Georgia AARP officials and Mayor Robert Reichert celebrated Friday the renewal of Macon-Bibb County’s designation as an “Age-Friendly Community,” first reported in The Telegraph on July 17.
Greg Tanner, AARP Georgia state director, presented Reichert with a certificate of the renewal through 2017 at a ceremony in the mayor’s conference room. Macon-Bibb was the first location in the country to get the designation in 2012 from AARP and the World Health Organization. The renewal is due to the action plan local agencies and a 28-member advisory council put together and agreed to work on to make Macon-Bibb more age-friendly in several ways, Tanner said.
Local authorities are working to make streets more welcoming with amenities that serve everyone, such as curb cuts helpful to the disabled and people pushing baby carriages, Reichert said.
“Age-friendly isn’t just for senior citizens,” he said.
One promised area of improvement is access to communication and information, and to that end AARP is sponsoring free workshops for people over 50 on how to use smartphones and tablet computers.
Sessions on four days are scheduled so far, with two-hour workshops at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on each scheduled day. Tablet computers will be available for people to practice on, along with a free take-home guidebook.
McAfee Towers, 1212 Gray Highway, will host sessions Wednesday and Aug. 13.
The Pearl Stephens Senior Citizen Center, 3321 Napier Ave., will hold workshops Oct. 15. And the Buck Melton Community Center, 150 Sessions Drive, will host sessions Nov. 19.
To sign up, call 877-926-8300 or go to aarp.cvent.com/aarptekgeorgia.
To contact writer Jim Gaines, call 744-4489.