Area residents are invited to participate in “A Community Conversation,” a series of public hearings planned by Georgia on issues related to aging.
A hearing is set for 10 a.m. Thursday, April 26, at Legacy Link, 4080 Mundy Mill Road, Oakwood.
‘A Community Conversation’ on aging
When: 10 a.m. Thursday, April 26
Where: Legacy Link, 4080 Mundy Mill Road, Oakwood
“Are you an older adult, an individual with a disability, a caregiver, a pre-retiree, a veteran or a service provider?” states a flyer on the Georgia Division of Aging Services’ website.
The agency, which is under the state Department of Human Services, goes on to say it “wants to hear your input and learn from your experiences as we design a strategic plan to address our communities’ needs.”
“I’ve been everywhere to let people know about the meeting,” said Don Colombero, spokesman for Legacy Link.
The Department of Human Services has designated Legacy Link as the Area Agency on Aging in Northeast Georgia. It is responsible for advocacy for seniors, planning and administration of programs, coordination and monitoring services in the area, according to Legacy Link’s website.
“Federal funds authorized by a wide variety of federal and state laws and programs are utilized by this nonprofit agency,” according to the site.
Thursday’s hearing is the first of 12 being held throughout the state. The initiative is scheduled to wrap up Aug. 22 in Augusta.
“They’re going to take all the information they have back to formulate a plan to (determine) what funding they need and legislative action they might need,” Colombero said.
State officials couldn’t be reached for comment.
A letter from Nicole Hodge of the Division of Aging Services to host sites says the format for the hearings will be small groups working together to answer questions.
“Also, please remember to try to recruit a good mix of stakeholders for participation,” Hodge said.
She cites several potential participants, ranging from caregivers to community-based organizations.
“The data that is gathered in this process will be broken down by region for your own use in future planning and reporting,” Hodge also noted.