Georgia is aging … fast. Estimates indicate that by 2030, one in five Georgia residents will be 65 years of age or older. By 2050, the number of Georgians older than 85 will triple from 2010.
To get ahead of these demographic shifts, some businesses and organizations are trying to anticipate the needs of Georgia’s population by developing “age-friendly communities.”
The Atlanta Regional Commission recently held a forum on building age-friendly communities in both the metro Atlanta area as well as across the state.
Director of the Atlanta Area Agency on Aging at the Atlanta Regional Commission Becky Kurtz and Executive Director of The MicroLife Institute Will Johnston joined On Second Thought to discuss the community-wide benefits as well as the challenges individuals face while trying to age in place.
Kurtz touched upon how discriminating against older adults is, essentially, discriminating against our own futures. Johnston noted that interactions with the built environment can have a profound effect on mood, and discussed how it can influence our sense of connection and community.
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