MACON, Ga. – In 2012, Georgia’s Macon-Bibb County became the first community in the country to be designated as “Age-Friendly” by AARP and the World Health Organization. Ten years later, local officials and leaders from AARP Georgia are ready to celebrate.
The celebration takes place on Saturday, October 22 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Tattnall Square Park (1155 College Street). More importantly, what’s being celebrated is a decade of progress made by Macon-Bibb’s elected officials, staff and community activists. Improvements like outdoor recreation amenities, enhanced bicycle and pedestrian connections, expanded trails, and a new senior center have all made Macon-Bibb a place where residents, regardless of their age, can stay active and really feel a connection with their community.
Right now, one in three Americans is 50 years or older, making this the perfect time for communities to think about what it means to be age-friendly. Across the state of Georgia and across the country, more mayors and county executives are signing on to the movement. In fact, as of this fall, there are about 700 designated age-friendly communities across the United States of America and 100 in the state of Georgia. More information about AARP’s Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities is available at aarp.org/livable-communities.
To register for Macon-Bibb’s free age-friendly celebration on October 22, visit https://events.aarp.org/event/034db5d6-d698-4a98-85b8-4ec730787c5d/summary.
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