According to the most recent Census, citizens (65 and older) encompass ten percent of the Peach State’s population. However, in Bibb County, citizens who are 65 and older make up 13.1 percent. So Bibb County’s senior population is higher than the state average.
In the city of Macon, there are a variety of programs that are targeted toward senior citizens which include the county’s Senior Citizens Center.
People are generally viewed as senior citizens when one reaches sixty-five years old, but there are certain programs in which retired workers could access certain programs prior to 65 and as early as 55.
AARP (American Association of Retired Persons) provides benefits for older Americans and members can access benefits as early as 50 years old.
Here in Bibb County, the age to qualify for senior services is 55 years old.
Qualified seniors have access to planned activities which run all year long at a very low cost of ten dollars for Bibb County residents. For out-of-county members, the cost is twenty dollars.
This once-a-year fee gives members privileges such as various daily activities such as enrichment classes, exercise classes and use of a computer lab.
In addition to activities, Bibb County senior would be able to have access to bus discounts, seminars in regard to help with income taxes and various luncheons.
All the planned events are held every day at the local community centers in Bibb County. The start time is 8:30 and ends at 2 p.m.
Bibb Senior Center is in downtown Macon and is across from Tatnall Square Park at 1283 Adams Street.
Senior activities are provided at several local community center locations such as: East Macon Park, Frank Johnson Park, Freedom Park, Rosa Jackson Park, Memorial Park, Bloomfield Park and North Macon Park.
For more information about the Bibb County Senior Citizens’ Center, please call (478) 751-2792.
The State of Georgia provides an array of services for seniors as well:
The Georgia Department of Human Services and its Division of Aging Services provide services for older Georgians along with their families. For more information call, 1-866-552-4464.
Georgia’s Adult Protective Services is a state agency that monitors accusations of abuse and/or neglect of senior citizens or adults who are disabled. For more information, call 1-888-774-0152.
GeorgiaCares is a program designed to help Georgia seniors in regard to providing health insurance support.