— Election Day is November 7th – Be sure to vote! You deserve to know where the Atlanta Mayoral candidates stand on issues that are important to our great city, like housing, transportation and economic development. AARP is committed to ensuring you get the information you need before heading to the polls on Election Day. The Georgia Voter Coalition will host a Mayoral Candidate Forum for the top candidates in the Atlanta mayoral race on Wednesday, October 11th.  The Coalition consists …

— By Ann Hardie Jim Abu-Staiti remembers when he was a child and people young and old romped and moseyed in Macon’s Tattnall Square Park. With major improvements in recent years, the 16-acre green space in this quaint city is once again the playground for Maconites of all ages. Where Abu-Staiti once hunted for Easter eggs and splashed in the park’s wading pool is now the place he shops for fresh vegetables at a farmers market on Wednesdays and takes yoga …

— Shredding activities offer residents an easy, free way to get rid of confidential materials. Experts recommend shredding old documents with personal info; unused checks, credit card receipts, unneeded medical bills, expired ID cards, and pre-approved credit card applications. AARP Georgia and Age-Friendly Macon-Bibb are sponsoring a free Shred Fest on Saturday, December 3, 2016, 10am – 2pm. Change of Address: Macon-Bibb County Senior Center 1283 Adams Street, Macon GA 31201 This event is part of the AARP Fraud Watch Network, which helps …

— Join us to learn more about AARP’s new Livability Index that evaluates cities and neighborhoods on seven factors that affect health, transportation, engagement, opportunity, environment, and housing. The forum will include a keynote address and two panel discussions highlighting complete streets and education equity in efforts to create livable communities. We will also have break out groups to generate solutions that may work in your community! Moderators include: Renee Ray, Atlanta Regional Commission and Taifa Smith Butler, Georgia Budget and Policy …

— Living safely involves more than keeping streets crime-free. It also means steering clear of scammers online. AARP Georgia will help on both fronts by hosting a National Night Out in Macon-Bibb on Tuesday, Aug. 2, with presentations across the city from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. AARP volunteers will join with police officers, firefighters and local officials to promote safe, livable neighborhoods and to inform people how to identify and avoid scams by using resources available through the AARP Fraud …

— AARP Georgia is pleased to announce the selection of Alice Bennett as an Associate State Director-Community Outreach, positioned to lead AARP Georgia’s Age-Friendly Augusta and Caregiving Education Campaign. Throughout her career, Bennett has shown a continuous commitment to developing strong ties within the community she serves with her extensive background in public policy and community organizing. Age-Friendly Augusta received their official designation by AARP and the World Health Organization in April and Bennett will be based in Augusta, providing full …

— Cities that aspire to be great places to live can take some tips from Macon-Bibb County, which in 2012 was the first place in Georgia to join the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities. The American Planning Association recently recognized the city and county for efforts to make the area more age-friendly. The community has improved Tattnall Square Park by installing new sidewalks for pedestrians and a new garden and footbridge for exercisers. AARP encourages communities to help people live easily …

— By AARPGA Macon-Bibb Volunteer, Jim Bass AARP Georgia Macon-Bibb volunteers received a warm welcome to participate in this year’s Martin Luther King Day Parade by Mayor Robert Reichert. The volunteers set up tables offering information about AARP and provided water to the marchers. Over 1,000 people participated in the march. The marchers gathered in front of the Government Building, marching from all the communities from the four corners of the city, north, south, east, and west Macon.  

— Age-Friendly Macon-Bibb, the founding member of the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities, was one of three AARP areas highlighted by the American Planning Association for enhanced work to make a community more livable for all ages. The article details the benefits of Livable Communities, such as Macon-Bibb’s example and how community members are using the results of the Livability Index to help residents age in place. https://www.planning.org/planning/open/2015/livabilityforall.htm Pictured: AARP Georgia Interim State President and Lead Age-Friendly Macon-Bibb Volunteer, Myrtle Habersham

— AARP knows that nearly 90% of people age 45 and older want to remain in their homes for as long as possible. Small changes in your home can make a big difference. They can enable you to thrive as your needs change and can make life easier for visitors to your home – from grandchildren to adult children and friends. This workshop will assist you in recognizing all the great ways your home can be designed and updated to support …