We at AARP Georgia understand that many of you have questions about the new voting law that was signed by the governor. 

During the legislative session that just ended, our advocacy team met with state legislators to discuss the impact of the proposed changes on older voters. We believe these discussions were instrumental in eliminating the ban on no-excuse absentee ballots in the legislation.

In the coming weeks, AARP Georgia will launch a voter education campaign. These efforts will help make sure that the 50-plus are aware of how and when they can cast their votes in the upcoming elections.  

Many Americans, regardless of their age, continue to lose hundreds of thousands of dollars to scammers. 

To help you protect yourself and your family, we are hosting two fraud workshops on April 27. At 10 a.m., we’ll be joined by professionals from Hurley Elder Care Law who will provide advice for avoiding being scammed if you’re looking for long-term care for a loved one. 

At 11 a.m., join us to learn more about how to Stop, Think, and Verify before giving out your personal information.

On a lighter note, we are excited to announce “The Return of Mama’s Girls featuring Ann Nesby” on May 7-8 at 7 p.m.  

By playwright Garrett Davis, “Mama’s Girls” tells the story of five sisters, living in different cities who are trying to determine the best way to care for their mother during a pandemic. 

Please join us for these virtual performances by registering at https://aarp.cvent.com/MamasGirls2021. This event is a timely story given that many of us have begun or are well into our caregiving journey.

Starting Wednesday, May 12, we begin a gardening series with the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension. 

You’ll have an opportunity to learn the ins and outs of container gardening—and who doesn’t want to have fresh veggies growing right outside your door? Also, on May 12 at 3 p.m., we’re hosting a Vaccine Teletown Hall with Dr. Patrice Walker and Dr. Katherine Evans. 

Please stay tuned to www.aarp.org/ga for updates or www.aarp.org/gavaccine

We hope you’ll join us for these and other free virtual events and learn more about the caregiving resources we have available. 

While we continue to operate in this environment, our goal is to help make sure you stay connected. For more information about these resources, please visit www.aarp.org/ga.

Take care and be safe.

Debra Tyler-Horton, AARP Georgia State Director (Photo Credit: Courtesy of AARP Georgia)

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