AGING: Everybody’s Doing It…

October 20th, 2013 | By Gary No Comments


By KaDee Holt,
director of marketing and communications for Athens Community Council on Aging

Each day, more than 10,000 ‘baby boomers’ reach the age of 65. That trend will continue every single day for about two decades from now. That’s a lot of people to consider.

“In Athens, retirement is just another excuse to continue the learning process. Retirees have been flocking here for a long time, drawn to a cost of living below the national average, low home prices, and a myriad of cultural offerings, thanks to UGA. The Athens Community Council on Aging (ACCA) expects its over-65 population to more than double by 2030,” stated the August 2011 issue of Fortune Magazine.

Baby boomers is a population eager to find a way to stay active because that is what keeps them young. Your ACCA realizes that the face of the older adult population is changing and the services needed have to change, too. ACCA isn’t out of options for today’s vibrant generation to stay active and involved, and is constantly developing trips, programs, and experiences to satisfy the changing demands of this area’s growing population.

If you, your parents, or grandparents are looking for ways to connect and network or to be more involved in your community, ACCA has something to keep you moving:

  • Fitness and wellness classes
  • Huge variety of volunteer opportunities
  • Weekly classes such as strength training, Zumba, yoga, and tai chi
  • Classes and informal meetings
  • Trips such as wine-tasting at Chateau Elan, cheering at an Atlanta Braves game, the annual Senior Leadership Academy

Active seniors seeking ways to stay on the move can also volunteer through ACCA with the Senior Corps program and Home Delivered Meals program, just to name a few. Elise North, program director for the Senior Corps office at ACCA, stated “Volunteering is one of the best things you can do for your overall well-being. Volunteering allows you to be more physically and intellectually active and connect in a meaningful way to your community.  It really is a trifecta of physical, mental, and social benefits for the volunteer while simultaneously creating a lasting impact on the community.”

With an approaching expansion to Winterville, ACCA is going to be able to offer classes and services through their Center for Active Living to a whole new population of the community. In fact, ACCA is already listening to the community and preparing programming to fit the needs of the Winterville community as well as those living on the eastern side of Athens-Clarke County and surrounding counties.

An ACCA volunteer recently said, “Getting involved and being around these caring people has helped me get back into life. What a great testimony for living well and aging well!

For more information, give ACCA a call at 706-549-4850, visit, or follow them at; to find out more about the Senior Leadership Academy, call Elise North at 706-549-4850.

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