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2012 8 7_aarp Release_final

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 For Immediate Release
Contact: Ed Van Herik Aug. 8, 2012 (404) 431-1798ed@vanherikcommunications.com
Macon-Bibb First U.S. Community Officially NamedAge-Friendly by AARP
 Macon and Bibb County Join National Network of Communities Pledged to Make Services an Neighborhoods More User-Friendly for People age 50 and Older
MACON - Macon-Bibb County today became the first American community to join an eliteworldwide network of age-friendly communities. In presenting Macon-Bibb County with itsmembership certificate in the  AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities today, AARP Georgia acknowledged Macon-Bibb
commitment and its multi-year plan to become more accessible,convenient and, ultimately, more user-friendly for older Americans.
 As Macon-
boomer population
ages, the area’s
businesses and services are affected alongwith the residents
,” said
Karen Cooper, associate state director of outreach for AARP Georgia.
“But if we understand and plan to address
the needs and opportunities presented by an agingpopulation, we can improve Macon-
services, business climate and infrastructure for 
 Macon-Bibb County becomes the first AARP Age-Friendly Community in the U.S. Six others areexpected to follow soon: Westchester County, NY; New York City; Des Moines; Philadelphia;Bowling Green, KY; and Portland, OR.
“We are striving to build a sustainable community in Macon, and that includes creating programs
and looking at development and infrastructure that promote a walkable, livable, multimodal, and
green lifestyle,” says Macon Mayor Robert Reichert. “The work th
at we do as an Age-FriendlyCommunity will benefit our older population, as well as a younger generation that is becomingmore and more interested in living in an area where they can walk or bike wherever they need to
 Bibb County Commission Chairman
Samuel F. Hart, Sr. concurred. “We
are united in our efforts tomove our community forward, and being designated as an Age-Friendly Community is a sign that

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