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A publication of the

Also inside... ACCA’s Fiscal Year 2013 Powerful Tools for Caregivers Winter 2014 Classes and Trips

One Call For All Your Home Needs

Call Today!

Remodeling Kitchen Remodel Bathroom Remodel In-law Suite Decks / Porches Basements Additions

Accessibility Modifications Ramps Grab Bars / SuperPole Bathroom Modifications Safe Home Entrance Wheelchair Accessible Walk-In Tub / Tub Cut-Out


Interior & Exterior Repairs Painting Rotten wood Tile Sheetrock repairs Windows / Doors

Vest Properties, Inc. Your Remodel & Repair Company Accessibility Modifications Craig Smith

Over 35 Years of Experience

CAPS (Certified Aging in Place Specialist)

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table of contents

on the cover


at the station 5

in development


around the bend


on the scene

During the month of November, ACCA engaged clients, UGA students, volunteers, and staff in a Paper Plate campaign where they wrote letters explaining how important the budget funding was for our area older adults. This picture is just one letter that was mailed. For more information on the effects of Sequestration, please see page 4 and for more pictures on page 45.

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fiscal year

in every issue 2013 - a year in review

Each October ACCA highlights accomplishments from the previous year. Check out all of the great things from 2013. are you feeling stretched as a caregiver?

4 letter from the ceo 27 making it work 28 cal program catalog

ACCA understands the stresses of a caregiver. This six week course invites caregivers and a respite program for them while taking the course.


live well. age well. but how?

Chuck Brodie, a recently semi-retired Athens psychologist, explores what it means to live well and age well.

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from the CEO

AND THE HITS KEEP COMING... Sequestration Projections Will Continue to Hit ACCA for Several Years T

he Federal Older Americans Act (OAA) funds are designated to provide older adults access to services that help them age in place and remain at home with an emphasis to those who are most economically in need and at risk. These dollars provide the means for many of ACCA’s aging programs providing invaluable services to this population. The Act has not been reauthorized since 2006 which is 2 years overdue. Georgia’s population of older adults 65 and older grew 31.4% from 2000 to 2010 and that trend is expected to continue. However, due to an outdated, distorted funding formula combined with 13 year old data that doesn’t show a correct shift in the area’s growing older adult population, Georgia is not getting its fair share of funding and it is going to get worse. This past quarter, ACCA received notice that funds to critical programs such as Meals on Wheels, Congregate Meals, Center for Active Living and Adult Day Care were being cut due to sequestration. Looking ahead at the current plan for the state, each year for eight years, ACCA and all statewide aging programs, will face more cuts, due to the formula mentioned above. This will undoubtedly affect many of our frailest, homebound and isolated seniors. In addition, the cost of this cut in funding will be enormous to our state in many ways that are not foreseen by some. One example, our healthcare costs are sure to skyrocket. How? If sequestration continues, Georgia will see a $22 million dollar cut in core aging programs at a time when our senior population is exploding. We have profound moral questions: What will happen to individuals who will be cut from the roles of these programs? Or to those who will never make it off a waiting list? Did you know that one day in a hospital costs approximately the same as one entire year of Home Delivered Meals? The annual cost of nursing home care ranges from $50,000 to $70,000. How will Medicaid support this? If we say “no” to adequately support these programs, what are we saying “yes” to? It makes excellent economic sense to support the funding of the OAA programs. We are the voice that will educate and advocate in order to correct this disproportionate system and make it right. It is time to update this formula and to ensure that the money flows where our older adults are living today. The Older Americans Act needs to be reauthorized with current population trends and not penalize states where the older population is growing. We need our Congress to hear us so they can fix this inequity for our older adults. What can you do? Call and write your Congressman and advocate on behalf of our older adults. The decisions made today will have an impact on all of us.

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THANK YOU 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 Charles Auslander, III Annette Barfield William Baxter Randy Christian Janey Cooley 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 Š 2014 ACCA Connections is a quarterly publication distributed by ACCA throughout Northeast Georgia. The information contained herein has been obtained from sources believed to be reliable. Reproduction, in whole or in part, without the expressed written permission from the publisher, is prohibited. Advertising in this publication does not imply a relationship with ACCA. ACCA is a contract agency of the Northeast Georgia Area Agency on Aging.

ACCA is committed to being an excellent steward of your donor dollar. Every day we are making an impact in the lives of older adults and people with disabilities. If you have any questions about how best to support those served by ACCA, please call or come by. We want to show you what your donation can and will do. All donations to ACCA are tax deductible. You can make your contribution online, in person or by phone. For more information on how you can support ACCA, please call Sarah McKinney, Director of Development and Volunteer Services at 706-549-4850. Below are a list of all that contributed to ACCA during Fiscal Year 2013 which runs from July 2012 until June 2013.

A1 Insurance Group Aardvark Exterminating Ira E. Aaron Nancy Abrol Mr. and Mrs. Cuyler M. Adams Add Drug Store Athens First Bank & Trust Sally Stanfield Allen Amici Barbara Andersen Ed and Sandra Anderson Merry C. Anderson Dr. and Mrs. Richard J. Anderson Anonymous Eve Anthony Doris Appleby Florence Applefield Sylvia Arant Mr. and Mrs. F. Brooks Arnold Stephanie Arp Celestia Arrington Carolyn T Ashley Doug and Cathy Ashley Athens Area Health Plan Select, Inc.

Athens Elks Lodge #790

Athens Korean Presbyterian Church

Athens Senior Provider Network Athens-Clarke County Donald and Karen Atkinson Troy and Anita Aubrey Auburn Masonic Lodge #230 F&AM Rosanna Aughey Charles E. Auslander, III Rev. Ray Austin Ken and Cindy Bach Mr. Frank S. Bachelder Betty W. Bailey Roger D. Bailey June Ball Bank of America Matching Gifts Lee and Jessica Bankston Mr. and Mrs. Buddy Barfield Rosa L. Barnett Louise Barnette Jeanne Barsanti

Dr. and Mrs. William Barstow Martin and Sharon Bauer Erin M. Beasley Matthew Beeson Bonnie Bender Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Benson Upshaw C. Bentley, Jr. Alex Bergins Ms. Joan D. Berryman Edward E. Best, Jr. Martha Bishop Nancy L Blankenship Susan R Boatright Janie Mae Bolds Eunice M Bolling-Pod Delores Bolton Claire Boozer Mary Carol Boserup Rick Boulis Rev. and Mrs. James E. Bowden Mrs. Lindsey Bowden Robert T. Bowen, Jr. Julie and Don Bower Dr. and Mrs. Lea M. William and Camilla Bracewell Wesley and Ellie Bradshaw Vera Bramblett Mrs. Anita Brannen Molly Brannon Bridges Funeral Home, Inc. Anne Brightwell The Brittains Brian Brodrick Susan Brooks Joyce W. Brown Ms. Marilyn K. Brown David G. Brush Barry and Megan Bryant Virginia Budd Betty Buice Mr. Ricky V. Bullock Rebecca Burk Mrs. Dorine L. Burkhard Dr. and Mrs. Robert G. Burton Lauren Butler Joan Byce

Nancy L. Canolty Lozelle Cape Ms. Judith Capie Michael and Carrie Capps Care Improvement Plus Tina Carlson Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Carmack, Sr. Mrs. Ruth J. Carpenter Gerry and Lori Carroll Ellie Carruth Elaine Carson Charles and Laura Carter Billie Cartey Erica Cascio Mrs. June B. Cawthon CCI Sisterhood Brian Cerwonka Karen Chamberlain Christie Chambers Bill Chamblee Lenn Chandler Olivia N. Chelchowski Nickolas P. Chilivis Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Clark, III Dr. and Mrs. James R. Clay Jill Clement Sherry Clouser Mrs. D. Jean Clouspy Sarah J Cochran Lucas and Cortney Coile Coldwater Creek Store #233 Ann Cole Geoffrey and Mary Beth Cole Mrs. Peggy Cole Tobiah Cole Mary Kay Combes Compassionate Care Hospice Mr. and Mrs. Charles and Joan Cook

Cheryl Cook Rebecca Cooke Cooper Dr. and Mrs. Homer C. Cooper Costco Wholesale Corporation Julie Couch Covenant Presbyterian Church Eva J. Cram

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Bob Crosby Charlotte E. Crowe Jack and Janis Dalton Brenda Damron Buck Daniel Jenna Daniel Cindy A. Darden Cheryl Davis Fay Davis Jack Davis Drs. John H. and Katheryn B. Davis Louise Davis Lucille Davis Susan Davis Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Davis Cheryl Dean Jennie Deese Ms. Betty T. DeLorme Mrs. Sharon B. Denero Chris Denney Nancy B. Denson Dan and Marie Der Vartanian Christine B. Devereaux Wayne and Mimi Dill Mary Lou Dixon Mark and Julia Dobish Katherine W. Donnan Elizabeth Doonan Elizabeth K. Dorminey Dr. Ginny and Mr. Lucas Doroshenko D. Dow Joyce Downing Mrs. Ginger Duensing Dale and Kimberly Duncan Steven A. Durocher Mr. and Mrs. Tal Duvall Homer and Linda Edwards Diane M. Ehlers Mr. William U. Eiland Dr. and Mrs. John D. Elliott Mr. and Mrs. Sam Elliott Dr. Helen H. Epps Dr. Mary A. Erlanger Dr. Grace Eubank Susan Fettig Susan C. Field Mrs. Marge Finnerty First Presbyterian Church First United Methodist Church Ms. Marian S. Fisher Alan Fitzpatrick Sandi Flagg Jared and Krisztina Flanagan Dr. William P. Flatt Althea Fleming Janet Fong Dr. and Mrs. Stuart Fors Mrs. Laura Rogers Fortson Mrs. Daisy Fowler Mr. Gary Franklin Mrs. Edith W. Frazier Janine Frazza Fred Tompkins Memorial Nick and Leanne Freeman Sarah Freeman Patricia A. Freeman-Lynde Mr. and Mrs. Joseph C. Frierson, III Carolyn W. Frost GA Food Service, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Denny Galis Paula Galland

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Mr. and Mrs. Thomas W. Ganschow Edna S. Garst Ms. Violet M. Gauthreaux Elizabeth Gemmell Georgia Power Company Georgia Theater Company Mary Jo Gerlach Mrs. Janett Gibbs Ms. Lois E. Gibbs Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Gibson Mr. Max M. Gilstrap Golden Cuisine Dorothy B. Gordon Leslie Gordon Julia Gordy Joe and Darlene Granato John and Kathleen Gratzek John and Beverly Gray Clarence D. Green Green and Green, Attorneys at Law Joseph and Brenda Greene Jon and Gail Greeson John Gregg Emory Sue Griffith Cathy Grindle Roberta Guthrie Ann Haarmann Ezelle Hale Juanita F. Haley Ora Hamilton Lynn Hammock Jared Hammond Shirley Hardage Lema Hardegree Ashley Harp Mr. and Mrs. Emmett D. Harris Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hart Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Hawk Meredith Hawks Bucilla Lee Hawks-Bradley Healing Touch Massage Therapy Joyce Heard Winifred P. Helmly Janice Henderson Alan and Kathryn Herrin Annis H. Herring Junie T. Hewell R. James and Nancy S. Heyl Heyward Allen Bob and Gwen Hill Linda Hobbet Michael Von and Melissa Holcomb Holiday Benevolence Market Mr. and Mrs. William F. Holmes Ms. KaDee Holt Holy Cross Lutheran Church Harold P. Horton Patrick Horvath Hospice Advantage Debbie Howard Thomas E. Hudson Cedric and Sirredia Huff Robert and Harriet Hulsey Sean Humann Tina Hunt Mary Denmark Hutcherson Becky Hutchins Dr. and Mrs. Albert Ike Virginia Ingels Mr. Paul W. Izant Ms. Eddie R. Jackson

Nancy D. Jacobson Mrs. Constance L. Jeffreys Ida V. Jenkins-Scotland Dr. and Mrs. Farris T. Johnson, Jr. Leslie Johnson Dr. Mary Ann Johnson Steve and Deborah Johnson Angela Jones Rhonda Jones Elizabeth Jones-McManus Roger Keel Betty C. Keen Jeremy and Cardee Kilpatrick Dr. and Mrs. Daniel J. King R. Bruce and Jane K. King Suzanne H. King George Kiousis April Dalton Kirk Kiwanis Club of Athens Georgia, Inc. Dr. and Mrs. Scott Kleiner George S. Koch, Jr. Ms. Diane M. Kohl David Gastley and Mary T. Kramer Mr. and Mrs. Chris and Jennifer Kumnick Jeff Kunkle Berit Kuntz Mr. and Mrs. Paul Kurtz Mr. and Mrs. Michael Lacy Shelby J. Lacy Merrill P. Lago Ron Landen Jaime Lang Patsy Langford Edna F. Lanier Eleanor Crosby Lanier Lanier Gardens-Talmadge Terrace George and Brittany Larsen Constance A. Lavelle LEAD Athens - PinkWater Laura Lee Shem Lee Dave Leon Joan Leon Wayne Leon Edwin Levine Elizabeth P. Levine Jeanne Lindberg Dr. Lars Ljungdahl Mrs. Georgia Logan Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence C. Long Lord & Stephens, Inc. Sarajane Love Frank and Carol Lusk John and Patricia Lyndon Evelyn MacKenzie Maddox Majorette Club Two Jared and Kim Marsden Mrs. Charlotte Thomas Marshall Frances E. Marshall Jane Edwards Marston Ms. Katha D. Massey Jane Mathews Frank and Melissa May Ann Mayne Barry and Judith Maynor Ann S. McCannon Ann McDaniel Linda McDaniel Marcelle McDonald McDonald’s

Charles & Toni McDowell Kelly McDowell Reba W. McDuffie Marilyn McKee McKesson Foundation John and Sarah McKinney Mrs. Penny D. McLanahan Virginia McLaren Jane M. McMullen Thomas and Elizabeth McNeely Jane H. McWhorter Meals on Wheels Association of America Lindsey Megow Carlton N. Mell, Jr. Richard and Angela Meltzer Jo Mercer Merial Milledge Avenue Baptist Church Millennium III Connections Robin Miller Todd Miller Janice Mons Beverly D. Montgomery Shannah Montgomery Belinda Moon James and Joann Mooneyhan Irene L. Moore Prof. Susan W. Moore Melanie Morgan Ann Morse Barbara Morton Ann G. Moseley Mrs. Ada R. Mosley J. A. Moss Robert T. Muffley Casey Mull Tommie Mullis June B. Murphy Ferrell Nash Dr. and Mrs. W. R. Neal, Jr. Andrew Neighbors Dr. and Mrs. Thomas G. Nemetz Mr. and Mrs. Chan Nevin Mr. and Mrs. Jim and Dorothy Sams Newland

Nathan and Hedi Nibbelink Kate Nicholson Alicia Nickles Anguelina Nikolova Jon and Elise North Carolyn Nunnally Dr. Stephen Olejnik Allison Olson Kathryn Paige Otwell Dr. M. A. Pace Onofre and Lily Paguio Elizabeth Pape Betty Parker Nelda Parker Dr. Olin G. Parker Patti Patch Dr. and Mrs. Gordhan L. Patel Alex and Janet Patterson Ms. Jane M. Payne Peach State Federal Credit Union John Peifer Ms. Theresa Perenich Charles and Barbara Peterson Pfizer, Inc. Gregg Phelps Helen H. Plymale Barbara P. Pokorny

Phillip H. Pollock Karen and James Porter Jonathan and Lindsey Pou Pearl M. Powell Presbyterian Women Kathy B. Prescott Prestige Parking, Inc. Patricia Priest Prince Avenue Baptist Church Kimberly Pulliam Rudolph and Elizabeth Quillian Dr. and Mrs. Donald A. Randall, Jr. Janet Rawlings Cori Reach Reddy Clinic Elinor Myers Rees Jill Reichert Sharon Reid Pamela Reidy Mr. and Mrs. Robert Reinert Susan Reynolds Gloria Ricks-Taylor Loretta Rideway Dr. and Mrs. W. E. Rigsby Ms. Mary Roberts-Bailey Charles and Martha Robertson William and Sandra Robertson Cheryl K. Rose Marsha Rosenthal Robert Trippe Ross Angie Rousey Roger Ryles Safelite Nancy Sain Mr. and Mrs. Walter A. Sams, III Cecilia Santibanez Capt. Leonard J. Sapera USN (Ret.) Kellie Savage Elise Schmidt Eugene Schulte Dr. Donald Scott Bob and Dottie Sedlock Sharon Sellars Lois Shackelford Dr. and Mrs. Narendra K. Shah Mrs. Ruby S. Shaw John Reed Sheats Judy Shelton Debra Simpkins Simpkins and Associates Ms. Ethelyn Simpson Rick Simpson Ronald and Melissa Simpson Emma Mae Sims Shannon Sims Wilhemenia Michelle Sims Rakesh and Sunita K. Singh Mr. Joseph Sinkey Judy Sloan Webb or Diane Smathers, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Gene Smith Kathleen Smith Pam Smith Rhondolyn Smith Rev. William Linwood Smith Caren and Maurice Snook Edmonda Snow Bolling Spalding Ms. Margaret R. Spalding Sue Speir St. Mary’s Health Care System

St. Mary’s Home Health Care and Hospice

Mary Stakes Charles H. Stammer Kathleen Stansell Kyle Stapleton Jessica Starke Linda Stephens Wesley Stephens Carolyn Steuer Mrs. Ella J. Stewart Jennifer R. Stewart Marianne Stipe Margaret A. Strahl Mr. and Mrs. Edward Sumner Dr. Anne Sweaney Kay Giese and David R. Sweat Biff and Sherry Tant

Georgia Chapter 124 AT&T TelecomPioneers

Mrs. Elinor T. Terrell Jamey and Rebecca Thaw The Gumbo Foundation The Irving Foundation, Inc. The William B. Mulherin Foundation Kurt and Shelley Thomas Mr. Larry B. Thomas Thomas McKey Tillman Foundation Deborah Thomason Mr. and Mrs. Charles E Thompson Daniel and Julie Thompson Erin Marie Thompson Mrs. Lyn Woodward Thornton Mary Ann Thrasher Dr. and Mrs. Billups P. Tillman Regina Tillman Pat Tinga Stephen Tippins Tires Plus Debra Gail Toliver Mr. R. Parks Towns Mildred Tripp Ms. Patricia A. Trumbull Turner Family Foundation Dr. Curtis Ulmer Dr. and Mrs. Philip Van Dyck Ryan and Jennie Van Houten Melissa Vasenden Kaley Verner Tecie Verner Dianne D. Wall Neva O. Wall Delores Waller Clifford and Sylivia Walls Mrs. Lynda Henley Walters Betty Louise Warren Debra Watson Dr. Elaine L. Weeks Dev and Gene Weeks Vicky Werner Wesley Woods Senior Living, Inc. Christine West Miss Carol L. Wheeler Wanda White Mary Whitehead Hubert H. Whitlow, Jr. Dr. Shannon O. Wilder Sarah Wildman Don and Helen Willey Paulette Williams June J. Willis Bessie Wilson Katherine T. Wilson Gordon Winzurk

M. Wray Witten Bucky Woods Daryle Worley Ms. Barbara Wright Mrs. Evelyn M. Wright Mary Anna Wynes Lauren Yates Michal B. Yongue Linda Zeeman Mr. and Mrs. Richard Zepp IN MEMORY OF Richard Andersen By, Barbara Andersen Thomas Andert By, Covenant Presbyterian Church Howard C. Bailey By, Roger D. Bailey Dante Eugenio

By, St. Mary’s Home Health Care & Hospice

William Finnerty By, Mrs. Marge Finnerty Luigi Guarnieri By, Roger D. Bailey Bill Hammett By, Ms. Betty T. DeLorme Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Heys, Jr. By, Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Carmack, Sr. Diane Izant By, Mr. Paul W. Izant Dr. Despy Karlas By, Dr. Lars Ljungdahl Art Lawrence By, Katherine W. Donnan Mrs. Florence S. Leverette By, Ida V. Jenkins-Scotland Dr. David L. Levine By, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Davis Edwin Levine Elizabeth P. Levine Jane H. McWhorter Exerlee Morton By, Mrs. Ada R. Mosley Carolyn Perry By, Ms. Betty T. DeLorme Mary S. Pokorny By, Barbara P. Pokorny Shirley A. Stammer By, Charles H. Stammer Marian Steggerda By, Janet Rawlings Agnes Storey By, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Sumner Ruth Svarrer By, Cori Reach Roy P. Taylor By, Gloria Ricks-Taylor Roddy Thompson By, Covenant Presbyterian Church Dr. and Mrs. Daniel J. King Mr. & Mrs. Cuyler Trussell By, Katherine T. Wilson Beauty H. Watson By, Reba W. McDuffie Anna W. Wynes By, Mary Anna Wynes Margie Yearby By, Ms. Patricia Burch

IN HONOR OF Annette Barfield By, Mr. and Mrs. Buddy Barfield Tapley Bennett By, Patrick Horvath Upshaw C. Bentley, Jr. By, Mr. and Mrs. Denny Galis Jim and Jere Bowden By, Mrs. Lindsey Bowden Ronald Cerwonka By, Brian Cerwonka John Davis By, Drs. John H. and Katheryn B. Davis Betty DeLorme By, Jim and Dorothy Sams Newland Dr. Mary A. Erlanger By, Mr. William U. Eiland Dr. and Mrs. Donald A. Randall, Jr. Dr. Grace Eubank By, Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Benson Kathryn Fowler By, Mrs. Daisy Fowler Edna Garst By, Mrs. D. Jean Clouspy Juanita F. Haley Pastors Harper and Mathes By, Carolyn Steuer Harriet and Drew Hulsey By, Mr. and Mrs. Chan Nevin Tricia and Dick Jones By, Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Benson Elizabeth Jones - McManus By, Brian Brodrick Ashley Harp Laura Lee Bolling Spalding Kyle Stapleton Jessica Starke Mr. & Mrs. Chan Nevin By, Jim and Dorothy Sams Newland Dorothy Newland By, Robert and Harriet Hulsey Capt. Leonard J. Sapera USN (Ret.) Jim and Dorothy Newland By, Ms. Betty T. DeLorme Mr. and Mrs. Chan Nevin Dr. William Powell By, Mr. and Mrs. Michael Lacy Marsha Rosenthal Don and Helen Scott By,Dr. Donald Scott Nancy Scruggs By, A1 Insurance Group Rudolph and Elizabeth Quillian Amanda Thompson By, Mr. and Mrs. F. Brooks Arnold In Honor of: Mary Ann Thrasher By, Elizabeth Doonan Dev & Gene Weeks By, Anonymous Evelyn Wright By, Majorette Club Two Teachers Yoga By, Mr. and Mrs. Charles and Joan Cook-

Merrill P. Lago Mr. and Mrs. Robert Reinert

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FY2013 “

a year to


THANK YOU for all of the


that you bring to me. -ACCA Client

Approximately 1 out of every 5 AthensClarke County residents are food insecure. Georgia ranks 8th in the nation of older adults at risk of hunger and 9% of Georgia residents, aged 50 and older, are at risk to be food insecure. In Fiscal Year 2013 ACCA, in partnership with the Office of Service Learning, Campus Kitchen at UGA, the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia, Talmage Terrace, and UGA Department of Foods and Nutrition made a commitment to ensure that all ACCA clients and all older adults within our community are food secure. Why? Because no one should have to choose between a healthy, full meal or their monthly medications or essential expenses such as rent or heating bills. What can you accomplish in a year?


11,000 meals

80,000 pounds of food

more than

serving 375 clients

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Decreasing food insecurity rates an average of 38% across ACCA programs.

IN THEIR WORDS “My mind is at ease knowing my husband is being taken care of and not alone. Thanks so much for your help.” -Caregiver for Adult Day Health client

“You’re doing a great job with mama. She has a big smile every day and she can’t wait till the next day to come back.” -Caregiver for Adult Day Health client

“If I didn’t come to the Center, I would just sit at home all by myself.” -Member of Center for Active Living

“You did a wonderful job explaining the often confusing issues of Medicare.” - GeorgiaCares Client

“ACCA is the greatest. Volunteering here is so meaningful.” - ACCA Volunteer

“I had heart surgery a few years ago and I don’t know what I would’ve done without you guys. Thanks so much.” - ACCA Client





of ACCA clients


Athens Community Council on Aging had an operating budget of $3,785,249 which was a slight increase in comparison to fiscal year 2012. ACCA was able to generate a growing awareness of the needs of the aging population which resulted in an increase in donations from the community. Local funding and United Way contributions remained stable. Along with cost cutting measures and increases in operational efficiency, fiscal year 2013 proved to be a successful year.


said the services they received allowed them to remain living in their community

outreach touched



Federal Government Medicaid State Government Local Government Fees for Service United Way Donations Miscellaneous Grants Fundraising Program Income

41% 30% 8% 7% 4% 4% 3% 1% 1% 1%

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PROGRAM highlights

• Volunteers for Home Delivered Meals drove over 92,000 miles and provided 94,545 meals to clients in Clarke and Barrow counties. In addition to meals, HDM provides pet food, fans, library books, smoke detectors, fresh produce, microwaves and other ancillary services as needed. • SCSEP placed 8 older adult workers into full time positions and increased the available number of host agencies. • LTCO successfully investigated 351 complaints which were all 100% resolved to the satisfaction of the resident while performing 670 routine visits. • Adult Day Health in Winder increased its private pay client base by 70%. • GeorgiaCares responded to 1668 phone calls and saved clients over $309,000 through Medicare counseling. • 99% of the Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion volunteers said their volunteer job gives them an increased sense of independence. 99% of them said their health has maintained or improved because they keep active by volunteering. • Athens Area Village opened to 112 members providing support for them to stay in their homes longer through in-home visits, projects, check-ins, and transportation in addition to many social events for its members. • ACCA Transportation provided 18,124 rides to area older adults through Demand/Response. • The Center for Active Living expanded its programming and trip offerings.



Keith Adams 10 Years of Service Mozelle Brown 5 Years of Service

Joann Beck 15 Years of Service Jennie Deese Jessica Bankston 5 Years of Service 5 Years of Service WINTER 2014 9


ACCA Transportation added approximately 50 new people on existing routes to and from the Center for Active Living and Adult Day Health programs without adding any new drivers. ACCA Transportation expanded Demand/Response services to assist individuals in accessing community resources and remaining self-sufficient. One of those Demand/Response clients who receives a monthly income that is below poverty level stated that she was actually spending close to $250 a month paying people to transport her to different appointments. Needless to say, she is very pleased with ACCA Transportation and describes it as ‘a blessing form God’. ACCA Transportation also added approximately 20 new private pay clients who continuously comment about how much they have enjoyed our comfortable vehicles and friendly, professional staff. ACCA Transportation staff genuinely care and love the people whom they serve making a real difference in their client’s quality of life, not just because of WHAT they do but also because of THE WAY that they do it, and that’s what it’s all about.


ACCA operates on a Continuous Quality Improvement or CQI process providing a systematic approach for staff to continuously measure and collect data to improve the quality of ACCA services to the community.

Mr. M joined the Center for Active Living Plus Program in August 2012. When Mr. M first joined, he attended twice weekly and had noted balance issues as well as slurred, difficult to understand speech. Mr. M lives in a one bedroom apartment and aside from visits from a sister and niece a couple of times monthly, had very few opportunities for socialization prior to joining. Since becoming involved, Mr. M regularly participates in the CAL+ walking group, Zumba, on-site exercises and stretches, allowing him to participate in group physical activity multiple times a week. He also regularly participates in social functions such as trips and Uno Club. Mr. M has expressed enjoyment in his increased opportunities and has increased his attendance to 3-4 times weekly. Staff have also noticed that his speech has improved and he now has little trouble communicating with staff and fellow members. Mr. M, whose movements and balance were very shaky upon his enrollment, seems to be more stable as well, likely due to his participation in physical activities that aim to improve balance and flexibility. Mr. M’s participation in the CAL+ program has potentially reduced his risk for falls, provided numerous opportunities for recreation and socialization, and has helped him create a much larger network of friends and contacts to rely on for support. See page 27 for another success story in our SCSEP program.

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On Monday, October 21, 2013, Athens Community Council on Aging invited key partners, Board of Directors, and staff to the agency’s annual meeting. Highlights of fiscal year 2013 were given, new Board members were inducted, and employee awards were given out.

New ACCA Board Members, Dawn Donovan, Charles Kauderer, Annette Barfield, and Randy Christian were inducted by Board President, Mariah Pierce.

ACCA Transportation Director, Tony Lay received the Rock Solid Staff Award from Board President, Mariah Pierce.

Winder Adult Day Health/Activity Aide, Elizabeth Thompson received the Star Staff Award from Board Representative Dawn Donovan.

Mariah Pierce thanked Martha Henderson for her years of service on the Board of Directors at ACCA.

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By KaDee Holt | Director of Marketing and Communications at ACCA

CCA understands the stresses of caregivers and has been eager to have a caregiving class where caregivers could bring their loved ones to the group to alleviate the stresses of leaving them alone or finding another person to care for them while they are gone. “Caregiving can be a difficult road to travel, and it helps tremendously to have a practical toolkit to help with communication, stress, self-care and self-confidence,” stated Mattee Barkdoll, Case Manager at the Athens Community Council on Aging (ACCA). Powerful Tools for Caregivers does just that and is an evidence based course designed for all types of caregivers. This educational series is designed to provide you with the tools you need to take care of yourself. It helps family caregivers reduce stress, improve self- “About the time the class began, I was about at my wits end. The communication confidence, communicate feelings better, balance tools will work towards maintaining a their lives, increase their ability to make tough better atmosphere and contribute to imdecisions and locate helpful resources. proved attitudes for both of us... It will Classes will be held at ACCA’s Bentley Adult never be easy, but it is easier than it was Day Health located at 135 Hoyt Street in Athens 6 weeks ago!” -Caregiver Testimony from 1:00 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. Sessions are held every Thursday for six weeks and begin on January 23, 2014. Cheryl Dean, the Director of Nursing at ACCA, believes this course is necessary for all caregivers. She shared, “When you do nothing but take care of your loved one, you can feel overwhelmed and powerless. Powerful Tools for Caregivers will allow you to get involved and develop a sense of hope and accomplishment knowing you are working to make things better for yourself and your loved one.” Matte Barkdoll, Case Manager at ACCA, and Cheryl Dean, ACCA Director of Nursing, will conduct the series. Those attending are encouraged and invited to bring your loved one that you are caring for to the program and they will be cared for at the Bentley Adult Day Health facility. All of the participants will receive a book, The Caregiver Helpbook, developed specifically for the class. The cost of the class is $35. Class size is limited and registration is required. Please let us know at the time of registration if your loved one will be attending as well. You can register by calling 706-549-4850 or online at www.

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ACCA’s Adult Day Health programs provide quality supportive services for adults with functional impairments in a safe and secure environment. Adult Day Health is designed for individuals who do not require 24-hour institutional care, but are not capable of full-time independent living due to a physical or mental disability. Adult Day Care’s respite program helps alleviate both the physical and emotional stress felt by many family members who care for a loved one on a day-to-day basis allowing the caregiver opportunities to run errands, visit others, or just rest at home.


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

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Battle Those Low Rates –


With Three Types of Income

f you depend on fixed-income investments for at least part of your income, you probably haven’t been too happy in recent years, as interest rates have hit historic lows. Nonetheless, even in a low-rate environment, you can broaden the income-producing potential of your investment portfolio. However, before taking action, it’s helpful to know what the near-term direction of interest rates may look like. The Federal Reserve has stated that it plans to keep short-term rates at their current historic lows until at least mid – 2015. The Fed doesn’t control long-term rates, making them somewhat less predictable, but it’s still likely that these rates will rise sooner than short-term ones. In any case, rather than worry about something you can’t control – that is, interest rate movements – try to focus on those things you can accomplish. And one achievable goal is to create an investment mix that includes three types of income: variable, reliable, and rising. Variable income investments – Some variable income investments, such as certificates of deposit (CDs), offer significant protection of principal, and the value of your investment won’t change with

fluctuating interest rates, provided you hold your CD until maturity. Of course, current rates are quite low, which means CDs provide you with little income today, but their rates have the potential to rise along with short-term interest rates. Reliable income investments – When you purchase reliable income investments, which can include individual bonds, you have the opportunity to earn more income today, and more consistent income over time, than you’d typically get from variable income investments. However, you will likely also experience greater price fluctuations as interest rates change. Specifically, as interest rates rise, the price of your existing bonds typically will fall. Rising income investments – While investing for income, you’ll want to keep at least one eye on inflation – because if the interest rates paid on your CDs and individual bonds are lower than the annual inflation rate, you may lose purchasing power. If this gap persists over time, it could grow into a real problem for you. Consequently, you’ll want at least some of your investment income to come from rising income investments, such as dividendpaying stocks. Of course, not all

stocks pay dividends, but with the help of your financial advisor, you can find companies that have paid – and even increased – their dividends for many years running. And if you don’t actually need the dividends to supplement your cash flow, you can reinvest them to build your ownership stake in these stocks. Keep in mind, though, that companies can reduce or discontinue dividends at any time. Also, remember that stock prices will constantly rise and fall, so the value of your principal could decline. As you can see, all three types of income-producing investments – variable, reliable, and rising – offer some benefits, along with some risks of which you need to be aware. But putting together a mix of these investments that’s appropriate for your individual needs, goals and risk tolerance may help you boost the productivity of the “income” portion of your portfolio – no matter what’s happening with interest rates. Submitted by Matt McKinney

Financial Advisor for Edward Jones

Watkinsville, GA

This article is written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor. Copyright © 2013 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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Around the Bend

Run Today with ACCA

With the New Year right around the corner and our 4th annual March for Meals 5K coming up, we are inviting you to join us and Run Today with ACCA. ACCA wants you to train with us for this annual spring fundraising event that will be a wonderful and scenic run through downtown Athens on March 29, 2014. For all of you runners out there, we don’t want to leave you out… we are expanding the race to include a 12K as well. On the back of this magazine is a training schedule (Adapted from We are going to be updating you on our progress, sending out notes of encouragement, and reminding you on our Facebook and website (www. where you should be in order to be ready for the race in the spring. We will start the first full week of January and will train up until the race week. We are so excited to announce Bank of America as our lead sponsor for this year’s event. All of the proceeds of this event go into the local Meals on Wheels program at ACCA. Go ahead and mark your calendars to start running with ACCA in January and run the March for Meals 5K or 12K with us on March 29. Check out or to register today.

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Driver of the No. 24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet came out to help Campus Kitchens at UGA prepare and deliver meals for local seniors. Four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon visited the Athens Community Council on Aging on Thursday, August 29, to work alongside student volunteers from the Campus Kitchen at UGA (CKUGA), part of the nationwide Campus Kitchens network that rescues excess food to provide healthy meals to older adults in need. Gordon was joined by leaders from AARP Foundation, which leads Drive to End Hunger; and from The Campus Kitchens Project and the Campus Kitchen at UGA, whose senior hunger outreach work is supported by the Foundation. After helping pack and prepare meals, Gordon joined two student-volunteers to deliver meals to two area families as part of the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren program. 16 connections

From Bequest to Current Gift How Changes in the Federal Estate Tax Laws Can Be a Win-Win Situation


Submitted By Randy Christian| ACCA Board Member and Volunteer

any donors have included the ACCA in their wills to leave a Bequest from their estate at their death. Thanks to those of you who have done so! ACCA honors your intentions and thanks you in advance for your support! This is a win-win situation since, your estate (whatever value) is reduced by the gift and the ACCA receives property and assets to help further our mission. With the reductions of the government funding becoming a current and future fact of life, the need for planned gifts in the future is greater than ever. The Federal Gift and Estate Tax laws changed last January. The lifetime exemption was raised to $5 million per person with a spousal “carry over” effectively allowing any couple to pass up to $10 Million estate tax free (with proper planning - be sure to consult your estate planning attorney before making any changes)! The exciting part is that this applies to the Gift Tax as well. Prior to this change, an individual was limited to only $1 Million of tax free lifetime gifts. After that amount of lifetime gifts were made, additional gifts were subject to a fairly high taxation. Now, the lifetime gift exemption limit has been raised to the same level as the estate tax limit. What this means for you: If you have made a Bequest to a charitable organization (ie: The ACCA) or are interested in doing so, you could make that gift now and receive a current income tax benefit now. It will still be tax free from estate tax, and you can see your gift in action. Current income tax benefits (consult your tax advisor for specific details), future estate tax benefits, current support for the ACCA, and you get to see how your gift is actually put to use. I’d call that a Win-Win situation! Disclaimer- RChristian Financial Consultants, LLC and Randy Christian are not attorneys nor professional Tax advisors and nothing in this article is intended to provide legal or tax advise. Please consult legal and tax professional advise before making any changes.

RESEARCH STUDY 65 to 80 year old Female Participants Needed for a Weight Loss Study Non-smoking females needed for a 7 month study examining the effects of a diet and exercise intervention on weight loss and feelings of fatigue. The intervention will be performed by the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Georgia. Participants may be asked to incorporate 1 serving of beef into their daily diet. Participants may also be asked to participate in three days of exercise training weekly at the University of Georgia. Participants can earn up to $100.00 with successful completion of the study. Due to the nature of the study, we cannot accept individuals with dietary restrictions that do not allow for the consumption of beef and individuals with a history of weight loss surgery or those currently using weight loss medications. If you are interested in participating, please contact Rachelle from the Body Composition and Metabolism Lab: E-mail: Principal Investigator: Ellen M. Evans, PhD (

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The Village Voice “A Great Community Cares for Its Own.”


By Mattee Barkdoll | ACCA Case Manager By Lin Coppedge | Athens Area Village Coordinator

elcome to our Village Newsletter which will be in every Connections. The Village provides personalized assistance through a network of volunteers and paid service providers. It also connects members through social and educational events. If you are interested in joining, please give us a call at 706-549-4850!

Village News

Athens Area Village celebrated our first year anniversary at the Village this autumn and we are looking forward to another fabulous year with many new social events planned. We held an annual meeting for our members on Wednesday, October 2. The Village is pleased to welcome Lin Coppedge as part time Village Coordinator. Many thanks to Lynda Walters for her time and talents as a volunteer Coordinator this spring and summer. We look forward to her continued work with the Village. When you call the Village, expect to speak with Mattee Barkdoll, who receives service requests for the Village. Please remember to call three days in advance so we have time to arrange for a volunteer or service provider.

First Year Village Highlights 112 Memberships 25 Active Volunteers 68% of Volunteers are Members 10 In-Home Visits 12 In-Home Projects 55 Transportation Trips

We have an extensive list of discounts that are available just for Village members. If you would like a list, please give us a call and we will put one in the mail to you. The Village is always looking for new ways to let people know about our program. We ask our Village members to please consider hosting a Neighborhood Coffee. Invite your neighbors, friends, and your neighborhood association and let them know about the Village. If you are interested, please call the Village at 706-549-4850, and we would be delighted to have a Village representative attend the coffee, talk about the Village, and bring information. We also can offer a small budget to assist you with the cost of refreshments.

Don’t Forget

Please remember all Village members have a membership to our wonderful Center for Active Living program with many wellness, fitness, educational and social events. You can see some of the upcoming events to the right and review the catalog of classes on pages 29-42. We have an extensive list of discounts that are available just for Village members. If you would like a list, please give us a call and we will put one in the mail to you. Please plan to join us for our Village coffees! These are fun, social events, and we often include speakers of interest. In addition, we sometimes invite services providers to the coffees, which gives you a chance to meet someone that may help you in the future. 18 connections

Please note the Village Members monthly coffee for December has been moved to Wednesday, December 4 and will be in the Harris Room at ACCA. It will be back to its normal time in January as the First Friday Coffee. Upcoming dates are 1/3, 2/7, and 3/7 at 10:00 a.m. For more information, please contact the Athens Area Village at 706-549-4850. Upcoming Events and Trips: Holiday Tour of Homes in Madison – Friday, 12/6 Magical Nights of Lights – Thursday, 12/12 ARTini Art Class – Friday, 12/13 Personal Safety Class – Wednesday, 1/8 Matter of Balance – Wednesdays Starting, 1/15 Aging and Sexuality – Wednesday, 2/26 For a full description of all of the events above and more opportunities, check out pages 21-41 of this catalog.

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Upcoming Village Events

Stanford University and Kaiser Permanente present

Join us in a 6 week program to learn new ways to take charge of your health. This program is facilitated by Madeline Van Dyck and Lisa Foreman who are both trained leaders and registered nurses. Topics covered include: Medication Management Concept of Pain in the Body Working and Communicating with the Health Care System Understanding the Partnership between Mind and Body The Ability to Appreciate Your Power Over Caring for Yourself and Your Loved Ones The Path to Feeling Alive as We Age Goal Setting to Pursue Our Best Sense of Well-Being Tuesday Sessions January 14 thru February 18 10:00am - 12:30pm or 1:00am to 3:30pm Wednesday Sessions January 15 thru February 19 10:00am - 12:30pm or 1:00am to 3:30pm

As a program of the Athens Community Council on Aging (ACCA), the Athens Area Village assists older adults (age 50 and above) by providing personalized assistance, services, and amenities through volunteers and service providers. The mission of the Athens Area Village is to provide a volunteer and membership organization dedicated to enabling older adults to continue living in their own homes with dignity and respect as they age. If you are interested in the Athens Area Village, give us a call at 706-549-4850. You can also follow us on Facebook for the most up-to-date information and upcoming events.

Thursday Sessions January 16 thru February 20 10:00am - 12:30pm or 1:00am to 3:30pm The location will be determined based on class participation. Open to Villagers and the community at large. We want to hear from you. E-mail us at or call 706-705-1353 or 706-548-4500 to register or for more information. WINTER 2014 19

An Inside View


BUT WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? By Chuck Brodie | Athens Area Village Volunteer

I am a semi-retired psychologist who has acquired expertise in the field of aging, through formal training, clinical experience, and personal experience. I have been looking for ways to spend a portion of my time utilizing my abilities constructively. One good possibility is working in clinical settings where psychologists serve older individuals, but I am also hoping to find avenues for more broadly applying what I have learned about aging. So I have been asking myself, “Where might my abilities be needed?” My quest led me to the Athens Community Council on Aging, probably the leading local organization focused on aging. Their goal is to enable older adults to LIVE WELL. AGE WELL. My inquiry began by asking “What does LIVE WELL mean? How do we judge how well we are living?” I imagined posing this question to people of all ages, reminding them we are referring to their life right now, and encouraging them to look past superficial aspirations such as fame and wealth and power. While their answers might include “am I meeting my basic needs” (water, food, air, and shelter are needed for living whether well or not) I believe they would go deeper to include fundamental self-perceptions related to the feeling that life is or isn’t worth living. The phrasing would be varied but the list would probably look something like: • Am I (or someone I trust) in control of my life, or do I feel helpless? • Do I have close connections with others who care about me and I about them? • Is my body able to do what I need it to do? • Do I feel at home? Are my surroundings familiar? Does anyone know who I am? • Do I have goals and hopes for progressing toward them? • Am I productive? Do I do things that others value? (and possibly a few other similar questions) Like the basic needs, each of these defines a quality-of-life continuum between a simple yes or no. I then look at the big picture -- the arc of life, from cradle to grave – and ask, “To what parts of the life span do these criteria apply?” It appears to me that something similar to this list is what “live well” means at ALL points along the way. I believe that when “live well” is defined in this way, it describes a near-universal yearning, and that anyone who (like me) intends to be helpful to others can measure their success by looking for changes in answers to these questions. So, my next question was, why do we need the second goal? Is it redundant? Doesn’t “Age Well” mean “continue to live well in your later years?” I believe it IS needed, not because living well has a different meaning in those later years but because the task of living well can become more difficult. This is not just a consequence of challenges (such as death of a spouse) that inevitably become more likely as one ages, but also results from challenges that occur due to the failure of our culture to adapt to the huge increase in life expectancy. Around 100 years ago after years of hard work in the fields or factories, aging well meant surviving long enough for a few months of paid vacation that came to be called “retirement”– leisure, sunshine, maybe a little travel. There had always been a few who became famous for being old – 80s and 90s and even 100+ -- but they were viewed as lucky exceptions. Our culture’s expectations, attitudes, policies, and laws jelled around ideas like “retirement age.” For example, even now the US Census defines “working age” as 18-64 and “dependency” as child 0-17 or old age 65+. When medical care and lifestyles changed during the 20th century, each year a larger and larger percentage of the population outlived these expectations but found themselves marginalized -- written off by the culture as 20 connections

being in decline and temporary. With little guidance on how to live well during those “extra” years, they sank or swam on their own. They either succumbed to stereotypes or wrote their own rules. Average US 60-year-olds are entering a bonus period of more than twenty relatively healthy years. Physically, they can expect some annoying chronic complaints without serious disability. These folks are not expiring, but the decisions they made thirty years earlier about occupation and family and residence are. Now they are confronted with new decisions -- new opportunities to redefine themselves and shape the next thirty years. What prepares them to manage these bonus years well? Or even to recognize they should be thinking about it? Not the culture, which is very slow to catch up. Not the family; its traditions are also based on the past. Maybe a few books in the library. Usually not the education system. Maybe the AARP. Maybe Betty White’s TV shows. Maybe the internet; it offers a mixed bag which can be helpful IF you are skilled in exploring it and separating the misinformation and wild opinions from the valuable experiences of others. Mostly, aging well in the bonus years remains a figure-it-out-yourself task with encouragement from peers who are also trying to find their way. At this point in my thinking, I believed I had found the unmet need I was seeking. Now I am working on two derivative questions: How and where can I contribute to meeting this need? I hope to report my answers eventually. I would be pleased to hear from anyone who reads this. How does my definition of “aging well” fit with your experiences? If you are currently in your “bonus years,” what has helped or hindered finding your way? You can reply by mail at 135 Hoyt Street in Athens, GA 30605 or email at Chuck Brodie is a semi-retired psychologist who submitted this article to ACCA . If you have an article that you think would fit our publication, we would love to hear from you. You can email KaDee at or give her a call at 706-549-4850.

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s. Senior Athens is growing. Now in its 4th consecutive year celebrating women from all over the Athens and Northeast Georgia area, Ms. Senior Athens has become ACCA’s most anticipated signature event. This experience is a true celebration of women aged 55 and over. All proceeds from Ms. Senior Athens support ACCA and its mission in the community. Today Ms. Senior Athens is known for more than the one time event. Proud participants of Ms. Senior Athens become part of the ‘Women of Distinction’. Including all past and future Ms. Senior Athens participants, the Women of Distinction have the opportunity to become part of a leadership circle at ACCA, serving the community in a variety of ways. Do you know a Woman of Distinction? Nominate a friend or even yourself today. ACCA is now taking nominations for the 4th annual Ms. Senior Athens event. Nominees are women 55 and over who embody the ideals of living well and aging well. One winner will be crowned on Sunday, May 4th, 2014 at the Athens Country Club. She will go on to represent the vitality of older women in Athens and the surrounding community throughout her reigning year. Submit a nomination today. Deadline for nominations is January 31st, 2014.Visit for more information or please contact KaDee Holt or Sarah McKinney at 706-549-4850. Past Ms. Senior Athens winners & Women of Distinction are:

2011 Ms. Senior Athens crowned Annette Barfield

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2011 Women of Distinction included: Helen DeLong, Consie Ellington, Catherine Harden, Wilma Jeffers, Bobbie McKeller, Elizabeth Nevil, Rubielen Norris, Jane Parrick, Carol Shelnutt, Judy Sloan and Susan Wiley

2012 Ms. Senior Athens crowned Marie Norris

2012 Women of Distinction included: Bernadette Allard, Julie Cashin, Anne Cook, Bessie Freeman, Anna Homily, Huda Lillard, Marie Norris, Tommie Mullis and Janice Oglesby

2013 Ms. Senior Athens crowned Fay Davis

2013 Women of Distinction included: Sharon Bauer, Janie Mae Bolds, Mary Kay Combes, Louise Davis, Joyce Downing, Helen Epps, Janett Gibbs, Joyce Heard, Joan Leon, Irene Moore, Debra Simpkins, Mary Thrasher and Lynda Walters

2014 Nomination Form Name:

Address: Phone: Home


Best time to reach? a.m./p.m. Email: Place of Birth:

Date of Birth:

Husbands Name:

No. of Children:

No. of Grandchildren:

No. of Great-Grandchildren:

Interests, Hobbies, Affiliations: Awards, citations, distinctions earned: On a separate sheet, please write a short paragraph on why this person would make an ideal spokeswoman in the Athens area for living well and aging well. Nominator (name of person and/or organization): Name: Address: Phone: Home Email: Please email or mail your nomination to:

Mobile Athens Community Council on Aging c/o KaDee Holt 135 Hoyt Street Athens, GA 30601

Ms. Senior Athens is an annual celebration of the women in our community who are living well and aging well. It is the signature fundraising event for the Athens Community Council on Aging. The 2014 event will be held on Sunday, May 4, 2014 at the Athens Country Club. WINTER 2014 23

HOME SAFETY CHECKLIST At BrightStar Care®, we understand that experiencing a fall can be a life-changing event. That’s why we’ve developed our “Focus on Falls” program, a unique approach that pairs our clinical expertise with patient education for you and your family to reduce fall risk by helping to address common causes of falls in seniors, including environmental hazards both inside and outside the home. Use this Home Safety Checklist to guide you through key environmental considerations to see where you can increase home safety and reduce the likelihood of falls in your home or that of a loved one.

Check “YES” or “NO” for each item. Any “NO” answers indicate a potential need for changes to your environment.








Is the path from the bedroom to the bathroom well lit? Are there grab bars near the toilet and in the shower and bathtub? If you have difficulty standing in the shower, do you use a shower seat? Do your bathmats have slip-resistant backing? Do you remove soap build in your shower/bathtub up to avoid slipping? Can you reach soap in the shower without bending down or turning too far around? Do you have a raised toilet seat if you have difficulty standing up and sitting down? Are spills cleaned up immediately? BEDROOM Is there a table close to your bed with a lamp and room to store eyeglasses and a phone? Are cords pushed back against the wall? Is there clutter on the floor? Do you have a motion sensor night light? KITCHEN Are throw rugs/floor mats secure? Can you get to regularly used items without bending down or reaching up too far? Are spills cleaned up immediately? Is food prepared at the kitchen table?






Are floor coverings secure and sturdy? Can you answer the phone without getting up? Are cords pushed back against the wall? Can you turn on a light without having to walk into a dark room? Do you have a step stool that has side rails, sturdy and in good condition? Do you have a cordless or cellular phone or an emergency alarm device? Is your floor free of clutter? It is easy to walk around the furniture in your home? Can you pull cords to lights or ceiling fans without reaching up? Are there handrails on both sides of the stairways in your home? Are the steps on your stairways even and safe? Are there lights at the top and the bottom of the stairs? PORCH, YARD, OUTSIDE Is the path from the house to the garage well lit? Are there cracks or buckles on the sidewalks or driveway? Are there hoses, weeds or other obstacles on the walkways? Are there icy steps or walkways? TOTAL Adapted from the Fall Prevention Task Force “Fall Prevention Home Assessment Chart.”

Did you know that falls aren’t only caused by environmental hazards? There are other risk factors that cause falls in seniors that families might not be aware of including adverse medication interactions, chronic medical conditions and even dehydration, to name a few.

Visit to learn more about the BrightStar “Focus on Falls” program and for more practical tips on how to reduce fall risk.

To get a free, comprehensive assessment of your loved one’s fall risk, contact your local BrightStar Care® office. BrightStar Care of Athens

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“ I dropped out of school when I was fourteen years old and for years I tried to work and raise a family with no education. I have had many jobs in my life, but none of those jobs have made me feel proud as a woman.” - Lashon Adams By Carol Ann Adams | Senior Community Service Employment Program Director

“Ms. Adams, I am going to college.” LaShon Allen called the SCSEP office to share news of her accomplishment when she completed her GED. Instead of seeing this as the end, she considers it a new beginning. LaShon Allen has been an enrollee in the Senior Community Services Employment Program (SCSEP) since March of 2012. Ms. Allen has a substantial work history in the food service industry, following the closing of the business she worked for, Ms. Allen chose to pursue re-training through SCSEP. As Ms. Allen and the SCSEP staff discussed Ms. Allen’s barriers to employment, it was evident that she would need to obtain a GED in order to reach her goals. Ms. Allen faced this challenge with excitement. Upon enrolling in Adult Education classes at Athens Technical College’s Elberton campus, Ms. Allen attended Adult Education Classes for more than twenty hours each week for a year. In less than 18 months, she had successfully passed all sections of her GED. Ms. Allen’s hard work so impressed her instructors that they have nominated her for the EAGLE award. The EAGLE award is presented at the state level, Ms. Allen will represent Athens Technical College’s Elberton campus. In preparation for the EAGLE Leadership Institute, Ms. Allen will be coached in public speaking and other skills related to acting as an ambassador for literacy. The Exceptional Adult Georgian in Literacy Education (EAGLE) Program celebrates adult learners in pursuit of excellence. The program recognizes and honors students who have demonstrated exceptional achievement in statewide adult education classes. The concept of EAGLE is one designed to create a

greater awareness of educational opportunities that are available in local communities across the state and to foster involvement in lifelong learning pursuits. Every EAGLE delegate is considered an ambassador and spokesperson for literacy serving local communities and the state by promoting lifelong learning. ACCA wishes LaShon the very best as she promotes Adult Education and continues her work towards licensure. Congratulations on being selected to represent our region!

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catalog of programs and classes

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

December | January | February Educational Classes and Events CPR/First Aid Would you be ready and able to help someone in need? Join us as the Center for Active Living hosts its first CPR/ First Aid certification class. During this day-long class you will learn proper CPR technique as well First Aid practices that could save someone’s life one day. Your certification will last for two years. Where: ACCA Bentley Conference Room When: Tuesday, December 3rd Time: 9:00am-4:00pm Cost: - $60 for CAL Members Doctor Talk Dr. William Chafin will talk about general information regarding Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis. Dr. Chafin is an Athens rheumatologist and his talk is sponsored by Abbvie Pharmaceuticals. Bring your questions & a friend. Where: ACCA Harris Room When: Wednesday, December 4th Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm Cost: FREE to CAL members Fire Safety Seminar This month’s personal safety seminar featuring firefighters from Athens’ Fire Department Station Number 1. The firefighters will teach you how to keep your Christmas tree jolly and your Menorah shining bright. Don’t be caught off guard by a fire this holiday season. Where: ACCA Harris Room When: Tuesday, December 10th Time: 10:00am-11:00am Cost: Free for CAL Members ARTini Art Class ARTini’s owner, Kate Cook, is coming to lead an art workshop. We will be creating the painting to the right, called “Indian Summer.” Pre-registration and payment are required by: December 6th, 2013. Where: ACCA Brick Dining Room When: Friday, December 13th Time: 2:00pm-4:30pm Cost: $25 for CAL Members Matter of Balance Start the New Year off on a balanced foot. Many older adults have a fear of falling and chose to reduce their physical activity. Matter of Balance is an award winning class designed to manage falls and increase activity levels. The class is led by trained instructor, MadelineVan Dyke. Where: ACCA Hudson Conference Room When: Wednesdays, (Jan 15, 22, 29; Feb 5, 21, 19, 26; Mar 5) Time: 9:30am-11:30am Cost: Free for CAL Members


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Personal Safety with UGA Police Department This month’s Personal Care Seminar features some of Athens’ finest. Sargent Stephens and Corporal Thompson from UGA’s Crime Prevention Squad will lead a talk about keeping yourself safe. There will be a self-defense demo after the presentation. Come and prepare yourself for the unexpected. Where: ACCA Harris Room When: Wednesday, January 8th Time: 10:00am-11:00am Cost: FREE to CAL Members Brain Health Fair Join us for our very first Brain Health Fair! We will be having nutritionist Tamara Myles speak about healthy diet choices for a productive brain. We’ll also have info booths including a neurologist station and several brain-boosting activities. Our booths include a luminosity lab, memory games that will test brain activity, a Wii station with brain games, and a checkers tournament to see who is best at outwitting their competition. Also, a few lucky people will win some door prizes. This event is open to the entire Athens community, so feel free to bring your friends and family to have a brain-fun filled day. Where: ACCA Harris Room When: Wednesday, January 15th Time: 10:00am-1:00pm Cost: Free for 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 going over: How to download apps, basic setting information and personalizing your phone. Don’t miss this chance to make your phone yours. We look forward to seeing you! Where: ACCA in the Library When: Thursday, January 16th Time: 2:00pm-3:00pm Cost: Free for 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 presentations have been given by pharmacists, nurses, doctors, researchers, book authors, etc. Georgia Square Mall is a great place to walk, and doors open before the stores do. Get all the benefits of walking in a flat, secure, climate controlled environment. This program is sponsored by Arbor Terrace, Athens Regional Health System, Georgia Square Mall, St. Mary’s Health Care System, and The Center for Active Living.For details, please call Mark at 706.389.3897. Where: Georgia Square Mall Food Court When: 1/21 & 3/18 (3rdTuesdays of odd-numbered months) Time: 8:30am Cost: Free and open to the community Retirement & Personal Care Apartments 706.369.7100 ♦ WINTER 2014 29


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AARP Smart Driver Learn how to operate your vehicle more safely in today’s increasingly challenging driving environment. We will discuss adjustments to accommodate common age-related 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 Hudson Conference Room When: Thursday & Friday, January 23rd & 24th or Thursday & Friday, March 13th & 14th Time: 8:45am-12:00pm Cost: $15 AARP members, $20 non-AARP members Computer Basics with Alex Brought to you by request from many CAL members, here is your very own computer class. During the class, Alex will be going over basic computer skills. Alex will review Microsoft Office as well as basic trouble shooting. There is a limit of 4 people for the class. Call the CAL office to reserve your spot today! Where: The Computer Lab at ACCA When: Wednesday, Feb. 5th Time: 11:00am-12:00pm Cost: FREE to CAL Members

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Aging and Sexuality According to the AARP, individuals over the age of 55 Adele Gross - Owner - Since 2003 experienced a 44% increase in syphilis and chlamydia new infections between the years of 2005-2009. This is a very Professional Organizing Services concerning trend! Join us for this 1 hour seminar and learn Are you overwhelmed with the facts about STDs and seniors. Our speaker, Dr. Denise papers, possessions or mail? Lewis, is a professor in the College of Family and Consumer At Your Service can Sciences at the University of Georgia. Her research focuses on the aging population. Her talk will be research based help you, or help and will focus on protecting one’s self from infection as your loved one. well as debunking some myths around sexuality and older adulthood. Join us as Dr. Lewis shares her expertise. • ORGANIZING Create systems for Home Offices and paper management Where: ACCA Harris Room • DOWNSIZING When: Wednesday, February 26th Determine which possessions to keep, move, donate, and sell Time: 10:00am-11:00am • FINANCIAL & LIFE ORGANIZING Pay bills, organize tax documents, review financial Cost: FREE to CAL Members statements, and more.

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December | January | February Educational Trips Holiday Tour of Homes in Madison, Georgia Known for its small town charm and amazingly preserved homes, Madison, GA entices many out-of-towners for this annual event. Stroll through ancient hallways and rooms of sparkling décor in several antebellum homes as you relive history in its own holiday magic. Afterward, pick your own restaurant for lunch and get into the holiday spirit with a little shopping. Where: Depart from ACCA When: Friday, December 6th Time: 11:00am-6:00pm Cost: $30 for CAL Members Magical Nights of Lights Join us for a leisurely ride through miles of stunning holiday lights at the beautiful Lake Lanier Resort. After the light show, we will stroll through the Holiday Village and partake in many traditional holiday festivities, such as shopping, sipping hot chocolate and roasting marshmallow. We will have dinner in the Village. The cost of dinner is not included. Where: Depart from ACCA When: Thursday, December 12th Time: 4:00pm-10:00pm Cost: $45 for CAL Members Shopping at the Mall of Georgia Who doesn’t love to shop? We’re heading to Georgia’s largest mall to enjoy some retail therapy! Bring comfy shoes and a good friend! We will have lunch in the food court. The cost of lunch is not included. Where: Depart from ACCA When: Thursday, December 19th Time: 9:00am-4:00pm Cost: $35 for CAL Members Agatha’s: A Taste of Murder Dinner and a show anyone? We are attending The Nut Croaker: Murder on Your Toes at Agatha’s: A Taste of Murder, in Atlanta. This show is a little different; you won’t just be watching the show, you will be in the show! We will be served a 5 course meal while the show takes place. Once the show starts, two actors will take the lead and the audience will be given parts throughout the play. The theater doesn’t require coat and tie, however, sandals are not allowed. Join us; this night is going to be killer… Where: Depart from ACCA When: Wednesday, January, 8th Time: 5:00pm-12:00am Cost: $85 for CAL Members

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High Museum of Art We are going back to Atlanta’s High Museum to view The Art of the Louve’s Tuileries Garden. The collection features more than 100 works and these pieces have influenced artists throughout time. We will have lunch at the museum, in one of the cafés. The cost of lunch is not included. Where: Depart from ACCA When: Friday, January 17th Time: 9:30am-4:00pm Cost: $45 for CAL Members Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Feeling the itch to play the one armed bandit? Well it’s time to scratch that itch! We will be heading to Harrah’s Cherokee for a day of casino fun! Upon arriving in Cherokee, NC we will stop off at our hotel, a Holiday Inn Express, to check in. After unpacking and freshening up from travel we will head over to the casino and have dinner at the Chef’s Stage Buffet, which is included in the cost of the trip. After dinner we will disperse and hit the casino floor for some fun. On Saturday morning, we will have breakfast at the Holiday Inn before heading back to Harrah’s for a few more hours. We will head home around 2pm. The cost of gaming and lunch is not included. When: Depart from ACCA When: Friday, February 21st - Saturday, February 22nd Time: Depart at 2:00pm on Friday and return around 5:00pm on Saturday Cost: $300 per person Be There 4 Seniors Rally Join us as we travel to Atlanta for Senior Week at the Capitol! We will participate in the Be There 4 Seniors Rally, tour the Capitol building, meet with legislators, and advocate for the continued funding of services for older adults. Participants will have the opportunity to sit in on a legislative session or attend the presentation for the Distinguished Older Georgian award. We’ll also enjoy lunch at the nearby food court during our visit. Save the date and contact the Center for Active Living for more details! Where: Depart from ACCA When: Thursday February 27th Time: TBA Cost: FREE. Please bring money for lunch!

December | January | February Ongoing Fitness Classes Mixed Martial Arts Come and learn how to defend yourself as well as the discipline that follows students of Kyuki-Do. Kyuki-Do is a living, growing martial art that continues to expand and change. In addition to the core elements of Tae Kwon Do, Judo and Hapkido, Kyuki-Do also includes techniques from Jujitsu, Karate, Boxing, Wrestling, traditional weapons from Okinawa and the Philippines, and many other arts and styles. Come and enjoy the discipline of Kyuki-Do. Where: ACCA Harris Room When: Fridays Time: 2:00pm-3:00pm Cost: FREE for CAL members Happy Feet Our feet can be our most neglected body part. Did you know there are pressure points in your feet that act as a 32 connections


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gauge throughout the whole body? Our feet are the foundation of posture and functional movement. If the feet aren’t cared for properly the whole body can suffer. Did you know stiff ankles and feet are the number one reason for falls? Did you know shoes are the number one reason for foot pain? Foot fitness is fun and easy to achieve! This five week class is for all ages and fitness levels. You’ll need a towel and foot lotion. Where: ACCA Harris Room When: Wednesdays (Jan 29, Feb: 5, 12, 19, 26) Time: 11:15am-12:15pm Cost: $25 for 5 part series for CAL Members 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: ACCA Harris Room When: Fridays (cancelled December 27th) Time: 3:15pm-4:00pm Cost: $5 per class for CAL Members Fitness Assessment/ Personal Training If you’re serious about your health, fitness is a natural next step. A Fitness Assessment is like a “fitness screening”. 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. Excellent for men or women, of all ages and fitness levels. Where: ACCA Harris Room When: By appointment only Cost: $50 for CAL Members Call San Cash 770-318-2073 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 (Jan 17, 24, 31; Feb 7, 14, 21) Time: 8:45am-9:45am Cost: Free for CAL Members Zumba® Fitness Move to the music! Zumba® fitness is a one of a kind exercise class that ignites enthusiasm in people around the world. Latin rhythms and exotic international music power up the class while you shake it to the beat. As you shake it from head to toe, you reap the rewards as well. Burn off calories, reenergize your body, and rejuvenate your mind all at once! Join us for an exciting class for all ages and abilities. Modifications will be provided for all levels Sponsored by:

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of fitness. Beginners welcome! Where: ACCA Harris Room (Seated/Standing Class) Time: 11:00am-11:45am

When: Tuesdays Cost: $2/class for CAL Members

Where: Winterville Depot Time: 2:30pm-3:30pm

When: Wednesdays Cost: $4/class for adults of all ages

Where: ACCA Harris Room Time: 11:05am-11:50am

When: Thursdays Cost: $2/for CAL Members

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. Where: ACCA Harris Room Where: ACCA Harris Room When: Mondays w/Eleanor-Gentle Yoga When: Tuesdays w/Cal- Ashtanga Yoga Time: 3:00pm-4:30pm Time: 3:00pm-4:30pm Where: ACCA Harris Room When: Wednesdays w/Edna-Gentle Yoga Time: 3:00pm-4:30pm

Where: ACCA Harris Room When: Fridays w/Anna-Gentle Yoga Time: 10:00am-11:30am



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Introductory Line Dancing A beginner’s class that focuses on the basics of stepping in sync with the music. No partner needed. 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 it to the music. Join in the fun! Class can be performed seated or standing. Where: ACCA Harris Room Where: ACCA Harris Room (cancelled 1st Thursday of each month) When: Mondays When: Thursdays Time: 9:00am-10:00am Time: 2:00pm-3:00pm Cost: Free for CAL Members 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 Where: ACCA Harris Room When: Mondays When: Thursdays Time: 11:00am-12:00pm Time: 10:00am-11:00am Cost: $5/class for CAL Members Cost: $5/class 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 Where: YWCO Pool When: Mon., Wed., Fri. When: Monday and Wednesday Time: 9:00am and 11:00am Time: 7:00pm Cost: $7 for CAL Members Cost: $7 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: 2:00pm-3:00pm Cost: $7 for CAL Members

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SilverSplash速 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: 2:00pm-3:00pm Cost: $7 for CAL Members

December | January | February Ongoing Social Classes UGArden Produce Stand 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 Round Room (next to the Harris Room) When: Mondays Time: 11:30am-2:30pm Open to the community

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Mah Jongg Join us to play Mah Jongg, a Chinese Tile Game. Some knowledge of the game and reservations are required. Please call Sharon at 706-543-8524 to reserve your spot today! Where: ACCA Bentley Conference Room When: Mondays Time: 1:00pm-4:00pm Cost: Free for CAL Members 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 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 Library When: Tuesdays Time: 9:30am-10:55am Cost: Free to CAL Members Toastmasters This weekly meeting is a learn-by-doing workshop in which participants hone their speaking and leadership skills in a no-pressure atmosphere. Meeting participants also give impromptu talks on assigned topics, conduct meetings and develop skills related to timekeeping, grammar and parliamentary procedure. Members learn communication skills by working in the Competent Communication manual, which includes a series of 10 self-paced speaking assignments designed to instill a basic foundation in public speaking. Where: ACCA Hudson Conference Room Come learn how to do Ashtanga yoga by When: Tuesdays instructor Cal Clements. Ashtanga yoga Time: 11:30am-1:30pm Cost: $60/6 months; $20 New Toastmaster Member Fee for CAL is a form of hatha yoga that focuses on breathing and movement. It is known as members the 8 limbs of yoga. With each movement and attention to breath, you will feel a Intermediate Bridge difference in your body alignment. Join us in an informal setting to play bridge. No reservation needed. Where: ACCA Glass Dining Room Please bring your own mat and any When: Tuesdays blankets for the class! Its offered to our Time: 1:30pm CAL members on Tuesdays. Cost: Free for CAL Members


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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 centers). 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 Time: 10:00am-11:30am Cost: FREE to CAL Members Advanced Bridge Please call 706-543-3102 to reserve your spot today! Where: ACCA Glass Dining Room When: Wednesdays Time: 1:30pm Cost: Free for CAL Members, reservation required 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 YUVA MEDICAL SPA - ONE LIFE. ONE BODY. ONE IMAGE.



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December | January | February Winterville Programs Line Dance Learn basic line dance steps and then enjoy dancing to a variety of music. Great low impact cardio workout! No partner needed. Where: Winterville Depot When: Tuesdays w/Ron Time: 2:00pm-3:00pm Cost: $6/class for adults of all ages Zumba® Fitness Move to the music! Zumba® fitness is a one of a kind exercise class that ignites enthusiasm in people around the world. Latin rhythms and exotic international music power up the class while you shake it to the beat. As you shake it from head to toe, you reap the rewards as well. Burn off calories, reenergize your body, and rejuvenate your mind all at once! Join us for an exciting class for all ages and abilities. Modifications will be provided for all levels of fitness. Beginners welcome! Where: Winterville Depot When: Wednesdays w/Jean Time: 2:30pm-3:30pm Cost: $4/class for adults of all ages 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. Where: Winterville When: TBD Time: TBD Cost: Free for adults of all ages

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December | January | February Ongoing Support Groups 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

Athens Regional Home Health Services Athens Regional Home Health Services provides expert care in the patient’s home through a range of services to assist in the recovery from illness, injury or surgery. Our skilled clinicians recognize it is a privilege to be invited into a patient’s home to provide care.Through combined home care and home infusion services, Athens Regional Home Health Services now manages over 300 patients every day in the community setting. Our home care staff works closely with the patient’s physician to address immediate care needs, but also focuses on improving the patient’s quality of life and safety. Through our hands-on care; innovative remote monitoring; infusion pharmacy services; and self-management support to teach patients, their families and caregivers how to provide care, we excel at helping patients achieve their function and mobility goals. Athens Regional Home Health Services consistently ranks in the top 20% of home health providers in the nation as measured by Home Health Compare.



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Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Groups A 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


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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 of the 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.


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Our CAL+ Program offers additional opportunities for older adults age 50+ who live in Athens and surrounding areas. The plus program offers a door to door transportation program for those unable to drive, morning activities, a noon lunch, and case management, if needed. This program runs from 8:00am-1:00pm. For eligibility details and additional information on the Plus program, please contact: The Center for Active Living Plus Program Manager 706-549-4850 or

A resource of business professionals providing services in the Senior Community. Serving Athens-Clarke, Oconee, and surrounding counties. Companies in our network represent the following categories: Assisted Living / Independent Living Financial Services • Home Accessibility Home Healthcare • Hospice • Hospitals Medical • Medical Equipment • Medication Services and Resources • Transportation and Much More...

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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 days of ACCA by June 30, 2014. 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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#day45 Jeff Gordon at ACCA

#day50 Helping Hands Program Launch

#day42 Chronic Disease Self Management

#day65 Ice Cream Social for the Village

#day68 Capstone Project Kickoff w/UGA

#day79 Mayor’s Call to Service

#day80 ACCA advocates to the President

#day86 ACCA’s take on the Breakfast Club


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Halloween is always a fun day at ACCA. The CAL Plus clients came around the building trick or treating and then we had a baby shower for staff member, Elise North that afternoon. The line dancing class had a great party and fun time dancing in their costumes.

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The mission of ACCA is to promote a lifetime of wellness through engagement, advocacy, education and support. Reach out to your local, state, and national legislators and let them hear your voice and how important these services are to our older adults. ACCA recently did a paper plate campaign and sent them to these leaders. We educated staff, community members, clients, and students on the effects of sequestration and had them write letters on paper plates which we mailed to their offices.

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On Sunday evening, November 3, the Last Resort in downtown Athens hosted a benefit for the Athens Area Village. The dinner was five courses paired with a total of nine wines. Master Sommelier Michael McNeill selected the wines along with the Last Resort Grill owner, Jaamy Zarnegar who designed the wine pairings with Chef David Bland’s unique menu. The event was coordinated by Jeneane McGuire, the General Manager of the Last Resort Grill and a host of volunteers from the Athens Area Village including Rick and Sandi Huszagh and founding advisory council members Gordhan Patel and Madeline Van Dyck.

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Hey, dad. How’s the new knee doing?

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I feel better than I have in years. I can finally get out in the garden again.

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Week 1

5 Minute Warmup Walk 1 Minute Jog 5 Min. Cool Down/Stretch

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Week 2

5 Minute Warmup Walk 1 Minute Jog 5 Min. Cool Down/Stretch

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Week 5

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45 Minute Minute Warmup Warmup Walk Walk 71 Minute Minute Jog Jog 55 Min. Min. Cool Cool Down/Stretch Down/Stretch

3 Minute Warmup Walk 5 Minute Jog Walk 5 Minute Warmup 31Minute MinuteWalk Jog Minute Jog 5 Min.5Cool Down/Stretch 5 Min. Cool Down/Stretch

35 Minute Warmup Walk 10 Minute Jog Jog 1 Minute 5 Min. Cool Down/Stretch

3 MinuteREST Warmup Walk 10 Minute Jog 5 Min. Cool Down/Stretch



Week 8

5 Minute Warmup Walk 12 Minute Jog 5 Min. Cool Down/Stretch

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5 Minute Warmup Walk 14 Minute Jog 5 Min. Cool Down/Stretch

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5 Minute Warmup Walk 14 Minute Jog 5 Min. Cool Down/Stretch

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5 Minute Warmup Walk 20 Minute Jog 5 Min. Cool Down/Stretch

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Week 11

5 Minute Warmup Walk 25 Minute Jog 5 Min. Cool Down/Stretch

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