Looking out for seniors: Top commissioner to lead workshop on aging issues
by Sally Litchfield
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Cobb County Board of Commissioners Chairman Tim Lee meets with Senior Services employees at the Senior Wellness Center on Monday. <br> Staff/C.B. Schmelter
Cobb County Board of Commissioners Chairman Tim Lee meets with Senior Services employees at the Senior Wellness Center on Monday.
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Lee meets with Senior Services employees.
Lee meets with Senior Services employees.
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On April 28, the community has a unique opportunity to learn about issues that impact older adults at the Aging by Design Summit. The daylong interactive event from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. is at Cobb Galleria, 2 Galleria Parkway SE, Atlanta.

Cobb County, not unlike other metro communities, is facing an enormous challenge and opportunity to address issues concerning older adults. According to Census Data and Atlanta Regional Commission compiled projections, seniors in Cobb County age 55 and older comprise about 117,000 individuals — 17.6 percent of our population. By 2030, Cobb’s older adult population is projected to increase by 85 percent, making this group the fastest growing constituency in the county.

“Not only will we have an influx of older adults needing to be supported in our community, we also have thousands of caregivers dealing with the impact of aging and they are unprepared. These issues affect housing, transportation and the services we offer as a local government to our citizens,” said Tim Lee, chairman of the Cobb County Board of Commissioners.

During the summit led by Lee, participants will hear about and discuss “Views About Aging” with Kathryn Lawler, manager of the Aging and Health Resources Division and director of the Area Agency on Aging for the Atlanta Regional Commission; “Housing and Transportation Options” with Scott Ball, civic planner who is actively engaged in the promotion of the independent living and health of aging citizens; “Elder Abuse” with Ricker Hamilton, deputy commissioner of Programs for the Maine Department of Health and Human Services; and “Dementia and Caregiving” with Carol Howell, certified dementia specialist and endorsed life coach who specializes in developing caregiving techniques for dementia patients.

A health and wellness panel of experts from WellStar Health System will also join the summit.

“It’s important that we tell our story,” Lee said. “People need options. They need to be able to be in control of how they choose to age. They need to know where to go for resources. They need to be supported by the local community. We need to be holistic in our approach. This is not just about viable health care or whether we have a sound economy. This is about fundamentally coming together with the business, non-profit, spiritual and grassroot communities to show people they are not alone in dealing with the issues related to aging.”

The registration deadline is April 21. The event is hosted by Cobb Senior Services with WellStar as its presenting sponsor. All sessions are free and open to the public.

To register, visit www.cobbseniors.org. For more information, contact Cobb Senior Services at (770) 528-5393 or email agingbydesign@cobbcounty.org.

Want to go?

WHAT: Aging by Design Summit

WHEN: April 28 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

WHERE: Cobb Galleria

COST: Free

INFO: To register, visit www.cobbseniors.org. For more information, contact Cobb Senior Services at (770) 528-5393 or email agingbydesign@cobbcounty.org.

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