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Closed 1 week 39
From Benson Center
Closed week 39

Sorry for the inconvenience: we have to shut down for maintenance from September 24 to 28.
Activities and classes will resume on October 1st.

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4th Quarter 2018 Class Registration
From The Benson Center
Class Registration

4th Quarter 2018 Class Registration will start on Monday September 10, 2018.

Registration Dates: 
Monday September 10 - Friday September 21, 2018
Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm
Lunch Break: 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Registration Restart Time:  1:30pm - 3:30pm

Your membership application must be updated “annually,” please bring “current” proof of residency when updating.
To register for upcoming classes please bring your Benson identification card with you.

You can also view or download a pdf copy of our 4th Quarter 2018 Class Schedule here:
3rd Quarter 2018 Class Schedule
4th Quarter 2018 Class Schedule
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Important 2018 Georgia Medicaid Updates
Benson Center August 2018 Event Schedule
Sample Medicare Card


This month two important changes went into effect regarding Georgia Nursing Home Medicaid. The first affects Georgia Medicaid recipients "personal needs allowance". The second changes how the State of Georgia pursues "Estate Recovery" against deceased Georgia Medicaid recipients.

  1. Changes to the Personal Needs Allowance
    Each Georgia Nursing Home Medicaid recipient has a "patient liability" which is the amount that person owes their nursing home each month.
    This amount is calculated based on their monthly income.
    Certain deductions are allowed against their monthly income when calculating their patient liability.
    One such deduction is a "personal needs allowance" intended for the recipient's personal needs.
    For many years this amount was $50.
    On July 1st the State of Georgia increased the "personal needs allowance" to $65.
    This will cause the patient liability for each Nursing Home Medicaid recipient to decease by $15.
  2. Changes to Georgia Estate Recovery
    Prior Georgia Estate Recovery law exempted estates of deceased Medicaid recipients if the estate was valued at $25,000 or less from recovery.
    If the estate was valued at $25,001 then the Estate Recovery lien would apply to the entire $25,001.
    A new law that also went into effect on July 1st also exempts the first $25,000 of the estate from Estate Recovery.
    So, under the new law, if the estate is valued at $25,001, the Estate Recovery lien only applies to $1.

From: Brannon Napier Elder Law.

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3rd Quarter 2018 Class Registration
From The Benson Center
Class Registration

3rd Quarter 2018 Class Registration will start on Monday June 11, 2018.

Class Registration: “Current Participants" must register for all classes offered during the Summer/Fall 2018 Session on computers set up in the Benson Computer Lab. 

Registration Dates: 
Monday, June 11 - Friday June 22, 2018
Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm,
Lunch Break: 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Registration Restart Time:  1:30pm - 3:30pm

Representatives will be available to answer questions, and provide assistance.

Note: If you are unable to register during a specific registration period, remember - you have two weeks after the close of that registration period to come to the administrative office to request a class enrollment form.

You can also view or download a pdf copy of our 3rd Quarter 2018 Class Schedule here:
3rd Quarter 2018 Class Schedule
3rd Quarter 2018 Class Schedule

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Benson senior center gets new technology, Wi-Fi
Neighborhood Newspapers
Text is an integral copy taken from
Benson senior center gets new technology, Wi-Fi

Staff reports [Northside Neighbor - 05/16/2018, page B07]

Seniors who use the Dorothy C. Benson Senior Multipurpose Facility in Sandy Springs are enjoying the benefits of new laptops and installation of WiFi in the facility. The new technological access is part of a pilot project made possible by a donation from the Sandy Springs Society.

Every year, the Society offers annual grant opportunities to nonprofits that serve the Sandy Springs community, and it donated $5,000 to purchase 20 laptops to allow enhanced access to computer technology for seniors eager to take advantage of computer classes and independent use of computer technology. The Friends of Benson submitted the grant and matched the award with a $5000 donation toward the technology upgrades.

With additional devices, the facility offers:

  • Tech Savvy Instruction: using iPads and laptops, as well as instruction on smartphone use targeting iPhone users. Benson hopes to offer the following technology-related activities in the near future:
  • Tech Savvy Fitness: nutrition and fitness tracking and monitoring using Fitbits donated by the Friends of Benson.
  • Tech Savvy Arts & Culture: exploring web based online tutorials as a student or instructor. 

The previous setup allowed the use of only the computer lab in the Benson facility. Now seniors can teach themselves or enjoy use of the new technology anywhere inside and outside of the building.

The technology upgrades also supported an enhanced registration process that allowed the use of the laptops for registration at multiple locations throughout the facility. The electronic process permitted an average of 50 additional class registrations per day during the recent registration period. Benson members were able to come in and register independently or with assistance.

Participants who registered for the classes participated in a lottery to determine which classes they will receive. The lottery method is a process designed to ensure that all participants have an equitable chance to participate in a variety of classes throughout the year. Several years ago, Senior Services instituted the lottery method because of the increasing demand for classes as the senior population continues to grow.

Photo caption reads: From left, Lynn Smith, Shomay Chern, Miles Rothman and Lawrence Lingner check out the new computers at the Dorothy C. Benson Senior Multipurpose Facility.

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