Aging & Independence Services Overview

Posted in: Aging & Health

Improving the Quality of Life for Residents of All Ages and Abilities

Metro Atlanta’s older adult population is growing rapidly as better health enables us to live longer. By 2030, one in four residents will be over the age of 60 as compared to one in six today. This demographic shift presents an opportunity for the region to provide services and design communities in a way that meets the needs of residents of all ages and abilities.

The core mission of the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Aging & Independence Services Group is to prepare the 10-county metropolitan area to address the future needs of our changing society while ensuring adequate services and support are available to individuals and their families living in our community today.

Chart - Aging Population in the 10-County Atlanta Region. Comparing year 2015 data with year 2030 projections

The Big Idea in Four Minutes: Coming of Age

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Exploration of Key Trends in the 65+ Age Cohort

This provides more information about older persons in the Atlanta area.Download

Providing Services and Supports Through empowerline

Individuals looking for a trusted community resource to help navigate life’s changes that may come with age or disability can turn to ARC’s empowerline for assistance. Through empowerline, we provide information services and options counseling as well as direct services to help individuals transition from nursing homes to their own homes and behavioral health coaching. Empowerline also provides useful information about a wide of array of topics, including Medicare and Medicaid, preparing for retirement, and volunteer opportunities.

We also work with partner organizations that provide services to the region’s dynamic aging population. We provide leadership in identifying needs and emerging trends and the opportunity to participate in a larger shared vision while achieving an organization’s own goals.

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We work with:

  • Non Profits
  • Hospitals
  • Health Centers
  • Case Managers

Planning to Meet the Region’s Changing Needs

Live Beyond Expectations

The Live Beyond Expectations Regional Strategic Plan is designed to address the changing needs of the Atlanta region and better align services and supports. The plan conveys a framework for the region that identifies priority focus areas for serving older persons and goals and strategies to collectively achieve well-designed well-being.


ARC’s Area Plan on Aging reflects shared service delivery goals for the state of Georgia and was developed in collaboration with Georgia’s Division of Aging Services.

ARC also works with local governments and community partners to design more inclusive lifelong communities that offer multiple housing types and transportation options, such as better sidewalks, low-maintenance housing options, and convenient access to shopping and transit.

Who We Are

As the federally designated Area Agency on Aging (AAA), ARC receives funding from the Older Americans Act for much of the work performed by the agency’s Aging & Independence Services Group within the counties of Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, and Rockdale. Additional funding is provided by federal Social Services Block Grants, federal elderly and disabled Medicaid waiver programs, and a range of state programs, along with a variety of public and private grants.

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