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Be there for seniors! As of Feb 12, 2014, the rally at the Georgia State Capitol on Wednesday, Feb. 26 @ 11 a.m. is still scheduled to take place on Washington St.

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The Georgia based group EngAGE Senior Advocacy (ESA) invites you to the rally sponsored by: Be There 4 Seniors to come out and show legislators what a Silver Tsunami looks like. Sponsored by Be There 4 Seniors.

EngAGE Senior Advocacy's mission is to advocate for the elderly population caught in the middle of the financial spectrum. Their efforts involve going through community outreach, legislative lobbying and corporate programs.

ESA's main emphasis is placed on assisting the aging population with:

  • Sliding scale
  • Community Outreach
  • Legislative lobbying
  • Corporate Participation
  • Accessibility of services to those with limited income exceeding state and federal aid

"Why Engage?" Asks Founder and Executive Director Meral Clarke.

Clarke's experiences with her elderly mother-in-law and father, both of whom require extensive care, encouraged her to look for better solutions.

Much to Clarke's dismay she learned that no sliding scale for seniors who exceed the Medicaid waiver and replacement programs existed.

Clarke feels it is important to have a sliding scale of services for Georgia's aging population.

"Do it for your parents. Do it for your grandparents. Do it for YOURSELF. We're not asking for a handout. We're asking for help for generations of folks who have worked hard their entire lives, raised families, contributed to their communities, and desperately hoped for a brighter future." Clark said.

Clark encourages citizens to get involved.

According the U.S. Census Bureau, Georgia's population aged 60 and older is projected to increase to over 140 percent between the years 2000 and 2030. This creates a huge local impact just in the state of Georgia alone.

A study conducted by Rand Corp. shows topping out cancer and heart disease, Alzheimer's is the most expensive illness in the country; costs exceed over $200 billion each year.

In one way or another more of us will be privy to these challenges and this is why imperative for community members to out and support seniors.

For more information please visit ESA's website, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn pages.

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