If you, or your senior loved one, reside in Decatur, Georgia, you already know the perks and highlights of this beautiful town. It’s the perfect blend of a small-town atmosphere and a hip college town, and it’s within driving distance of the bustling metropolis of Atlanta. Whether you are familiar with Decatur or you are just beginning to explore the area, it is important to note that the dedication to Decatur’s senior residents is real. In fact, about 22 percent of the town’s population is over the age of 55!
Take a look at a few of the resources available to seniors living in the Decatur area—and start trying them out. You have nothing to lose, and so much to gain!
1. Reliable Transportation Services
The Decatur area is full of transportation services that seniors can utilize when (or if) they no longer choose to drive. Beyond a community that is built for walking or bike riding, there are also transportation services that are available to seniors for a minimal fee. Check out this list of services from the Atlanta Area Agency on Aging, as well as ICARE, a volunteer-driven agency that provides free transportation to seniors throughout the Decatur area.
2. Active Senior Centers
Seniors living in the Decatur area have access to two centrally located senior centers, each with events and amenities guaranteed to serve the needs of participants. From swimming pools to community garden plots, yoga to line dancing, seniors are sure to make new friends and have fun during their visits at the senior centers.
3. Office of Aging
The Decatur area Office of Aging is an excellent resource for seniors and their family members. As the designated Nutrition Services Provider for the county, the Office of Aging is the first stop for setting up Meals on Wheels services or finding where congregate meals are offered to seniors throughout the area.
4. A Commitment to Active Living
The city of Decatur has a commitment to providing ways for every citizen to be more active. This commitment is demonstrated by their Active Living offerings for seniors over the age of 55. You can get acquainted with new neighbors while participating in group exercise or new learning classes throughout the city’s park district.
5. Helpful Senior Services at the Library
A community library is an excellent addition to any city, and the town of Decatur is no exception. The DeKalb County library system is especially committed to seniors, with senior-only events ranging from health lectures to book discussions. You can also find a variety of books (large print and audio, for those who may have vision difficulties) available for check out or delivery.
6. Opportunities for Employment
For seniors who aren’t quite ready for full-time retirement or who are looking to pick up new skills while making a paycheck, Decatur is full of small and large businesses who are seeking to hire qualified candidates. Beyond searching on your own, you may also be qualified for employment support through the Senior Community Service Employment Program.
7. Welcoming Places of Worship
Seniors in the Decatur area can find welcoming fellowship in any place of worship they choose. Most churches and temples offer senior groups and opportunities, which can include volunteerism, meals, or religious study.
8. Alzheimer’s and Dementia Support
With the Alzheimer’s Association’s regional office located in nearby Atlanta, the residents of Decatur enjoy the frequent present of expertise in monthly support groups. There are currently more than five Alzheimer’s Association support groups throughout the Decatur region, which makes it easy to find one that works for your schedule..
9. Supportive Medical System
The hospital system throughout DeKalb County is committed to providing educational support, as well as peer support groups, to residents in the Decatur area. You can learn more about specialized support groups, including those for grief and cancer, here.
10. Exceptional Senior Living
If you, or your senior loved one, are looking for additional assistance, a senior living community may be the best choice. The Decatur area has many options to choose from, including Arbor Terrace of Decatur. Call the team to learn more about assisted living and memory care services, as well as to inquire about upcoming support groups or educational seminars.
With this list handy, you can learn even more about the services available right outside your front door. Be sure to include Arbor Terrace of Decatur on your list—they are happy to give you a tour and a taste of their active community.