ACTION ITEM

Improve Quality of Life at the Neighborhood, City, County and Regional Levels

PLAN HIGHLIGHT

BETTER QUALITY OF LIFE FOR OLDER AND DISABLED ADULTS

The Atlanta region is experiencing a major demographic shift as baby boomers age and lifespans increase. By 2030, one in five residents will be over the age of 60, compared to one in ten in 2010.

ARC provides comprehensive services to older adults in the Atlanta region via its role as the federally designated Area Agency on Aging. Services provided by the Atlanta Region Area Agency on Aging include:

  • Senior center operations
  • AgeWise Connection information resource and service referral
  • Congregate and home-delivered meals
  • In-home support services
  • Transportation
  • Case management

Federal and state funding to provide services to older adults in the Atlanta region has decreased. ARC’s Aging & Health Resources Division recently adopted a strategic plan, Live Beyond Expectations, designed to deliver more support and provide greater impact, with fewer resources.

  • Ensure programs are flexible enough to tailor and target services
  • Ensure programs are achieving outcomes for those they serve and have a framework for moving to scale
  • Reduce administrative and reporting tasks to devote more time and resources to direct services
  • Develop new technology and programming to respond to the needs of the 21st century older or disabled adult and caregiver
Senior art class

Art classes are among the services provided at local senior centers

Download the Live Beyond Expectations Regional Strategic Plan document (PDF)

PLAN IN ACTION: Lifelong Communities

The Transportation Management Center in East Atlanta

The vast majority of older adults want to remain in their homes and in their communities as they age. But too often, people move to more institutional settings to get the services and support they need – particularly when driving ability is diminished.

ARC’s Lifelong Communities initiative helps guide efforts at the local level to create communities that meet the needs of residents of all ages and abilities. A Lifelong Community is a place that offers housing types and ways to get around that appeal to individuals both young and old, such as safe sidewalks, compact, low-maintenance housing options, and convenient access to shopping and transit.

By the Numbers

20 percent

…of metro Atlanta residents will be over the age of 60 in 2030, compared to 10% in 2010.

90 percent

… of people over age 65 want to stay in their home for as long as possible

$22,789

The average cost of providing care to older adults in a personal home in the Atlanta region, compared to $67,677 in a skilled nursing home and $47,208 in an assisted living facility.

PLAN HIGHLIGHT

CREATING VIBRANT, LIVABLE COMMUNITIES

Created as a way to improve air quality, ARC’s Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) is a grant program that incentivizes local jurisdictions to re-envision their communities as vibrant, walkable places that increase mobility options, encourage healthy lifestyles and provide easy access to jobs and services.

Since 2000, the LCI program has invested $184 million in 112 communities throughout the Atlanta region, helping pay for planning studies and the construction of transportation projects, such as sidewalks and intersection improvements. The ARC board has allocated $314 million over the next 15 years for transportation projects resulting from completed LCI studies.

The LCI program is paying dividends. Since the program began in 2000, vehicle miles traveled per capita each day has dropped 13 percent, helping clean the region’s air. And the LCI program is also helping communities reimagine their public spaces. Public parks have been established in more than half of LCI areas, while public art has been installed in one-third of LCI areas.

LCI’s goals include:

  • Providing access to a variety of travel modes including transit, roadways, walking and biking
  • Encouraging mixed-income residential neighborhoods, employment, shopping and recreation options
  • Developing an outreach process that promotes the involvement of all stakeholders

PLAN IN ACTION: Downtown Woodstock

The Transportation Management Center in East Atlanta

Downtown Woodstock

One of LCI’s greatest success stories is downtown Woodstock, a once sleepy town on the region’s northern edge. Today, it boasts a growing and lively mix of shops, offices and housing. For residents, a night on the town now means staying close to home and enjoying all the new options.

By the Numbers

184 million

Total federal investment in 112 communities through ARC’s Livable Centers Initiative.

  • $8.2 million in LCI studies
  • $3.7 million in supplemental studies
  • $172 million in transportation projects (design, right-of-way and construction of 105 projects) in 63 LCI communities
13 percent

…reduction in daily vehicle miles traveled per capita in the region since 2000.

 It is the policy of ARC to:

  • Encourage development, redevelopment, and transportation improvements to
    consider impacts on neighborhoods and communities
  • Foster inclusive communities integrating residents of all ages, cultures and incomes
  • Promote and support urban design standards that enhance elements of accessibility and livability