Indiana University

Georgia for a Lifetime Report and Initiative Launched

December 1, 2009

In 2008 the state of Georgia passed legislation commissioning the Georgia Council on Aging to study the implications of Georgia's changing age demographics and to recommend strategies to begin transforming communities into places where people of all ages and abilities can live throughout their lifetime.

On December 1, 2009, 150 public officials, planners, aging service providers, and advocates met in Macon to receive the study commission interim report and kick-start a movement towards community transformation. Participants received extensive information about Georgia's changing demographics and heard from speakers at all levels of government, from the Attorney General's office, to local mayors and county commissioners. High level officials in transportation, labor, health, housing and community planning offered their take on the future and their thoughts about needed changes.

Mia Oberlink, of the Center for Home Care Policy and Research, and Phil Stafford, Director of the Center on Aging and Community at the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community, Indiana University, provided an overview of Indiana's leading edge work in focusing on state and local level planning that utilizes the national AdvantAge Initiative model. Stafford's slide presentation is included here: Hoosier Communities for a Lifetime