joseph Pilates as a tool to build strength and flexibility. The soul comes in through mediation and relaxation, which we will use to center the mind and body and reduce stress. This is great for all fitness levels! Be sure to bring your own mat. Where: ACCA Harris Room When: Wednesdays (1st, 2nd, and 4th Wednesdays) Time: 1:30pm-2:30pm Cost: 5 classes for $25 for CAL Members Where: Hudson Conference Room When: Wednesdays (3rd Wednesday only) Time: 1:30pm-2:30pm Cost: 5 classes for $25 for CAL Members

Yoga-lates Flex NEW! This chair oriented class combines: Yoga, Pilates, and flexibility. This class gently and safely builds strength and flexibility. It is great for beginners, those with balance problems, arthritis or those who fatigue easily. Be sure to bring a yoga mat to go under your chair. Where: ACCA Brick Dining Room When: Wednesdays Time: 3:00pm-4:00pm Cost: 5 classes for $25 for CAL Members CAL Exercise Equipment We now have an exercise room available for use. It includes: 2 treadmills, a bike, and an elliptical. Come and check it out! Where: Formerly the Athens Community Council on Aging Library, now the CAL Fitness Center When: Monday-Friday Time: 8:00am-4:30pm Cost: FREE for CAL Members

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Walking Group You’ll notice the Greenway has been extended to just outside our door. This is a perfect opportunity for us to take on a new exercise class! Amber, your friendly neighborhood Member Services Manager, will be leading this group. We will set out and see where the (well paved) trail leads. The completion date is set for the beginning of May so we will be able to use the Greenway this summer! Call Amber (706-549-4850) to see where we will be walking. Be sure to wear comfy tennis shoes and bring some water! Where: Meet in CAL Lobby When: Fridays Time: 9:00am-9:30am Cost: FREE to CAL Members

Fitness Assessment Being healthy is so much more than just eating right and exercising. It is eating and exercising in a way that works for you as an individual and your specific fitness needs. A great first step to ensuring your overall fitness is to schedule a Fitness Assessment. These screenings are age appropriate and safe, and will show you what you need to focus on for optimum results. There are many options to choose from. This Fitness Assessment is excellent for men or women of all fitness levels. This service usually costs approximately $125; however, with your CAL membership you will receive a discounted fee of $50 and you will receive two 1 hour appointments. You are not obligated to continue with Personal Training if you so desire. Where: ACCA Harris Room Happy Feet When: By appointment only Our feet can be our most neglected body part. Did you Cost: $50 for CAL Members know there are pressure points in your feet that act as Call Amber 706-549-4850 to schedule your Fitness a gauge throughout the whole body? Our feet are the Assessment foundation of posture and functional movement. If the feet aren’t cared for properly the whole body can suffer. Personal Training Did you know stiff ankles and feet are the number one In order to take advantage of our Personal Training reason for falls? Did you know shoes are the number services, San, the instructor, does require individuals one reason for foot pain? Foot fitness is fun and easy to partake in the Fitness Assessment. If you choose to achieve! This five week class is for all ages and fitness continue with Personal Training, San will complete a levels. You’ll need a towel and foot lotion. training schedule for the two of you to work on during Where: Meet in the Lobby of the Center for Active Living your training sessions. When: Wednesdays (June 11th-July 9th) and (July Where: ACCA Harris Room 16th-August 13th) When: By appointment only Time: 11:15am-12:15pm Cost: $48 per training session Cost: $25 for 5 part series for CAL Members Call Amber 706-549-4850 to schedule your training session

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Aging with Agility The Feldenkrais Method® Do you like to learn? Are you interested in moving with more agility and ease? Then join us on Fridays as we learn new and easier ways to move. In Awareness Through Movement® lessons we focus attention on HOW you move so your brain is working as hard as your muscles. You don’t have to give up doing the things you love; instead, learn new ways to use yourself to improve your agility, balance, posture and to reduce pain. Wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring comfy socks and a towel. The class is open to all participants but requires the ability to get up and down off the floor. Drop-ins are welcome; however, maximum long-term benefits are achieved by weekly practice. Where: ACCA Harris Room When: Fridays Time: 8:45am-9:45am Cost: Free for CAL Members When: Mondays Time: 1:30pm-2:30pm Cost: $5 for CAL Members Free Style Dance Move to the music! Our Free Style Dance class, which we used to call “Zumba”, is an excellent opportunity to work out your entire body. Burn off calories, reenergize your body, and rejuvenate your mind all at once! Join us for an exciting class that is suitable for all ability levels. The instructor will move from a seated to a standing position to keep everyone moving to the music. Beginners are welcome! Where: ACCA Harris Room (Seated/Standing Class) When: Tuesdays Time: 11:00am-11:45am Cost: $2/class for CAL Members

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Yoga All Yoga classes are FREE for CAL Members. Focus on your breath as you gently move into different poses that stretch and empower your muscles. Yoga brings peace to the mind while enhancing the mind body connection and supports efficient functioning of the body systems. Please bring your own mat and any blankets you would like for the relaxation portion of the class. Held in ACCA Harris Room; Winterville dates coming soon. When: Mondays w/Eleanor Time: 3:00pm-4:30pm When: Tuesdays w/Chad Time: 3:00pm-4:30pm When: Wednesdays w/Edna Time: 3:00pm-4:30pm When: Fridays w/Anna Time: 10:00am-11:30am Beginner/ Intermediate Line Dancing This beginner class focuses on stepping in time with the music and the basic movements of line dancing. Where: ACCA Harris Room When: Tuesdays & Thursdays Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm Cost: Free for CAL Members Smart Moves with Becky Similar to Silver Sneakers, this class will help increase overall balance, flexibility, and strength in the body while you tap to the music. Join in the fun! Class can be performed seated or standing. Where: ACCA Harris Room When: Mondays Time: 9:00am-10:00am Cost: Free for CAL Members


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We’re looking for instructors and suggestions. Call Amber (706-549-4850) to suggest a class or offer to teach.

Beginner/Intermediate Line Dancing Where: ACCA Harris Room When: Thursdays (Cancelled 1st Thur of each month) Time: 2:00pm-3:00pm Cost: Free for CAL Members On the Move with Kevin On the Move is a seated chair class that includes aerobic, strength and flexibility exercises. It is especially beneficial for those living with chronic conditions who need a low impact exercise program. Aerobic exercise combined with strength training has been proven to be the most effective exercise to lower blood sugar and help manage a variety of chronic conditions. Suitable for all ages and fitness levels. Where: ACCA Harris Room When: Mondays Time: 11:00am-12:00pm Cost: $5/class for CAL Members Where: ACCA Harris Room When: Thursdays Time: 10:00am-11:00am Cost: $5/class for CAL Members

YWCO Arthritis Water Exercise An Arthritis Foundation Certified program for individuals with arthritis. Increases range of motion and develops strength in a warm relaxing environment. Doctor’s permission is required. Present your CAL membership key card at the front desk of the YWCO to get the discounted rate below. Where: YWCO Pool When: Monday thru Friday Time: 1:30pm-2:30pm Cost: $7 for CAL Members SilverSplash® SilverSplash is a universal, trademarked total body aqua conditioning class in a pool. SilverSplash focuses on increasing agility, range of movement and cardiovascular conditioning. Participants use the SilverSneakers kickboards to develop strength, balance and coordination in a safe, fun, and effective way. No swimming ability is required. Where: YWCO Pool When: Fridays Time: 1:30pm-2:30pm Cost: $7 for CAL Members

YWCO Water Exercise Water exercise provides general conditioning, flexibility, and cardiovascular workout done in the pool. Excellent for all ages. Present your CAL membership key card at the front desk of the YWCO to get the discounted rate below. Where: YWCO Pool When: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday Time: 9:00am and 11:00am Cost: $7 for CAL Members Where: YWCO Pool When: Monday and Wednesday Time: 7:00pm Cost: $7 for CAL Members Sponsored by:

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ongoing social programs

We’re looking for instructors and suggestions. Call Amber (706-549-4850) to suggest a class or offer to teach.

UGArden Produce Stand Open to the community. Come out and get produce provided by UGArden in efforts to end senior hunger! Stop by and check out the just-picked freshness from our garden to your kitchen. Produce is seasonal at $2.00/lb, and we accept credit, debit, cash, and checks. We accept EBT cards for $1.00/lb. Eat local! Eat fresh! Where: ACCA Pavilion (next to the Harris Room) When: Mondays Time: 12:00pm-3:00pm

Creative Crocheting This class is designed for beginners who will learn the basics of how to crochet and intermediate students who want to learn new techniques. Materials are provided. Taught by Sandie Nicholson. Where: ACCA Round Room (next to the Harris Room) When: Mondays Time: 10:00am-11:00am Cost: Free for CAL Members

Intermediate Bridge Mah Jongg Join us in an informal setting to play bridge. No Join us to play Mah Jongg, a Chinese Tile Game. Some reservation needed. knowledge of the game and reservations are required. Where: ACCA Glass Dining Room Please call Sharon at 706-543-8524 to reserve your When: Tuesdays spot today! Time: 1:30pm Where: ACCA Bentley Conference Room Cost: Free for CAL Members When: Mondays Time: 1:00pm-4:00pm Cost: Free for CAL Members

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Class times subject to change or cancel, please check www.accaging.org or call 706-549-4850 for updates.

The Scribblers Welcome to a writers group that gathers to share various kinds of writing. The writing can be fiction or non-fiction. It can be memoirs, poetry, stories, or anything that the writer wishes to share. Feedback can be given, if the writer wishes. Occasional handouts and writing activities. Led by Sandie Nicholson. Where: ACCA Bentley Conference Room When: Tuesdays Time: 9:30am-10:55am Cost: Free to CAL Members

Belle Hill Singers Join fellow members to sing traditional church music in a group setting and inspire individuals through the power of song. Performances take place every Tuesday and Thursday at different community centers (nursing homes, assisted living, senior centers, and adult health center). Transportation is provided but is optional. New members are welcome regardless of singing ability. Call the Center for Active Living for current performance schedule. Where: Meet at ACCA When: Tuesdays & Thursdays Toastmasters Time: 10:00am-11:30am This weekly meeting is a learn-by-doing workshop in Cost: FREE to CAL Members which participants hone their speaking and leadership skills in a no-pressure atmosphere. Meeting participants Advanced Bridge also give impromptu talks on assigned topics, conduct Please call 706-543-3102 to reserve your spot today! meetings and develop skills related to timekeeping, Where: ACCA Glass Dining Room grammar and parliamentary procedure. Members When: Wednesdays learn communication skills by working in the Competent Time: 1:30pm Communication manual, which includes a series of 10 Cost: Free for CAL Members, reservation required self-paced speaking assignments designed to instill a basic foundation in public speaking. Where: ACCA Hudson Conference Room When: Tuesdays Time: 11:30am-1:30pm Cost: $60/6 months; $20 New Toastmaster Member Fee for CAL members Newcomers Card Group Join other members to play the Hand and Foot card game on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday and play Mexican Train on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday! Where: ACCA Bentley Conference Room When: Wednesdays Time: 12:30pm-3:30pm Cost: Yearly membership fee of $20 for CAL Members, call Sharon at 706-543-8524

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Tai Chi As a practice of “meditation in motion,� the slow movements and mindset of Tai Chi can be used to manage stress levels by creating a sense of choice and a heightened awareness of our capacities to mobilize the motivation, cognitive resources, and courses of action in every movement. Tai Chi consists of four main elements: Movement, self-applied massage, intentional breathing and relaxation. Benefits include lower heart rate, heightened immune function, better sleep patterns, and reduced incidence of falls and fear of falling. Where: Winterville CAL When: Mondays Time: 10:30am-11:30am Cost: $5 per class for CAL Members

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Yoga Focus on your breath as you gently move into different poses that stretch and empower your muscles. Yoga brings peace to the mind while enhancing the mind body connection and supports efficient functioning of the body systems. Please bring your own mat and any blankets you would like for the relaxation portion of the class. Where: Winterville CAL When: Thursdays with Ginger Time: TBD Cost: FREE to CAL Members

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We’re looking for instructors and suggestions. Call Amber (706-549-4850) to suggest a class or offer to teach.

Free Style Dance Free style dance will offer an opportunity to dance and move to songs from past decades and today. No experience necessary, only a desire to have a great time dancing and mingling with other people looking to do the same! Sitting and standing options will be available. Where: Winterville CAL When: TBD Time: TBD Cost: Free to CAL Members

Historic Preservation Committee Are you interested in history? Join us as we create a Historic Preservation Committee in Winterville. We will discuss preserving Winterville’s historic buildings and learn about their history. This committee’s focus will be to maintain and, where necessary, revitalize the historic elements of Winterville. Projects of interest will include the Carter-Coile Doctor’s Museum and a registry of historic homes in the city. No history expertise needed, just an appreciation for it. Interested? Call Mayor Emily Eisenman at 706-424-7649. Preserving Your Story Where: Winterville This course will be a “book shepherding” class taught by Cost: Free for adults of all ages the founders of Athens’ Bilbo Books. Having published memoirs, children’s books, novels and academic texts, William and Bowen know how to turn a good book into a great book, which you can hold in your hand, pass down to your grandchildren, or sell to the public. Both published authors themselves, Bowen and William know the basics, as well as some of the tricks, of the trade. Craig and Bray believe that every life has something to teach us all. If you do not write down and preserve what you’ve learned, those lessons will drift into the ether. If you do, you can immortalize yourself while teaching Helping Older Adults valuable history to your children, grandchildren and generations yet to be born. They take their motto, With Life's Challenges “Personalize the Process,” seriously. In an increasingly impersonal world, the boys of Bilbo believe that it takes Can We Help? a village to make a book...a very small village where Who Some issues are too much for an YOU are the mayor. This is a two session class. independent caregiver to manage alone. Willow Brook Senior Wellness Where: Winterville CAL can help your loved one who may When: TBD suffer from: Time: TBD • Depression Cost: FREE to CAL Members • Anxiety • Unresolved grief • Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias • Other mental health issues

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support groups and meetings

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Caregiver Support Group - Athens Area For any caregiver or any caregivers caring for someone with Alzheimer’s Disease or related dementias to fellowship with other caregivers, participate in educational programs, and gain knowledge from health care professionals. Where: ACCA Bentley ADH Center When: 3rd Tuesday each month Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm Cost: FREE Alzheimer’s Support Group - Winder Area For caregivers or anyone caring for someone with Alzheimer’s Disease or related dementias to fellowship with other caregivers, participate in educational programs, and gain knowledge from health care professionals. Where: Winder Adult Day Care When: Last Friday of each month Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm Cost: FREE

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Grandparents Raising Grandchildren A support group provided for grandparents raising the grandchildren. Group topics vary in discussion from month to month and occasionally include informational materials and guest speakers. For specific dates and times, please contact Paige Powell at 706-549-4850. Where: ACCA’s Hudson Conference Room in Athens and Rivers of Mercy in Monroe When: TBD Time: 12:00pm-1:30pm Cost: FREE Parkinson’s Support Groups A group provided for persons with Parkinson’s disease and their caregivers. Group topics vary in discussion from month to month and occasionally include informational materials, guest speakers, or trips. Where: ACCA Glass Dining Room When: 4th Monday each month Time: 2:00pm -3:00pm Cost: FREE


On July 1, ACCA started its new fiscal year and with it came an Instagram campaign to document the year. ACCA will be posting 1 picture each day throughout the year with the goal being to have 365 events of ACCA by June 30, 2014 to represent 365 days of the year. We are well on our way. Some days there will be more than one picture because we have so much going on but it will be fun to look back and see all of them. So if you have an Instagram account follow us @accaging and hashtag us when you are here with #ACCA365.

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#day141 March for Meals Awards

#day144 First March 4 Meals 12K Winner

#day145 Junior League of Athens Event

#day148 Menchies FroYo Party

#day149 Happy Birthday Nita

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Thank you to all of the Meals on Wheels Volunteers! Thank you to all of the March for Meals volunteers! Thank you to all of the March for Meals sponsors! Thank you to all of the community partners and sponsors! Thank you to all the March for Meals 5K/12K runners. Thank you to the entire Athens community for all of the continued support of ACCA and our Meals on Wheels program.

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Thanks to St. Mary’s, I’m still here. Gene Austin had two strokes. Both times, fast treatment at St. Mary’s – including the clot-busting drug tPA – got him back on his feet. He’s in such good shape, he even had a knee replacement last fall – also at St. Mary’s. St. Mary’s ... proud to be one of America’s 100 Best

Read Gene’s story at www.stmarysathens.org

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Looking for ways to help ACCA? The Grandparents Raising Grandchildren (GRG) program can use your help! Each fall, the program collects and distributes schools supplies for the families. Below are four school supply cards that you can cut out and pick up the supplies over the summer months and donate them to the Grandparent Raising Grandchildren families. If you’d like to participate, please cut out the card, pick up the supplies from your local store, and drop it off to ACCA. If you are unable to help but would like to participate, please feel free to donate the cost of the supplies. We’re happy to do the shopping for you!

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