Atlanta, Georgia, is a vibrant, fast-paced city with a nationally acclaimed business sector and the fastest growing technology jobs in the country. Atlanta is not only a prime location for anyone hoping to settle down in the American south, but this youthful city is also the perfect place for senior citizens.
From free event admission, inexpensive pottery classes and discounted dinners to special city tours and seniors-only trips, the City of Atlanta has a lot to offer mature adults. Use the following guide to help you navigate metro Atlanta’s many senior resources and services.
Several senior centers service the nine counties of the metro Atlanta area and nearby locations. These centers are a hub of activity and provide a number of resources to the senior citizens of their respective communities. Elderly visitors and new residents should make these centers their first stop when visiting Atlanta.
They host events and classes and have up-to-date information about senior-related activities in the area. You can find pamphlets explaining their programs and services at local hospitals and some doctor’s offices. Check the Georgia Care Council’s website for an exhaustive list of the senior and mature adult centers in Atlanta.
A Hand to Hold
As one of the nation’s leading providers of at-home care, A Hand to Hold devotes itself to caring for thousands of Atlanta’s senior citizens and enabling them to live peacefully and worry-free in their homes. A Hand to Hold will only provide qualified, trusted caregivers, whom they’ve trained to give you or your loved ones the highest quality of care possible.
A Hand to Hold’s services include Alzheimer care, companionship, disability care in the home and caregivers from a distance.
Contact them at 770-800-7418.
A Computer Partner
A Computer Partner offers affordable computer services from virus and spyware removal to hardware repair to Wi-Fi and internet troubleshooting. They are the one-stop shop for all your computer-related questions and needs. A Computer Partner primarily services the Northeast Atlanta area, and their consultations are free.
Contact them at 770-314-2400.
Home Health Hair
Home Health Hair is a mobile salon dedicated to helping you look your best. Their services include haircuts, shampoo, styling, coloring, perms and even makeup consultations. Once you set up an appointment, Home Health Hair will travel to your location or residential community.
If you have any questions, call them at 678-468-0621.
Silver Paws Program
The Silver Paws Program is perfect for animal-loving seniors and seniors looking for a new addition to their household. Silver Paws connects mature adults with older rescue animals in hopes of facilitating a long-term, loving relationships.
Participating seniors get the chance to become foster pet owners and can even choose to adopt their new friends after the foster period ends. Silver Paws covers the costs of pet food, supplies and medical care. It’s an excellent program for any elderly pet-lover who doesn’t have the financial means to take care of a pet.
Silver Paws is a program created by Atlanta Animal Rescue Friends, Inc (AARF), which has made finding loving homes for Atlanta’s homeless and abandoned pets their mission for over 15 years.
Community Festivals & Fairs
The Big Peach City is always bustling with excitement, activity and looking for innovative ways to celebrate with local communities. Atlanta hosts several festivals and fairs throughout the year.
New festivities pop up every year, but the most popular ones are seasonal fairs. Joining these events is a fantastic way for seniors to try local wares and interact with the greater metro Atlanta community.
Spring draws visitors from all over the state who want to see metro Atlanta in all its floral beauty. The annual Atlanta Dogwood Festival, hosted in Piedmont Park, celebrates spring’s arrival and the blooming of Atlanta’s native dogwood trees. Dog lovers also make their way down to the city to take part in the U.S. Disc Dog Southern Nationals, a national competition featuring the highest-ranking Frisbee Dogs in the nation.
Summer festivals in Atlanta are all about arts, food and music, and the Atlanta Summer Beer Fest is no exception. At this early summer event, you can try over 150 beers from breweries like Wild Heaven, Monday Night, SweetWater and Red Brick. Beer Fest also features live music and games for people of all ages.
Fall Folklife Festival
Atlanta’s traditions come to life during its fall festivities. From September to late November, the city fills to the brim with activity, food and fun.
Fall Folklife Festival is an early autumn event where local artists showcase their wares and demonstrate their craft at the Atlanta History Center. Featured artists use music, pottery, woodwork, quilting and weaving to garner community interest in the arts.
Children’s Christmas Parade
The Children’s Christmas Parade is the largest holiday demonstration in the southeast. The annual parade features professionally crafted floats, parade balloons, marching bands and many other performances. This Atlanta winter tradition is doubly worth seeing because proceeds go to the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Atlanta’s non-profit pediatric healthcare system.
For a complete list of Atlanta’s festivals, visit the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau’s website. They manage a comprehensive list of the area’s seasonal festivals.
Atlanta’s public library system is the largest in the state, with over 2.5 million items in circulation across its 34 locations. The Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System services citizens in the city of Atlanta and nearby counties in the metro area. The library has various resources that benefit it senior patrons including several programs, classes and virtual resources tailored for the senior community.
The Atlanta-Fulton public library system also offers free tax assistance for mature citizens with the help of volunteers from the AARP Foundation and the IRS-VITA. The tax aide program helps people who make up to $49,000 a year e-file their federal and state tax returns.
The program usually starts the weekend after the IRS begins accepting taxes until the last day of filing. As of 2017, at least eight of Atlanta’s 34 libraries offer free tax assistance:
Buckhead Library – 404-814-3500
269 Buckhead Avenue, NE Atlanta, GA 30305
Kirkwood Library – 404-377-6471
11 Kirkwood Road, NE Atlanta, GA 30317
East Roswell Library – 404-613-4050
2301 Holcomb Bridge Rd. Roswell, GA 30076
Northeast/Spruill Oaks Library – 770-360-8820
9560 Spruill Road Johns Creek, GA 30022
Ocee Library – 770-360-8897
5090 Abbotts Bridge Road Johns Creek, GA 30005
Roswell Library – 770-640-3075
115 Norcross Street Roswell, GA 30075
Sandy Spring Library – 404-303-6130
395 Mt. Vernon Hwy, NE Sandy Springs, GA 30328
Southwest Library – 404-699-6363
665 Cascade Road, SW Atlanta, GA 30331
If you want to file at one of the participating locations, you need to bring a copy of your tax returns from the previous tax year and all necessary tax documents for the current year. You will also need a check that shows your name and address for direct deposit and the Social Security card of each person you claim on your return.
Meals on Wheels
Atlanta’s Senior Connection, an organization dedicated to providing the resources to help older citizens who need to live independently, partners with Meals on Wheels to deliver food right to your doorstep. This program aims to help its recipients live healthy, nutritionally balanced lives, regardless of their dietary restrictions.
Prepared meals fall between 600 and 700 calories, and Meals on Wheels can modify them for people with diabetes, vegetarians and those on low-sodium diets. Meals on Wheels can also work with caregivers to make sure they fulfill the needs of the seniors they service. Daily meals cost only $6, and you can have them delivered directly to your home or senior living community.
The YMCA offers various fitness programs, classes and targeted workouts for active individuals. The City of Atlanta houses several YMCA locations, so you can work on your fitness goals without joining a health club or paying gym membership premiums.
Seniors might benefit from YMCA programs that improve strength, mobility and balance. For more information about programs, times and Atlanta locations, check the YMCA Organization’s website.
Silver Sneakers is an outstanding fitness program covered by more than 60 health plans across the country. This is a program specifically designed to help seniors become more active through enjoyable fitness classes and social group sessions. Contact your healthcare provider to see if your insurance plan covers Silver Sneakers.
Ageless Adventures offers reasonably priced day trips for senior citizens age 55and older in the metro Atlanta area. Mature adventurers can explore Georgia’s many botanical gardens, beautiful museums and other tourist locations. Tuition for most trips covers lunch or brunch costs.
For details, contact Ageless Adventures at 770-851-5563.
Seniors on The Go
Seniors on The Go is a group tour company created by Cathy Stokes, a University of Georgia graduate who has been leading group tours since 1983. Everyone is welcome to join Seniors on The Go trips, but seniors get priority.
The Lawrenceville-based company takes day trips to popular cities in Georgia including Augusta, Dillard and Columbus. There are also overnight trips and fly-in tours to places like Washington D.C., Charleston, Lancaster and several New England cities. On occasion, Stokes even plans mystery tours where participants won’t know their destination until they arrive!
If you’re interested in joining these adventures, contact Cathy Stokes at 770-985-6131.
Learn How to Be Tech Savvy
Technology has come a long way in the past few decades, and we see new, innovative technological advances every day. Being technologically literate, especially in a major tech city like Atlanta, has become mandatory for anyone hoping to navigate the world with relative ease. However, using the latest devices can be overwhelming or even intimidating.
Thankfully, the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System (as well as other nearby county libraries) and BlueHair Technology offer workshops and classes to help seniors understand the basics of the products they use. BlueHair Technology hosts workshops across metropolitan Atlanta that teach seniors the fundamentals of products and operating systems like Windows, Mac and iPhone.
Library classes aren’t specific to seniors, and they’re only offered at specific locations. You should call your local library to see if they offer these services.
For more information about BlueHair Technology’s workshops, you can reach Jane Ratliff, the company’s founder at 770-696-9808.
Seniors with a talent for the arts will love the classes offered at studies and locations such as Art and Soul and Mud Monkey. The Mud Monkey team hosts various events, including group clay making parties tailored to senior citizens. If you don’t want to join a group, you can go directly to Mud Monkey on Peachtree and design your own pottery pieces from available materials.
Volunteers from Art and Soul visit retirement homes and assisted living communities throughout Atlanta. They design their classes specifically for seniors in hopes of introducing them to the joys of pottery.
Art and Soul can service locations up to 25 miles away from the studio, so if you’d like to arrange a senior pottery class, call them at 404-303-9959.
Guided Walk Tours
Stretch your legs and connect with Atlanta’s rich history on the Atlanta Preservations Center’s guided walk tours. People of all ages can join tours and see the city’s historical heritage. Regular admission is $13, but students and seniors age 60 and older can participate for only $7.
If you prefer cycling to walking, join a group bike tour around Atlanta. Silver Spokes is a senior cycling program committed to connecting seniors with the larger Atlanta community through regular and socially engaging exercise. Participants can bring their own bikes or rent adult tricycles to ensure they stay balanced during the weekly tour.
The Wren’s Nest
The Joel Chandler Harris House, otherwise known as ‘The Wren’s Nest,’ is Atlanta’s oldest museum and the home of Joel Chandler Harris, the famous author of the Uncle Remus Tales, which features famous characters like Brer Rabbit. Seniors can join walk-in tours for $8 instead of the $9 general admission fee.
Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum
The Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum is famous for its exhibits about former U.S. President Jimmy Carter. Museum displays include Carter’s papers, information about his life and materials related to his presidency. The museum also hosts a myriad of programs and other exhibits related to America’s political history.
The Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum closes on Sunday and public holidays but is usually open from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Seniors ages 60 and older will receive discounted admission tickets for $6.
For more information, please contact the museum at 404-865-7100.
In accordance with a 1983 amendment to the state constitution, Georgia waives public college tuition for citizens ages 62 and older. This means that eager seniors can attend nationally recognized universities and colleges like Georgia Tech and Emory University, tuition-free.
The Senior Discount List website compiles lists of senior discounts around the country, sorted by most cities or by state. Their lists include discounts for retail and department stores, restaurants, travel and grocery stores.