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

Learn more about how longevity is affecting us all and the systems that support older adults.

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, such as helping individuals transition from nursing homes to their own homes. Through our empowerline website, social media, and other methods we also provide 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

ARC’s Strategic Plan on Aging identifies the broad spectrum of needs of older persons in the Atlanta region and creates a vision of priorities that ARC and other partners can join together to address. 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 as well as goals and strategies to collectively achieve well-designed well-being.

We also advocate for communities that support persons of all ages and abilities, especially considering the growing number of older people who call metro Atlanta home.  

Learn more about Lifelong Community options. 

These policy briefs offer more context to key issues such as caregiving, transportation, and housing in metro Atlanta, as well as specific planning, policy, and programmatic solutions.  

As the federally-designated area on aging, ARC also has an Area Plan on Aging. This plan reflects shared goals for Georgia’s Division of Aging Services (DAS) and all area agencies on aging in the state. The Area Plan on Aging is primarily limited to programs and services funded by DAS.

Who We Are

As the federally designated Area Agency on Aging (AAA), ARC receives funding from the federal Older Americans Act for much of the work performed by the agency’s Aging & Independence Services Group and partners within the counties of Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, and Rockdale. Additional funding is provided by the federal Social Services Block Grant, Medicaid waiver programs, federal corporation for National and Community Service, and a range of state programs, along with a variety of public and private grants. We also provide services through public/private partnerships with health care providers and insurers and housing providers.

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