Need to Know
Dementia Friends Georgia
In Georgia, 140,000 people are living with dementia and continue to be vital members of their communities, shopping, dining, working and thriving. They continue to interact with store owners, restaurant staff, first responders, banking employees and myriad other professionals each day. Dementia Friends Georgia is part of a global movement to change the way people think, act and talk about dementia. The goal of the program is to help everyone in a community understand five key messages about dementia, how it affects people and how each of us can make a difference for people living with dementia. To find out how to bring Dementia Friends to your community, contact Aline Stone. View their short video »
Medicare proposes changes to kidney care
Medicare recently announced a mandatory program intended to transform dialysis from centers to homes. It will cover about 30 percent of beneficiaries with advanced chronic kidney disease, close to 400,000 people. Starting Jan. 1, it will use payment bonuses for providers, and later, penalties, to try to increase the proportion of patients using home dialysis and receiving transplants. Thirty percent of practices and centers will be randomly assigned by zip code. Medicare will increase its monthly payments for each patient who receives home dialysis. Nursing home residents and those with dementia are excluded; otherwise, patients will make the choice.
Long-term care insurance decline rates increase
Many people mistakenly think they can obtain long-term care insurance at any age and regardless of existing health conditions. According to the American Association for Long-Term Care Insurance, the latest decline rates for individuals who applied is as high as 53 percent. And couples, who comprise the majority of LTC insurance applicants, is as high as 78 percent. These numbers reflect applicants that an insurance agent thought had a chance of being approved and had them complete a lengthy application.
Good to Know
From caregiving to caregiver
It’s a small change with big implications. The Rosalynn Carter Institute is replacing Caregiving in its name to the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregivers. “It’s time to change the conversation around caregiving and take a comprehensive public health approach to caregiver health and well-being,” says Dr. Jennifer Olsen, Executive Director of RCI. “Without robust strategies and systems to support America’s already vulnerable informal caregiver community, they remain at great risk, with long-term repercussions for our nation’s health, economy, and stability.” There are 53 million unpaid family caregivers across America.
Fun to Do!
Ping pong, checkers, or chess in the park
Want to get outside, social distance and socialize at the same time? Then check out Cobbham Triangle Park, which was completed in late 2019 at the intersection of Prince, Harris and Cobb. Devoted to promoting local artists, the park features permanent sculpture, mosaics, granite chess and ping pong tables, and bike racks. Future art will be selected for display for up to six months. Historic Cobbham Foundation and Piedmont College collaborated on the project. For more information, go to the Cobbham Triangle Facebook page.
New exhibit opening
Emma Amos: Color Odyssey opens at the Georgia Museum of Art on Jan. 30. It surveys the career of the Atlanta-born artist through 63 works. Amos is best known for her bold and colorful multi-media paintings that examine the intersection of race, class, gender, and privilege.
The Mountaintop: Free online performances
UGA Performing Arts Center presents The Mountaintop by Katori Hall and produced by L.A. Theatre Works, the national’s leading producer of audio theatre through Jan. 30. The two-person play imagines a conversation between a maid at The Lorraine Hotel and Martin Luther King, Jr., in the early hours of what will be his final day. Listen here »
Election 1980: The Elephant in the Room
The UGA Special Collections Library has a current exhibit about the historic “change election” of 1980 when Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan battled for the presidency and Herman Talmadge and Mack Mattingly vied for a U.S. Senate seat. That election 40 years ago sparked a resurgence of conservative power in Washington and set the stage for the rise of the Republican Party in Georgia. More info »
OCAF Artist of the Week
The Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation is launching a new program to showcase all artists at all skill levels in any medium throughout 2021. The selected artists will have their work on display in the OCAF gallery, website and social media platforms. All work is required to be gallery-ready and available for purchase. Details and submission form »