Heart of Georgia Altamaha Regional Commission becomes Georgia’s 4th age-friendly region

Written and sponsored by AARP

MT. VERNON, GEORGIA – The AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Localities welcomed the Heart of Georgia Altamaha Regional Commission (HOGARC) to the network during an in-person appointment ceremony and council meeting. The 17 districts represented by the commission, which serve more than 299,000 Georgians, are now designated as age-friendly districts. They join over 700 other communities across the country who have made pledges to prepare for an aging population.

Launched in 2012, the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities (NAFSC) is an organizational affiliate of the World Health Organization’s Global Network for Age-Friendly Cities and Communities, a program launched in 2006. Through the Age-Friendly Program, AARP helps participating communities become more livable and age-friendly by providing safer and more accessible streets, needed housing and transportation, better access to essential services, and opportunities for residents to participate in community activities.

“The Heart of Georgia Altamaha Region is honored to be part of the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities. This partnership will greatly enhance current efforts in the region to create a more livable and age-friendly environment for the region’s citizens,” said HOGARC Chairman James Thomas.

“We are thrilled that the Heart of Georgia Altamaha Regional Commission has joined the network,” said Debra Tyler-Horton, state director for AARP Georgia. “We commend the Commission for recognizing the value of an age-friendly community for people of all ages, and we look forward to continuing our work together to make the region a great place to grow and age.”

The NAFSC provides a structured process that guides change and serves as a catalyst to educate, encourage, promote and recognize improvements that benefit residents of all ages and life stages. Registering with the network provides member communities with the resources to become more age-friendly by leveraging national and global research, planning models and best practices.

Georgia is home to the nation’s first age-friendly community – Macon-Bibb County – which will celebrate its 10th NAFSC anniversary in 2022. In total there are currently 100 Georgian communities that are part of the NAFSC. Visit www.aarp.org/livable for more information.

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