The senior population of Georgia is growing more quickly than that of other age groups, and by 2030 will comprise 20 percent of the state’s population. Between 2000 and 2010, the number of people age 65 or older living in metropolitan Atlanta ballooned by 44 percent. The state has greatly expanded its infrastructure of senior services to ensure that seniors get the care and support they need. The Georgia Division of Aging Services caters to the entire state, with additional local offices scattered in various regions, including one in Cobb County. Here’s how they can help you navigate retirement, aging, and more.
The Georgia Division of Aging Services: How They Help
The Georgia Division of Aging Services is dedicated to identifying and addressing the needs of seniors across the state. The Division offers a wide range of senior resources, including:
- Support for seniors who want to continue living at home. Access housekeeping services, home repairs, and an emergency response system.
- Healthcare assistance. Get help applying for Medicaid or Medicare, as well as information about accessing low-cost medical services.
- Legal support. Need help planning for your future or drafting a will? The Division of Aging Services can connect you to low-cost attorneys, as well as legal educational guides.
- Senior care. You can access adult day care programs, in-home support services, respite care, and information about long-term senior living options.
- Seniors’ rights. The long-term care ombudsman investigates claims of nursing home abuse. The Division also offers a senior care question hotline, a place to report elder abuse, and education about seniors’ rights in nursing homes, senior living communities, and the community.
Atlanta Regional Commission Aging Division: An Area Agency on Aging
Federal law requires each state to provide residents with local Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs). In Georgia, AAAs are branches of the Division of Aging Services but provide resources within the community, tailored to the needs of community residents. The Atlanta Regional Commission Aging Division serves all of metro Atlanta, including Cobb County. Get help with:
- Finding local senior care
- Caregiver support services
- Dementia-friendly resources, including adult day care and respite care
- Aging-in-place services such as housekeeping and minor home repairs
- Local senior support groups
- Finding a senior center near your home
- Educational resources to help you better understand your long-term options
- Legal support in Cobb County, including free and low-cost legal services
- Talking to a loved one about their long-term care plans
- Devising a living will and other important legal documents
If the Area Agency on Aging can’t help, they can usually connect you to a provider who can.
Contact them for help directly at 866-552-4464.
Other Georgia Senior Resources
Senior living can be transformative, offering seniors the support and care they need in a safe, inviting, and exciting environment. The right community relieves caregiver stress, helps families enjoy more time together, and offers seniors a chance to make the next chapter of life their best. Most seniors are happier in senior living communities, and some even save money when they move.
Finding the right senior living community in East Cobb can transform aging from an uncertain endeavor to a great adventure. The Arbor Company has served seniors for more than 30 years.
We believe in individualized retirements that offer joy, meaning, and the support you need — regardless of how that might change or evolve with time. We offer a wide range of activities for seniors, as well as the peace of mind that comes from knowing someone is always there if you need help. We’re here for you. To learn more about finding the right senior living community, check out our free guide, “Finding a Safe and Comfortable Senior Living Community."