Athens, GA is home to an extra large "Silver Tsunami" because it has been listed in popular publications like Forbes Magazine as a great place to retire. The term "silver Tsunami" refers to the swell in population of people born between 1946 to 1964, commonly called Baby Boomers. Many of us in that generation wonder if our communities will be ready to support the large number of us as we age.
A great help in preparing Athens is a new initiative called The Athens Village. Jennie Deese, president and CEO of the Athens Community Council on Aging, and a host of ACCA staff and volunteers are working on establishing The Village right now. It is scheduled to launch in October, 2012.
Basically The Village is not brick-and-mortar but a network of services, discounts, wellness education and events designed to be just plain fun. Although Villages are popping up all over the U.S. ours will be the first in the Southeast, and the fist ever to be connected to a Council on Aging.
CLICK HERE to hear the recorded version of the Community Snapshot presentation Jennie and KaDee Holt, outreach coordinator at ACCA, made outlining what the village is and is not, and who can join.