Georgia is the statewide association of over 150 key not-for-profit and
other mission-focused organizations dedicated to providing quality
housing, health care, community-based and other related services for
older Georgians. The mission of LeadingAge Georgia is to represent and
promote the common interests of its members through leadership,
advocacy, education and other services in order to enhance each
member's ability to serve older Georgians.
From the Staff and Boards of LeadingAge Georgia,
Georgia Institute on Aging and Center for Positive Aging
Conversations with Ginny
"You can do anything as long as you have the passion, the drive, the focus, and the support."
Here it is the holiday season and we have so much to celebrate! I don't know if you attended the Profiles of Positive Aging, but if you didn't, you missed an incredibly inspiring afternoon. We honored twenty older adults that our members felt epitomized lives well led and individuals who continue to live inspiring lives as they age. Everyone who read the write-ups about the honorees recognized that these individuals lived lives with passion, drive and focus and they made huge differences in the lives of others. Their histories were remarkable including that of Beverly Watkins, our icon who was a trailblazer in the blues world playing with the greats like James Brown and Ray Charles. Beverly was unable to attend due to a medical condition and is reportedly on the mend. Since Beverly was unable to attend, we changed up the program and asked each honoree to share their insights on how to age successfully. Even though it was impromptu, each honoree rose to the occasion and enthusiastically shared their insights on living well as an older adult. Each emphasized the importance of continuing to pursue one's passion and most said it was important to serve others. With the change-up in the program we heard insights that we haven't quite heard before at a Profiles event -- that it is our member communities who provide the support for individuals to continue to nurture their passions. It's pretty remarkable that a woman whose passion is flower gardening can still plant sunflowers that grow six feet tall at St. George Village where she lives. One honoree said that are over five hundred individuals at Lenbrook that he knows he can engage with at any time for any of his many interests. So our Profiles of Positive Aging celebration was a tribute to twenty older adults whose lives deserved to be recognized but it also was a tribute to our member communities!
Our Annual Business Meeting and Awards Luncheon was an exceptional celebration. Canterbury Court Life Plan Community was beautifully decorated for the holidays and the setting along with the warm and welcoming staff made for a magical day. The breakfast and lunch that Morrison's Community Living created for us was so delightful that our members will talk about it for a long time! I am very grateful that Katie Smith Sloan, our president spent the day with us and shared her thoughts on how we can work together to improve the lives of older adults. Katie charged us with getting governments and insurance providers to pay the true costs of services. She also told us that we need to amplify our messages to Congress and we need to strive to tell our story so we can make a true impact on behalf of older adults. We are taking her messages to heart and will work together to heed her calls to action!
Our Awards Luncheon was a true celebration of individuals who've given much of themselves on behalf of others. We honored Ellen Miller-Mapp who helped launch and nourish a resident driven advocacy group at Briarcliff Oaks and Clairmont Oaks. We honored the A.G. Rhodes of Cobb team who invested tremendous time and talent into implementing the Eden program and creating a caring community, Ruth Keeler, a volunteer with Decatur Christian Towers who "brings a fresh breeze to staff with her amazing attitude," Lisa Kiley who inspires individuals to have a purposeful experience, Tameka Jackson of Carlyle Place "who brings life and love to the nursing profession", Susan Hughey of Decatur Christian Towers who cared so much for a resident that she helped her move back after an out of state relocation didn't work out and Tia Copeland of Asbury Harris Epworth Towers "whom residents love, trust and depend on for the resolution of her issues and concerns."
We honored Scott Bassett with the Alison Cuba Champion Award for his incredible contributions of time and talent as a volunteer for LeadingAge Georgia.
Our Annual Business Meeting and Awards Luncheon was particularly special because of all of the members who were a part of the event. Mark Lowell our LeadingAge Georgia board chair hosted the annual business meeting and truly set a tone of celebrating the great work of LeadingAge Georgia members. Our LeadingAge Georgia treasurer Arthur Levin who's been a huge help in this transition year presented the financials and the budgets for LeadingAge Georgia and Georgia Institute on Aging for 2019. Arthur reminded everyone that the new national dues structure is being implemented to make dues equitable and that while it will be budget neutral for national, some of our members will have an increase in dues. He also reminded everyone that if anyone has a concern about their increase they are welcome to contact me.
Ellen Dunn of Campbell-Stone Buckhead hosted the Awards Luncheon and brought warmth and sparkle as she engaged us all in the celebration of members and a volunteer who truly deserve to be honored for improving lives of older adults.
A sincere thank you to Mark, Ellen, Connie White and to all members who made the day such a wonderful celebration.
Many of you know that Jacque Thornton will be leaving to embark on a great career opportunity with National Church Residences. We invite you to join us for a celebration of Jacque's contributions to LeadingAge Georgia on January 3rd from 11:30 am until 1:30 pm at King's Bridge Retirement Community. Reservations are needed by December 27 and we welcome you to send a note which we will give to Jacque in a keepsake.
If your year-end budget allows, consider a gift to continue the great work of LeadingAge Georgia and Georgia Institute on Aging. If you are interested in paying your dues before the year-end, contact us and we can assist you. You can also consider using year-end surplus to support Profiles of Positive Aging or the Annual Golf Tournament in Honor of Harry G. Haisten. Dues invoices will go out soon so please be on the look-out for it. Finally, since you all know who cares about the mission of LeadingAge Georgia and who might want to support our important initiatives, take a look at the end-of-year letter for giving and forward it to those you know care about LeadingAge Georgia and Georgia Institute on Aging.
As you prepare for the holidays, know that we recognize the joy you bring to older adults year-round. We are celebrating you! We hope your holidays are filled with joy and laughter.
Congratulations 2018 Award Honorees
LeadingAge Georgia Award of Honor
Ellen Miller-Mapp; Clairmont Oaks
The Award of Honor, the Association's highest award, is presented to a distinguished individual who has provided outstanding leadership to the Georgia Association and whose exemplary service and commitment to quality have advanced both the association and the aging-services field.
Innovation in Care and Services Award
A. G. Rhodes Health & Rehab Cobb
This award recognizes a LeadingAge Georgia member organization for programs and/or services that are models of innovation and excellence and that contribute significantly to the quality of life of the individuals served.
LeadingAge Georgia Volunteer of the Year Award
Ruth Keeler; Decatur Christian Towers
This award is presented to a resident or non-resident, group, or individual, volunteer of an LeadingAge Georgia member organization that has performed significant volunteer service to clients/residents, and has demonstrated unusual commitment to preserve the dignity and well-being of the residents/clients.
LeadingAge Georgia Distinguished Service Awards
Tameka Jackson; Carlyle Place
This award recognizes the achievements of members, Trustees of governing member boards, non-members, or institutions in making outstanding contributions toward the welfare of older persons in areas such as research, education, communication, public policy, or excellence in leadership or governance accountability for member organizations
Caring Heart Awards
Tia Copeland; Asbury Harris Epworth Towers
Sue Hughey; Decatur Christian Towers
This award recognizes the achievements of front-line staff and direct care employees, whose caring spirit have made significant impact upon the lives of older adults, while working for an LeadingAge Georgia member organization.
Allison Cuba Champion Award
Scott Bassett, Philip's Tower
This award recommended by Association staff, recognizes an association member who has provided exceptional service by working directly with the Association in a way that ultimately benefits the good of all members.
LeadingAge Georgia Spotlights Twenty Inspiring Older Adults On November 18, LeadingAge Georgia honored 79-year old Beverly "Guitar" Watkins with LeadingAge Georgia's Positive Aging Icon Award at its annual event at the Atlanta History Center. In addition, 19 other Georgia older adults were recognized for their positive outlook on aging and for making a difference in the community and the world at large.
Ms. Watkins is the seventh recipient of LeadingAge Georgia's Positive Aging Icon Award. Past recipients include: former Atlanta Mayor Sam Massell, former Atlanta news anchor Monica Kauffman Pearson, Atlanta Braves President John Schuerholz, Bishop Dr. Barbara L. King, Ambassador Andrew Young and 1968 US Olympian Dr. Mel Pender.
More than 240 guests attended the event that also raised approximately $34,000 to provide year-round educational opportunities through the Georgia Institute on Aging for paraprofessionals, professionals, care partners and family caregivers who support older adults. LeadingAge Georgia members, corporate and community sponsors, Ginny Helms, President/CEO and Jacquelyn Thornton, Senior Vice President of LeadingAge Georgia, celebrated all twenty honorees by noting: "We are inspired by their example of positive aging. Age doesn't have to slow you down or keep you from doing what you love. At any time in our life, you can give back and provide joy to others."
Several of the Profiles of Positive Aging honorees commented on how much the LeadingAge Georgia member communities where they live support them in pursuing their passions. A Profiles of Positive Aging winner awardee who moved to Georgia to be near family partnered with the staff of the life plan community to bring Life Long Learning to his new home. The Profiles of Positive Aging award winners brought awareness to the value of living in mission-based communities that focus on well-being and foster passions. "Our organization strives to dispel the negative stereotypes of aging and promote a culture of positivity and inclusion," said senior vice president, Jacque Thornton."
Together with Ms. Watkins, the following inspiring older adults were honored:
- Raymond Pattillo, Sr. Asbury Harris Epworth Towers
- Lynda Washington, Decatur Christian Towers
- Rosa Smith, JenCare Neighborhood Medical Centers
- Jerry Waugh, Baptist Towers
- Frances Thrasher, A. G. Rhodes Health & Rehab
- Marion White, Lutheran Towers
- Victorine Solomon, Providence Manor Senior Center
- Marguerite Wilkins, Alice Williams Towers
- Dorothy Heuslein, St. George Village
- Mary Baker Anderson-Hill, Presbyterian Village
- Frances Goodson, Wesley Woods of Newnan
- Bradley Currey, Jr., Canterbury Court
- Sondra Rhoades Johnson, AARP GA
- Creed W. Pannell, Jr., LeadingAge Georgia
- The Rev. Joyce Myers-Brown, Wesley Woods Towers
- Michael Halpern, Lenbrook
- Lou Geerlings (posthumously), Carlyle Place
- Ruby Newsome, Altrus, Inc.
- Athleen Yauger, Cathedral Towers
Special thanks to the Profiles of Positive Aging Image Awards Gala Committee Members and generous sponsors who made this event possible.
Presbyterian Homes of Georgia
St. George Village
Wesley Woods Senior Living
National Church Residences
2018 Profiles of Positive Aging Gala Committee
Scott Bassett, Philip's Tower
Samantha Eaves, Wesley Woods Senion Living
Antoinette Sturm, Saint Anne's Terrace
Tom Bowden, BB&T Capital Markets
Pat Coppin, Alice Williams Towers
Alexandria Giles, Lutheran Towers
Ginny Helms, LeadingAge Georgia
Kyle Huhtanen, Decatur Christian Towers
Lisa Kiely, Monarch Consulting
Sojourner Marable-Grimmett, National Church Residences
Debi McNeil, Wesley Woods Senior Living
Tonya Miller, Gardens of Fayetteville
Ellen Miller-Mapp, Clairmont Oaks
Wayne Quigley, Quigley Contract
Laura Rice, Briarcliff Oaks
Carolyn Roper, Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church
Emily Taylor, Color Burst
Juanita Thomas, Spring Harbor
Jacque Thornton, Georgia Institute on Aging
David Warren, The Hellenic Tower
Connie White, Atlanta Regional Commission
Karon Winston, Lutheran Towers
2019 Leadership Academy Registration Now Open
The LeadingAge Georgia Walter O. Coffey Leadership Academy offers members a challenging and engaging year-long learning experience, designed to help aging services professionals at any level in their organization accelerate their leadership development so they are better equipped to serve our field.
The vision of LeadingAge Georgia is to create a generation of authentic, open-minded and transformational leaders who will collaboratively and innovatively create the future of aging services in America.
The 2019 class begins in February. This class is limited to 24 participants.
Click HERE for application
Year-End Giving Season's Greetings!
At the LeadingAge Georgia Profiles of Positive Aging celebration at the Atlanta History Center in early November, twenty older adults shared their wisdom for successful aging. Each told us to pursue our passions and to put our compassion in action by serving others.
These twenty-older adults were trail blazers during their careers, master gardeners, philanthropists, movers and shakers in county and state governments, teachers who instilled a love of learning in students and individuals who served others throughout their lives. Now, in their later years, these older adults are still pursuing their passions and they spoke joyously about their full lives in LeadingAge Communities. One man said that in the community where he lives he knows that at any time there are over five-hundred individuals with whom he can engage in any number of his interests.
The truth is that the quality of life that honorees at Profiles of Positive Aging spoke about doesn't come by accident. It comes because our LeadingAge member communities are mission-driven and led by stellar teams who are committed to the well-being of each individual they serve. LeadingAge members invest in staff, in wellness programs, in resident-driven activities, a host of initiatives all focused on well-being and they give their residents a sense of community.
At LeadingAge Georgia, the membership association for mission-based organizations serving older adults and the Georgia Institute on Aging, our educational arm, we are laser focused on fortifying our members and enhancing the well-being of older adults. We have 160 provider members, all of whom are mission based and sixty-five percent are not-for-profit. Together they serve over 127,000 older adults.
Please consider making an end-of-the-year contribution to support our efforts to fortify our members and ensure well-being of older adults. Here are some of the initiatives we are working on that your funding will support:
- Providing leadership training so we can enhance the skills of supervisors because we know that good leaders make for happier staff and lower turn-over.
- Providing person-centered training because we know that it fosters better relationships between older adults and care partners resulting in better well-being for both the older adult and the care partners.
- Providing training through seminars, workshops and a conference because we know that having staff competent in areas such as wellness, person-centered activities, memory care, palliative care and end of life care are important for ensuring well-being.
- Advocating to have adequate payment from Medicaid and Medicare for important services like adult day health, in-home care, memory care in nursing homes and hospice care because the truth is that if providers are not adequately paid, they struggle to stay in business and these services are needed.
- Advocating to fortify nursing homes by promoting a quality improvement approach to ensuring quality care rather than a punitive approach because we know that homes across the state are screening out people whose behaviors might lead to civil monetary penalties from CMS.
- Working to bring mental health coaches to HUD homes to help with residents who need to be fortified in order to live in affordable housing.
Please consider a year-end contribution to either LeadingAge Georgia which is a 501 (c) though which we advocate to fortify our members or the Georgia Institute on Aging which is a 501 (c) (3) through which we provide education for our members focused on well-being and person-centered care. Contributions made to the Georgia Institute on Aging are tax deductible. You can either send in a check to Georgia Institute on Aging, 1440 Dutch Valley Place, Suite 120, Atlanta GA 30324 or click HERE to make a dontation via credit card.
Abe Lincoln said "And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." Help us fortify LeadingAge Georgia members who work tirelessly to ensure that life is worth living for older adults.
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Value First, an affiliate of Vizient/Provista, is a group purchasing organization owned by LeadingAge national and twenty-five state associations, including LeadingAge Georgia. Value First is designed to leverage the buying power of thousands of senior service providers across the country to get the best pricing on a comprehensive array of products and services. This is your GPO
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