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Need to Know

Medicare Open Enrollment

The Medicare Rights Center reminds folks over 65 that from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7 each year, you can make changes to your health insurance coverage, including adding, dropping, or changing your Medicare coverage. Even if you’re happy with your coverage, it pays to review and compare. Research shows that people with Medicare prescription drug coverage could lower their costs by shopping among plans each year.You can make as many changes as you need to your Medicare coverage during Fall Open Enrollment. If you need help or have a question, call GeorgiaCares counselors at the Athens Community Council on Aging at 706-549-4850.

Money Follows the Person (MFP) increased

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced the availability of up to $165 million in supplemental funding to states currently operating MFP demonstration programs. Georgia is one of those states. MFP programs allow certain Medicaid users, including older adults, to more seamlessly transition from a nursing home or institution back into the home, if they wish. CMS hopes the funding will “jump-start” a nationwide migration away from nursing homes and long-term care facilities toward home-based care.

CO-AGE issue work groups

Georgia State CapitolCO-AGE, the advocacy arm of the Georgia Council on Aging, has formed work groups to develop strategies for the 2021 legislative session. Members voted last May on the following: Coroner notification, Behavioral health and housing, Disaster planning and Telehealth for dentistry, in addition to the annual request for funding for Home and community-based services.

Good to Know

Athens Eats Together

The Athens Community Council on Aging (ACCA) has a new initiative to provide food relief for eligible Clarke County residents during the Covid-19 public health emergency. Working with the Food Bank, Epting Events, the Farmers Market and Family Connection, they need volunteers to deliver meals around the county. It requires just 1-1 ½ hours a week and with their no-contact delivery process, everyone stays safe. For more information, contact Ellen Everitt at 706-549-4850 or email

Dementia Friendly Communities

The Georgia Gerontology Society is sponsoring a webinar on Oct. 28 titled: “What is a Dementia Friendly Community?” You’ll learn how DFA communities work across sectors to ensure they are friendly places for people with dementia and their caregivers to live. Learn more and register at

Human Values in Aging

This is a thoughtful and inspiring electronic newsletter from the Creative Longevity and Wisdom Program of Fielding Graduate University. It’s edited by Rick Moody and contains items of interest about humanistic gerontology such as reprints of poems, new books of interest, and event recommendations. To subscribe, email

Fun to Know

Broadway is back in Athens

2021 Broadway Classic CenterClassic Entertainment has announced their 2021 series beginning with The Simon & Garfunkel Story on Feb. 4; An Officer and a Gentleman on April 29, and Hairspray on June 21. Season tickets are now on sale and include a 10 percent discount, first right of refusal for your seats the next season, pre-sale access to other shows, parking, and educational talks before each show. Visit or for details.

UGA Presents’ Live Georgia Series

The UGA Performing Arts Center continues its series of streamed performances on Oct. 21 at 3 p.m. with The Rivalry, performed by L.A. Theatre Works. It’s the audio theatre dramatization of the Lincoln-Douglas debates, starring Paul Giamatti and David Strathairn. Available through Dec. 15. The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center will spotlight clarinetist David Shifrin on Oct. 28 at 3 p.m. Available through Nov. 2.

In-person Fall Exhibition

imagination squaredThe Lyndon House is now open to the public for its Fall exhibitions, which include a photography exhibit by Andrew Zawacki; Imagination Squared: Pathways to Resilience (800 five-inch square works created by students and community members under the guidance of Christina Foard); and The Art of Jeremy Ayers (photographs, painting and drawings by the late artist).

Visitors limited to 25 people per hour. Social distancing and face masks required. Register for timed entry tickets on Saturdays.

Related story: Advocating on behalf of nursing home residents


This article was written by the BoomAthens Staff.

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