Longtime East Cobb resident, Joe Gavalis, was recognized as the 2021 Distinguished Older Georgian by the Georgia Council on Aging. The Council on Aging selected East Cobber Joe Gavalis, for his advocacy on state and national issues relevant to older adults, and his commitment to improving the lives of seniors.

Every year since 2003, the group has honored a Georgian, 70 or older, who has been a role model for positive aging through service to seniors and volunteer contributions. Past winners include former President Jimmy Carter. A resolution, passed by Georgia state legislators, commending Mr. Joseph Gavalis as the Distinguished Older Georgian for 2021, listed his efforts and accomplishments.

Here are some highlights:

  • In 2010, Joe Gavalis co-founded the Cobb Elder Abuse Task Force currently known as the North Georgia Elder Abuse Task Force Foundation.
  • Joe Gavalis works in collaboration with local law enforcement agencies, state representatives, the GBI, postal inspectors, financial institutions, adult protective services, and many others to ensure the protection of George’s older adults residing in long-term care facilities,
  • has been instrumental in fostering collaboration between law enforcement and the northwest Georgia area agency on aging to protect seniors living with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease who are at risk of wandering through his work with project lifesaver locator devices and canine scent preservation kits.
  • has conducted more than 30 training seminars for over 200 law enforcement officers and over 1,000 civilians concerning elder abuse issues in Georgia.

Congratulations to Joe Gavalis! You make East Cobb proud to have you as a neighbor!