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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 15, 2017
City of Atlanta Celebrates ‘Older Atlantans Month’
City of Atlanta and AARP announce Age-Friendly Atlanta Action Plan to support sustainable growth and retention
ATLANTA– The City of Atlanta celebrated Older Atlantans Month today, hosting its eighth annual Senior Fair at Adamsville Recreation Center. Hundreds of senior citizens received free comprehensive eye exams and glasses, mammograms and other health and wellness services at the event, which was hosted by the Mayor’s Office of Constituent Services.
“The City of Atlanta is proud to celebrate Older Atlantans Month. When I first took office, I made a promise to support our senior residents and to ensure they received the resources needed to live a productive and social life,” said Mayor Kasim Reed. “For the past eight years, the City of Atlanta has offered senior programming to hundreds of residents including computer literacy courses, fitness classes such as swimming and tennis, and brought back the Forever Young Ball. Today’s event, and all the other occasions, would not be possible without our vital partners who also understand the importance of serving our senior residents who have made Atlanta the great city it is today.”
Partners for the Senior Fair include: Kaiser Permanente, the Chick-fil-A Foundation, AARP of Georgia, Fulton DeKalb Hospital Authority, Morehouse School of Medicine, The Healing Center, The Coca-Cola Company, MARTA, Centers for Disease Control, Sisters by Choice, Atlanta VA Medical Center, WNBA Atlanta Dream, the Social Security Administration and the Atlanta Regional Commission.
Atlanta has celebrated Older Atlantans Month since 1977. This year’s theme is “Age Out Loud,” which celebrates how seniors are taking command of their health, wellness, and civic engagement.
At the event, AARP of Georgia and the Atlanta Regional Commission Advisory Committee on Aging acknowledged the City of Atlanta’s commitment to being an Age-Friendly community and for its recent approval of a multi-year action plan to enhance accessibility, infrastructure and community supports. The City of Atlanta’s Age-Friendly Atlanta Action Plan explores programs and assesses development and infrastructure improvements which will promote a walkable, livable, multi-modal and green lifestyle for seniors. The City of Atlanta received the official Age-Friendly designation in 2016 by the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities, a program affiliated with the World Health Organization (WHO).
The AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities encourages states, cities, towns and counties to prepare for the rapid aging of the U.S. population by paying increased attention to the environmental, economic and social factors that influence the health and well-being of older adults. Age-friendly or livable communities have features such as walkable streets, housing and transportation options, access to key services and opportunities for residents to participate in community activities.
“Age-Friendly Atlanta joins Age-Friendly Macon-Bibb and Age-Friendly Augusta as the third Georgia community that has made a strong, public commitment to livability,” said AARP Georgia State Director Debra Tyler-Horton. “AARP is honored to stand alongside the City of Atlanta today and we look forward to continuing to support an actionable plan that will sustain Atlanta as a livable community for all ages.”
“The Mayor’s Office of Constituent Services is committed to offering services and resources to our Atlanta seniors that will enhance their quality of life and maintain their independence,” said Commissioner Andrea Boone, Office of Constituent Services. “This annual health fair is special to our office, and we are proud to work with partners to offer our senior residents health and wellness services free of charge.”
Since 2010, the Mayor’s Office of Constituent Services has partnered with social service agencies, faith-based organizations and the business community to deliver support services and educational programs that advocate for a higher quality of life for senior citizens in the City of Atlanta.
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