Thanks Athens for the School Supplies

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren recently asked the community for help to get school supplies for about 70 of the grandchildren on the program.  You all did a great job.  We had many businesses, community members, ACCA staff and board members come by with loads of schools supplies from our wish list.

Big thanks to all who donated and to Athens Regional Medical Center, ITW Labels in Bogart and St. Mary’s Wellness Center for their business donations.

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In The Words of a Foster Grandparent

Gracie Cummings has been a Foster Grandparent with the Athens Community Council on Aging for nearly 16 years.  Below, we get her perspective as to why this is a meaningful program to her and her family.

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As a mother and grandmother I was always amazed by watching my children learn and grow using  the foundations that I worked so hard to build and instill;  I take great pride in seeing the young men they have and continue to become.  I instructed my children to show respect to others and earn others’ respect in return.  So as I look out over their lives today I know that I nurtured them with love and care and I am proud of the respectable men that have raised. 

The Athens Community Council on Aging (ACCA) has allowed me to continue to nurture young impressionable lives through the Foster Grandparent Program.  Every day I am privileged to share the same love and care that I gave to my own sons to children in the community who need a little extra attention.  My intentions for these children are the same as I had for my own children, to raise strong young men of character and prepare them for the world and the  future ahead of them.  I want to make the best of every day that I have with my foster grandchildren so that I can make sure they understand the importance of earning good grades in school, learning how to interact with others and to always help others when they can.

Thank you Gracie, you have continued to make a difference in the lives of many children in the Athens area.  If you are interested in becoming a Foster Grandparent with the Senior Corps program, please give David a call at 706-549-4850 or email him at


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State Rep. Allen Peake Discusses Medical Cannabis at ACCA

ACCA was excited to welcome State Representative Allen Peake today to speak to it’s Parkinson’s Support group.  Representative Peake (State Representative – District 137, Republican) was an advocate for the passing of the recent bill legalizing medical cannabis.  He discussed the  potential benefits for Parkinson’s disease with the group and answered questions from them.

Thank you for making the trip to Athens and for taking the time to speak to our group.  The Parkinson’s Support group at ACCA meets the 4th Monday of each month from 2-3:00 pm.  Rep. Peake recently announced his candidacy for the Lt. Governor in the upcoming election.

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School Supply Drive for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

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Do You Know A Caregiver That Should Be Recognized?

NEGA CARE-NET has recently announced it’s call for the Caregiver of the Year Award.  Nominations will be taken for the following awards of those demonstrating direct service care, compassion and resourcefulness in providing long term home or community based care. To be eligible for the award, a caregiver must be currently providing care, or must have provided care within the past year.  The Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving will provide reimbursement for mileage within the state of Georgia for one car, hotel accommodations for one room for one night, and 3 reservations to the Awards banquet for each State-wide winner.  (Mileage forms must be submitted within 30 days to receive reimbursement.)  Only one nomination for each category will be accepted per nominator.  Click the link below for the full nomination form, criteria, and guidelines.

NEGA CARE-NET Nomination & Criteria for Caregiver of the Year 2015

Nominations are being accepted for:
Family Caregiver Award
Para-Professional Caregiver Award
Volunteer Caregiver Award

Please click below for specific categories and details.

Please submit the completed nomination form, comments to statements, photo release and picture to:
Michele Kelley
305 Research Drive
Athens, Georgia  30605

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