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SCI thanks organizations that have supported us by hosting fundraisers. If your organization is interested in creating an event to benefit SCI, please call Anne Cordeiro, Director of Development, at (912) 236-0363.

June newsletter

Information & resources

FEATURED INFORMATION

EVACUATION PLANNING ADVICE & RESOURCES
A wide variety of emergencies may cause an evacuation. In some instances you may have a day or two to prepare, while other situations might call for immediate evacuation. The links below help ensure that you know when to evacuate and are able to do so quickly and safely.
Preparation tips and checklists
Functional, Access, and Medical Needs Registry

For residents who need transportation or medical assistance and have NO resources such as family members, neighbors, or friends to help them evacuate if a hurricane is threatening. 

Yellow Dot medical emergency information program
Chatham Emergency Management Agency
Local weather: WSAV-TV
Local weather: WTOC-TV
Local weather: WJCL-TV

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR SENIORS
Medicare

Learning about Medicare can be a daunting task. The links below can help you choose and enroll in the best Medicare plan for you.
Medicare 101
Elder care planning
Utility discounts

Senior scam prevention
Scammers often target older adults; unfortunately, more than 90% of all reported senior financial abuse is perpetrated by the victim’s own family members. The following resources can help you or a senior you suspect may be a victim of a scam.
Georgia Consumer Protection Guide for Older Adults
Common scams that target the elderly
Stopping robocalls and other unwanted telephone calls

Senior safety
According to the Center for Disease Control, one of every five falls causes a serious injury. Falls can severely impact a senior’s quality of life and possibly prevent them from living independently. The links below contain valuable information on preventing an injury at home.
Home modifications to prevent falls
Practical safety and organization strategies for seniors
Preventing falls for a person with dementia

End of life planning
One of the most difficult parts of having end-of-life conversations with loved ones is opening the dialogue. With planning, you can start the conversation so that it will be well received. Visit this link to learn more.
How to talk about end-of-life planning with your family

Senior health issues
As adults grow older, their risk for a number of chronic health problems begins to rise. The references below provide information on some of the most common health issues facing seniors.

Complications from medicines and medical devices
Dementia
Depression
Food safety
Incontinence
Malnutrition
Mesothelioma
Oral health
Senior’s Guide to Healthy Eating
Senior obesity
Sensory impairments
Sexually transmitted diseases among seniors
Sleep information for seniors
Substance abuse
Travel Health for Seniors

Retirement information


AGING SERVICES

AARP Savannah
(888) 687-2277

Alzheimer's Association
(912) 920-2231 | 24 hour helpline (800) 272-3900

Caregiver Action Network
(202) 454-3970

Coastal Area Agency on Aging
(912) 437-0800 | (800) 580-6860

Edel Caregiver Institute
(912) 355-2289

Georgia Council on Aging
(404) 657-5343

Georgia Division of Aging Services
(800) 436-7442

United Way of the Coastal Empire
211 | (912) 651-7700
 

PUBLIC BENEFITS
Benefits checkup

Food stamps (SNAP)

ELDER ABUSE
National Center on Elder Abuse
(855) 500-3537

National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse

National Council for Aging Care's guide on Elder Abuse

Georgia Abuse, Neglect, & Exploitation app

LEGAL ISSUES
Georgia Legal Services Program
(888) 408-1004

Georgia Legal Aid

 

LONG-TERM CARE
Georgia Composite Medical Board
(800) 436-7442

Georgia Long-Term Care Ombudsman
(866) 552-4464

Medicare Compare/Nursing Homes

The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care
(202) 332-2275

 

HOUSING
Housing Authority of Savannah
235-5800

Low-income housing
Savannah and nearby communities

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHATHAM COUNTY RESOURCES FOR SENIORS

Adult Protective Services
(800) 436-7442

Alzheimer's Association
(912) 920-2231 | 24 hour helpline (800) 272-3900

Better Business Bureau
(904) 721-2288

Caregiver support groups
Edel Caregiver Institute
6000 Business Center Drive

Call SCI at (912) 236-0363 or email jcostello@edelcaregiverinstitute.org for days and times

Wilmington Island United Methodist Church library
195 Wilmington Island Road
Every 2nd Monday at 10am

For information, contact SCI at (912) 236-0363 or Barbara Ashley at (912) 897-1688

Skidaway Island United Methodist Church
54 Diamond Causeway room 111
Every 1st Monday at 10:30am

For information, the Alzheimer’s Association at
(912) 920-2231

Coastal Area Agency on Aging
(912) 437-0800 | (800) 580-6860

Coastal Regional Coaches
(866) 543-6744

Department of Family and Children Services
(800) 436-7442

Economic Opportunity Authority
(912) 238-2960

Georgia Cares (Medicare counseling)
(866) 552-4464 x4

Georgia Crisis & Access Line (mental health)
(800) 715-4225

Georgia Legal Services Program
(888) 408-1004

Aging and Disability Resource Connection
Services for seniors with disabilities
(800) 436-7442

Medicaid eligibility for long term care in Georgia

National Alliance on Mental Illness Savannah
(912) 353-7143

Rape Crisis Center of the Coastal Empire
233-7273

S.A.F.E. Shelter Center for Domestic Violence
(912) 629-8888

Salvation Army
(912) 651-7420

Savannah Center for Blind and Low Vision
(912) 236-4473

Social Apostolate
(912) 233-1877

SOURCE
(866) 552-4464

United Way
211 or (912) 651-7700

Chatham Co. Victim-Witness Assistance Program
(912) 652-7308

LEGISLATORS FOR CHATHAM COUNTY

U.S. Congress
Rep. Buddy Carter  (202) 225-5831
432 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Sen. Johnny Isakson  (202) 224-3632
131 Russell Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Sen. David Perdue  (202) 224-3521
455 Russell Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Georgia 
Sen. Lester Jackson  (404) 463-5261
110-B Coverdell Legislative Office Building
Atlanta, GA 30334

Sen. Ben Watson  (404) 656-7880
320-B Coverdell Legislative Office Building
Atlanta, GA 30334

Rep. Craig Gordon  (404) 656-0287
607-H Coverdell Legislative Office Building
Atlanta, GA 30334

Rep. Jesse Petrea  (404) 657-1803
607-H Coverdell Legislative Office Building
Atlanta, GA 30334

Rep. Mickey Stephens  (404) 656-0265
604-A Coverdell Legislative Office Building
Atlanta, GA 30334

Rep. Ron Stephens  (404) 656-5115
226-A State Capitol
Atlanta, GA 30334