community

Age-Friendly Community Initiative

The Middle Georgia Regional Aging Center of Excellence furthers its deep community connections through its support of the Macon-Bibb County Age-Friendly Community initiative. This designation and distinction comes from the AARP in conjunction with the World Health Organization (WHO) in distinguishing communities that have made a commitment to “encourage active aging by optimizing opportunities for health, participation, and security in order to enhance quality of life as people age.” The initiative examines aspects of our community such as the age-friendly appropriateness of outdoor spaces and buildings, transportation systems, and housing affordability and suitability. Social assets are also important and these include the level of social participation found within the community, communication and information sharing, and the presence of respect and social inclusion of community members of all ages. Dr. David Biek (Psychology), is MGA’s representative to the Macon-Bibb Community Advisory Council and also co-chairs the Respect and Social Inclusion domain for the initiative.

The Action Plan can be found here: http://www.aarp.org/content/dam/aarp/livable-communities/documents-2014/Macon-Bibb,%20Georgia,%20Age-Friendly%20Action%20Plan-AARP.pdf

Waddell Barnes Community Gardens

The community is encouraged to explore the blooming spaces located on the Macon campus. 16 distinct gardens are provided, including Asian, European, Fall Colors, Fragrant, Fruit Trees, Industry, Medicinal, Natives, Showy Flowers, Showy Fruit, Shrubs and Vines, Southern Traditional, Touch & Feel, Urban Environment, Wet Environment, and Xeriscape. Info here

Waddell Barnes Community Gardens