Mailing Address:

Senior Citizen Council of Cobb
1750 Powder Springs Road
Suite 190, Mailbox 107
Marietta, GA  30064

Click here for the November Council Bulletin
 
To join the Senior Citizen Council of Cobb click on the membership Tab above.
 
Your Senior Citizen Council is a member of the Georgia Council on Aging who advocate on behalf of aging Georgians and their families to improve their quality of life.
 
The Council is also a member of the Cobb Collabortive, uniting non-profits for success.
 
 
The Senior Council is now also a member of the Cobb Chamber of Commerce
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Your vacation can support the Senior Citizen Council? Book a Viking cruise and $100 for every vacation booked will be donated to help support our efforts of the Senior Council. In order to get this donation to us, you'll need to contact Carol Shaddix at 770-421-9627, or email carol@imaginegoingthere.com

 

Even if you've already booked your Viking cruise it may not be too late! If you've called Viking directly in the last 60 days, you can still provide much-needed support to the work we're doing, so contact Carol today.

 
 
 
 


 

 
Founded in 1973 The Senior Citizen Council of Cobb is an independently chartered all volunteer IRS 501 (c)(3) charitable organization that has helped Cobb seniors for 45 years.  
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"Keeping Cobb Seniors Connected"
 
Help support the Senior Council, see below for details.
 
 
 
LATEST NEWS:
 The Senior Citizen Council of Cobb urges Cobb County Commissioners to reconsider and eliminate the Senior Center Fees:
 
 
June Van Brackle, president of the Senior Citizen Council of Cobb County, spoke at the November 27 Cobb County Commissioners’ meeting of her concern over the continuing decrease in participation at the five Senior Services Centers. In 2018, an annual membership fee was assessed of $60 for each individual senior to engage in center activities. Before the fee, approximately 6,500 seniors participated yearly. Now it is believed that less than 3,000 seniors are utilizing the centers. This fee was levied without discussion or consultation from the seniors who were attending the centers.
 
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CO-AGE Budget & Legislative Issues for 2019 State of Georgia session:
 
Every year our partner the Georgia Council on Aging works with groups across Georgia like your Senior Council to priortize important legislative issues for the next Georgia legislative session.  Here is the list for 2019.
  • (Budget) Home and Community Based Services provide support for older Georgians to remain at home as long as possible by providing home modifications, personal assistance, meals, transportation,and other services. These services cost far less than staying at a nursing home and can help seniors stay independent longer.
  • (Budget) Aging and Disability Resource Centers provide information and referrals to individuals and family members who are aging or living with a disability about long-term supports and services. This funding will help ADRCs meet the growing need and continue to provide “no wrong door” services to Georgians seeking help.
  • (Legislative) There is a lack of affordable housing for persons needing help with activities of daily living, such as meals, meds, dressing, bathing. Medicaid Funded Assisted Living would provide Medicaid funding to pay for Assisted Living facilities.
  • (Legislative) Personal Care Home providers do not always comply with licensure and code enforcement. Personal Care Home requirements would increase penalties for those homes not complying with existing regulations.
  • (NEW LEGISLATIVE) Medicaid Coverage for More Georgia Seniors would direct the Department of Community Health to develop an 1115 waiver that would increase the income eligibility limits for seniors on Medicaid.
It is never too early to contact your legislative representatives to make your voice heard.  Click here for more information.
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Need someone else to call Medicare for you?

Would you like for a family member or caregiver to call Medicare on your behalf?

Medicare can't give personal health information about you to anyone unless you give permission in writing first. To do this, fill out form CMS-10106:Authorization to Disclose Personal Health Information.

You can fill out and submit the form online simply by logging into your MyMedicare.gov account and following these steps:

  1. Navigate to the “My Account” tab.
  2. Click “Authorized Representative.”
  3. Click “Medicare Authorization to Disclose Personal Health Information form.”
  4. Enter the requested information and click the “Continue” button.
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 South Cobb’s top public safety officers honored
 
Several of Cobb County’s bravest and finest were honored for their contributions to public safety last week by the Cobb Chamber’s South Cobb Area Council.  Representatives fromCobb County Fire, Cobb County Police, Powder Springs Police, Cobb County Sheriff’s Office and paramedics received the South Cobb Public Safety Award of Merit for going beyond the call of duty.
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2020 Census jobs available; apply now

Earn extra income while helping your community. Online applications are being accepted for a variety of 2020 Census jobs, including census takers, recruiting assistants, office staff and supervisory staff. These temporary positions offer excellent pay, flexible hours and paid training. To be eligible, you must be at least 18 years old, have a valid Social Security Number and be a U.S. citizen. Candidates must complete an online job application. For more information or to complete an application, visit 2020census.gov/jobs

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 General Statistics for Seniors:

Approximately 47 million seniors live in the United States. This is based on a 2017 census.gov estimate that about 325,600,000 people reside in the US and a 2014 estimate that about 14.5% of Americans are age 65 and older.
The senior population will soon double. The Population Reference Bureau projects that in 2060 nearly 100 million Americans will be 65 or older. This reflects the senior population more than doubling over 40 years. According to the CDC the rapid expansion is explained by the size of the baby boom generation and the baby boomers’ long life spans.

 Fun Statistics About Seniors
 
It’s true about Florida. Older Americans do prefer Florida over other states for retirement. Three good reasons are warm weather, no income tax, and the fact that friends have chosen Florida too.
 
In 2014 Florida had the highest percentage of senior residents at about 19 percent according to census.gov. The state with the lowest percentage of residents 65 and older is Alaska, which has about 9.5 percent seniors.
 
North Dakota has the highest percentage of residents over age 100. That’s according to 2010 census data, which says there were just over three centenarians per 10,000 people.
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Help fund the Senior Council activities:
 
These days most people buy products on line and the top place for purchasing products is Amazon.com. The Senior Council now participates in a program called AmazonSmile. Under this program Amazon will donate 0.5% of purchases to support the Senior Council activities and you do not pay any more for the product. The only difference is that you go to this link:
 
 
You log in with your personal Amazon password.  The first time you go to this link it will ask you what charity you would like to support. Search for "Senior Citizens Council of Cobb" and then make your purchases as usual and the Council gets a donation. Please pass this link on to friends and family.
 
Personal Donations to the Senior Council
As you know the Senior Council’s goal is to continuously communicate and inform Cobb seniors regarding important issues including those from all level of government, available programs and helpful ideas that can make life better for all Cobb seniors.

We do, however, have expenses that are not totally covered by dues so if you have the ability please send a tax deductible donation to the Council address at the top right of this page.

OR click on the DONATE NOW tab at the top of the page.

 
Volunteers needed
The Senior Citizen Council of Cobb is looking for Volunteers to help improve the quality of life for seniors in Cobb County.  WE CURRENTLY NEED A BOARD SECRETARY!
 
We can use a variety of talents and skills as well as volunteers to help Cobb Seniors.

We need people who...

  • Possess writing and editing skills
  • People who are former event planning professionals.
  • People who were employees of any Cobb County government.
  • People who have been election day volunteers.
  • People who have background in transportation.
  • People who enjoy doing work of substance.
  • People who just like to help out where they can.
  • People who are politically astute and can monitor legislation that will impact older adults of all incomes.
Feel free to call our number (423) 815-1790 or click here to Send an Email to Senior Council (info@seniorcitizencouncilofcobb.org). 
Thank you for your consideration.

See the Photo Gallery tab above for photos from the National Senior Citizens Day.

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To contact the Senior Council of Cobb please go to the "Contact us" tab above. 
 

Board of Directors:

Board Members:
President:      June Van Brackle
Vice President Internal: Jane Galvin-Lewis
Vice President External and Partnership Development: Vacant
Vice President Governance: John Delves
Secretary:       Vacant
Treasurer:       Jim D'Emilio
Delegate at Large, Events: Margaret Edinburg
Delegate at Large, Political Advocancy: Deborah O'Neil
Delegate at Large, Government:  Shirley Hamilton
Past President:   Frank O'Brian
 
Senior Center Delegates:
North Cobb:        Ann Moore
East Cobb:          Gwen Thomas
West Cobb:         Eloise Evans
C Freeman Poole: Eddie Tindle
Wellness Center:   Valencia Christian
Neighborhood Center:   Vacant
 
Communications:    Linda Harris
Marketing:         Valencia Christian
Veterans:           Vacant
Marketing:      Vera Kiser
Research:      Shelly Drewry Scholarships:    Dee Romney

To contact the Senior Council:
Phone:   (423) 815-1790
Or use the "Contact Us" tab above.
 
The Senior Citizen Council is associated with: 
Atlanta Regional Commission
Georgia Gerontology Society
Coalition of Advocates for Georgia Elderly
ARC Advisory Committee on Aging
Enrichment of Life Movement
Senior to Senior Advocacy Team
 
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Senior Citizen Council of Cobb County is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt charitable organization.