Committed To Becoming More Age-Friendly
Macon-Bibb United States of America
Macon-Bibb joined the WHO Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities and Communities in 2011, and became the first Age-Friendly Community designated in the new AARP Network of Age Friendly Communities in April 2012. With the designation ceremony taking place in the historic Terminal Station in Macon with Mayor Robert Reichert and Chairman Sam Hart, it was a great event to congratulate the community and bring a focus of All-Age-Friendly to Macon-Bibb. The excitement continued and the work began the next day with an Active Living Workshop with Walkable and Liveable Communities Institute at the Tattnall Square Park area near Mercer University. Many of the workshop participants were invited to serve on the 28-member Age-Friendly Advisory Council, which meets bi-monthly. Eight of the members serve as leads for the eight age-friendly domain areas, with remaining members serving on domain subcommittees. The report documenting the events and enhancements provided by the Age-Friendly designation over 24 months has been submitted for review. Macon-Bibb County became a consolidated community in July 2013. AARP GA, City of Macon and Bibb County has sponsored a memorial bench in Tattnall Square Park to commemorate Macon-Bibb as an Age-Friendly Community.