“The Council was formed in 1973 as an independent membership-based organization to unite seniors of Cobb who are 55 years or older and find out their needs,” said President of Senior Citizen Council Nysia Lanier, 78.
The council organizes and sponsors activities.
“We develop community programs and activities for the mutual benefit and enjoyment of senior citizens. We work with government agencies for education programs and social and civic organizations to advocate and improve the general well being of the senior citizens,” Lanier said.
The council has organized the annual fashion show, Enrichment of Life Movement, Cobb Information Fair and Cobb Senior Idol. It works closely with the five Senior Centers in Cobb, having donated $37,680 to the new Senior Wellness Center.
Lanier estimated the organization has 3,000 members. Annual membership is $10 but groups such as assisted living centers get reduced rates. Business sponsorships are available as well. Members receive a monthly bulletin with class schedules and other information at the five multi-purpose senior centers.
“(The council) gets the seniors in the county more quality of life. It gives the seniors something that they normally wouldn’t have,” said Lanier, who has been involved since 2003.
The council is involved in various programs around the county, such as Vial of Life Program in which donated vials with medical forms are given to seniors. Seniors fill out the form and place the vials in their refrigerator as well as an identifying sticker on their front door.
“When an EMT goes there and sees that sticker, they know immediately where to go to see what that patient’s problems are, what their medical history may be. We know that this has saved lives.”
“We just get involved all over the county if we can,” Lanier said.
The council was recently nominated for the 2013 Creating Community Awards, a program that honors those making a difference in the community.
“We get the seniors involved. We give them an outlet. To see these seniors being so enthusiastic and doing things is what gives me satisfaction,” Lanier said.
The Senior Wellness Center is at 1150 Powder Springs St., Marietta.
To learn more, call (770) 528-5355 or (770) 528-1447.