AARP Georgia Advocacy Day at the State Capitol


Four members of the Savannah Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. travelled to the State Capitol in Atlanta on January 30th to meet with their representatives to urge them to vote for the “Virtual Visitation” legislation. The advocacy day, arranged by AARP Georgia, consisted of AARP members from Georgia districts who met with their state representatives to discuss the merits of the proposed bill. If it passes, it will allow families to install cameras in the rooms of their loved ones who reside in nursing homes. The legislation that became HR49 on the morning of the trip, was introduced by State Representative Demetrius Douglas of Stockbridge District 78. The decision to have a camera installed in their loved one’s room would be at the family’s expense, and it will allow family members to monitor their loved ones when they are unable to be onsite at the nursing home. Sorors Jo Holliman, Patricia Patterson, Carolyn Smith-Fletcher and Linda Young spoke with State Representative Carl Gilliard about voting yes for the bill. After a short discussion of the merits of the bill, Representative Gilliard indicated that he would support it.

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