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Two Public Hearings on the State Fiscal Year 2019 Area Plan for the Northeast Georgia Regional Commission - Area Agency on Aging Planning and Service Area which includes Barrow, Clarke, Elbert, Greene, Jackson, Jasper, Madison, Morgan, Newton, Oconee, Oglethorpe, and Walton Counties will take place on the following dates, times, and locations:

1. Monday, January 8, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at Madison County Senior Center, 1265 Highway 98 West, Danielsville, GA  30633; and

2. Tuesday January 9, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at Newton County Senior Center,  6183 Turner Lake Complex, Covington, GA  30014.

These hearings are held to inform Northeast Georgia’s residents of Aging Services’ plan(s) for State Fiscal Year 2019 and to provide citizens with an opportunity to discuss issues relevant to the Northeast Georgia Planning and Service Area.  All interested parties are encouraged to attend these hearings.  The Department of Human Services – Division of Aging Services is the sponsoring agent for programs or services offered in the planning and service area.  If additional information is needed, contact Peggy Jenkins at (706) 583-2546 extension 101 or via e-mail at


Each year NEGA CARE-NET receives nominations of individuals in three categories, Family Caregiver, Para-Professional Caregiver and Volunteer Caregiver.  We are proud to announce our 2017 regional nominees at this time.

The following nominations were received: Jenny Pair nominated by J' Dawn Elliott with NEGA AAA; Ray Jefferson nominated by Rebecca Stephens with Elbert County Senior Center; Joan Barden nominated by Peggy Linston and Loleeta Jo Jones; Stephany  Brown nominated by Loletta Jo Jones and Linda Morris nominated by Trippe Ross with Athens Community Council on Aging.

The NEGA CARE-NET is proud to announce the 2017 NEGA Regional Caregivers of the Year winners:

Family Caregiver: Joan Barden

Para-Professional Caregiver: Stephany Brown

Volunteer Caregiver: Linda Morris

The regional winners’ information was sent to the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving (RCI) for the state competition.  From the regional winners, a selection committee chooses one state winner for each of the three categories (Family caregiver, Para-professional caregiver and Volunteer caregiver).  Linda Morris was selected as the 2017 Georgia Volunteer Caregiver of the Year by the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving. She was honored during a Gala Awards Banquet on October 27, 2017 in Americus, GA. The gala will be a part of the 30th Anniversary RCI National Summit.     

All local caregiver nominees and winners will be recognized during the 7th Annual NEGA CARE-NET Caregiver Celebration that will be held at the Green Acres Baptist Church located at 2085 Barnett Shoals Road Athens, GA 30605 on Thursday, November 2, 2017 from 11:00am to 1:00pm. The FREE event will include speakers, caregiver resources, vendors and door prizes. Local winners will also be honored during an awards ceremony that will be held just after lunch. For more information or to RSVP for the event, please contact Michele Kelley with the Northeast Georgia Area Agency on Aging at 706-583-2546 Ext. 102 or by e-mail at by Monday, October 23, 2017.


The Northeast Georgia Area Agency on Aging is happy to announce private pay services.  Private pay services offer a variety of services including Care Transitions, Case Management, Community Options Counseling and Home Delivered Meals. To learn more, call an Options Counselor at 1-800-474-7540. 

Powerful Tools for Caregiving

The Northeast Georgia Regional Commission/Area Agency on Aging is working with the Department of Human Services/Division of Aging to bring the Powerful Tools for Caregiving Program (PTC) to the Northeast Georgia region. Powerful Tools for Caregivers is an educational program designed to help current and future family caregivers. This program will help participants take care of themselves while caring for a relative or friend. Participants will benefit from this class whether they are helping a parent, spouse, friend or someone who lives at home, lives in assisted living or a skilled nursing facility, or live across the country.

This class will give participants tools to:

·         Reduce stress

·         Communicate effectively with other family members, doctor or paid help

·         Reduce guilt, anger, and depression

·         Take care of themselves

·         Learn how to relax

·         Make tough decisions

·         Set goals and problem-solve

This program was developed in Portland, OR and has shown to improve self-care behaviors, confidence, and the use of community resources. Classes are held once a week for six weeks.

For more information on the program or classes, contact Megan Vogt at 1-800-474-7540 Ext. 208 or 

Money Follows the Person (MFP)

Money Follows the Person (MFP) is a rebalancing initiative that was made possible by an eleven-year grant to states from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) established by the Deficit Reduction Act of 200. This grant is designed to help individuals who are institutionalized in nursing facilities and intermediate care facilities (ICF) for people with developmental disabilities return to their homes and communities. 

The Georgia Department of Community Health implemented Money Follows the Person on September 1, 2008. Through partnerships with the Department of Human Services, the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, the Department of Community Affairs, and other state and local agencies and organizations, DCH seeks to transition 1558 individuals from institutional setting to the community.

MFP addresses the long-term care needs of three specific populations: older adults, persons with physical disabilities and/or acquired brain injury (ABI) and persons with developmental disabilities or mental retardation. Money follows the individual by allowing the state to pay for long-term care in a home and community-based setting rather than an institutional setting by providing in-home services and supports.  Barriers will be removed to allow for payments of deposits for utilities/rent, adaptive equipment, and for transportation needs such as dialysis treatment.

In order to be eligible for MFP, you must:

  • Live in a nursing home or other institution for at least three (3) months (with some exceptions), receiving long-term care
  • Be a Medicaid recipient
  • Meet institutional level of care   

If you are interested and want more information on Money Follows the Person, you can contact the NEGA Area Agency on Aging/Aging and Disability Resource Connection at 706-583-2546 or 1-800-474-7540.

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Care Transitions Program

The Northeast Georgia Regional Commission Area Agency on Aging successfuly provided the Community-Based Care Transition Program from January 15, 2012 to October 31, 2015. The Community-Based Care Transitions Program (CCTP), created by Section 3026 of the Affordable Care Act, is a program that CMS provides that tests models for improving care transitions from the hospital to other settings and reducing readmissions for high-risk Medicare beneficiaries. The goals of the CCTP are to improve transitions of beneficiaries from the inpatient hospital setting to other care settings, to improve quality of care, to reduce readmissions for high risk beneficiaries, and to document measurable savings to the Medicare program.

Nearly one in five Medicare patients discharged from a hospital – approximately 2.6 million seniors – is readmitted within 30 days, at a cost of over $260 billion every year.  The CCTP seeks to correct readmission deficiencies by encouraging the community to come together and work together to improve quality, reduce cost, and improve patient experience.

The CCTP is part of the Partnership for Patients, a nationwide public-private partnership that aims to reduce preventative errors in hospitals by 40 percent and reduce hospital readmissions by 20 percent.

If you are interested and want more information on Care Transitions, you can contact the NEGA Area Agency on Aging/Aging and Disability Resource Connection at 706-583-2546 or 1-800-474-7540.


Georgia Edition of Today's Caregiver Magazine


Georgia Area Agencies on Aging(G4A), in partnership with Today’s Caregiver Magazine, are excited to launch the new digital Georgia edition of Today’s Caregiver Magazine! 


We are doing this in cooperation with other partners in the Aging Network such as AARP, Aging Services of Georgia, the Georgia Council on Aging and the Georgia Gerontology Society.  Please share this magazine with your friends, families and colleagues so that families and practitioners throughout the State will receive timely articles on caregiving and aging issues as well as direct links to the local Area Agency on Aging in each region.


We trust you will find valuable information on the pages of this magazine!  The Georgia digital edition is always free, so feel free to subscribe directly with Today's Caregiver. We welcome your suggestions for future articles. ENJOY!



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