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ELEVATE couple CAES News
ELEVATE relationship education
even after 14 years of marriage, there are always new opportunities to improve, according to Kiara and Rashad Baker. After a recommendation from a friend, the Bakers decided to attend the ELEVATE workshop in Clayton County to find new ways to communicate and connect.
Mike Martin, Ashfaq Sial and Ted Futris are among the newest cohort of the national LEAD21 leadership development program coordinated by UGA Extension. CAES News
LEAD 21
Three University of Georgia faculty were chosen to participate in the 19th class of the LEAD21 program, a leadership program aimed at developing leaders in land-grant institutions and their strategic partners who link research, academics and extension for leadership roles at colleges and universities across the nation.
More than 6.5 million Americans today are living with Alzheimer’s disease, and that number is expected to double in the next 30 years. With this in mind, the UGA College of Public Health has created the Cognitive Aging Research and Education Center to help assist any Georgia resident developing Alzheimer’s disease or dementia and provide them with the care and support they need. (Photo by Chancey Phillips) CAES News
UGA Extension Alzheimers Care
At the same time they were building clinical capacity, the University of Georgia's CARE team was developing a curriculum to educate communities and health care providers about Alzheimer’s and dementia prevention and the need for diagnosis. To help get that curriculum in front of rural communities and providers, they turned to experts at UGA Cooperative Extension.
The Georgia Capitol's Mental Health Day will include an update on rural mental health from UGA Extension Agent Jennifer Dunn. Mental health advocates will also have the opportunity to discuss their goals with Georgia lawmakers. CAES News
Mental Health Day
Mental Health Day at the Georgia State Capitol will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Jan. 31, to raise awareness of mental health issues and allow mental health advocates to share their insights with lawmakers. The event is an opportunity to increase awareness about mental health and health services, especially for those in rural areas, according to University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agent Jennifer Dunn.
To help create a less stressful holiday meal, University of Georgia Extension specialists offer these tips. Plan ahead. 
Don't go it alone. Resist the urge to buy new things or try new recipes. Set realistic expectations for family affairs. Consider a seating chart. Remember, the traditional turkey your family has always enjoyed will round out your holiday meal much better than a half-frozen, half-cooked, deep-fried turkey would. CAES News
Worry-free Holiday
Does the stress of preparing for the holidays hit you like a sledgehammer? Are you Googling new recipes the night before the feast to find the perfect sides? Does a relative want Grandma’s cornbread stuffing instead of the Stouffer’s you had planned to prepare? Let’s face it: The holidays may look picture-perfect on social media, but in reality, they may not be so full of harmony and smiles.
Launched last spring, the Elevate program is part of a five-year, $6.2 million grant the University of Georgia received from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in 2020. CAES News
Elevate
Launched last spring, the Elevate program is part of a five-year, $6.2 million grant the University of Georgia received from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in 2020. Using the UGA Extension network and community partners across the state, the project delivers no-cost, evidence-based couples and relationship education.
Ashley Maddox, left, is a Healthy Families Georgia home visitor in Columbus, an affiliate of Healthy Families America. Along with a Parents as Teachers program, the two evidence-based services are offered through UGA Extension in Muscogee County. CAES News
Home Visiting
At first, she was surprised by the parent's anger toward their children. “How am I going to be helpful here?” home visitor Ashley Maddox wondered. Unsure how to handle this situation, she talked with her program manager who helped her “adjust my lens to see things from a different perspective,” she says, and she kept trying. 
Members of the Elite Radon Team install a radon mitigation system at a house in Athens. CAES News
Test home for radon
The leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers is radon, a naturally occurring, odorless gas that is common to much of Georgia. Radon claims 21,000 lives annually, including around 800 in Georgia.
UGA students talk with Georgia residents via a virtual connection in the Charles Schwab Financial Planning Center on campus. CAES News
Free tax prep aids Georgians
University of Georgia students contributed to an estimated $4.4 million economic impact on the state from services provided through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program this year.