An announcement from Cobb Senior Services promoting the sold-out Aging by Design Summit — set for Monday at the Galleria — states there are approximately 117,000 Cobb residents over 55 years old, which is 17.6 percent of the county.
In fifteen years, the age group is expected to be the fastest growing constituency in Cobb, the statement said. But while Cobb’s population might be aging, many are not elderly, especially people from the baby boomer generation.
“The baby boomer generation speaks up and says what they want,” said Director of Cobb County Senior Services Jessica Gill.
Cobb Senior Services have recently conducted seminars on topics such as housing, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and elder abuse. Gill said both the series and the Summit at the Galleria were Commission Chairman Tim Lee’s idea.
“The first thing that got this going was Tim Lee and the commissioners,” Gill said.
Gill said the goal was not just about raising awareness, but having people attending the events begin to participate in finding solutions, whether that means pushing for changes in businesses, seeking government support or helping nonprofit grassroots groups.
“Everyone has to have a stake in this,” Gill said.
Cobb County Senior Services operates three neighborhood centers, four multipurpose centers and the Senior Wellness Center to enhance the quality of life for senior citizens, ranging in age from 55 to 110 years old, Gill said.