The new Cobb Senior Wellness Center will be opening its doors to the public at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29, at its Powder Springs Street location in Marietta.
The center will also include a senior community clinic which is under construction and slated to open after Labor Day.
The new center will include facilities for the county Meals On Wheels program, which helps hundreds of homebound seniors daily, as well as a teaching kitchen, a fitness studio and weight room.
The accompanying senior clinic will provide free, preventive healthcare for eligible seniors who are uninsured Cobb residents aged 55 to 64. It will concentrate on services that are not eligible for Medicaid or Medicare, such as vision and hearing screenings.
WellStar will supply all equipment, staff and operational support for the senior clinic.
“This new partnership is an exciting opportunity for WellStar and other non-profit community programs to work together for a common goal,” Pam Breeden, director of Cobb Senior Services, said. “Through medical science we are all living longer and the Wellness Center will offer seniors age 55 or better a chance to improve the quality of their retirement years.”
In addition to the clinic, the center will offer nutrition education, exercise classes, seminars on mental health issues and opportunities for socialization through the performing and visual arts.
“We think this center is a big step forward, not just for seniors, but for the entire area,” Cobb County Chairman Tim Lee said. “It will help save taxpayers money, provide additional services and give the surrounding business community an economic boost.”
Most of the funding for the construction of the Wellness Center is provided by federal funds. Renovations of the building were also partially funded through the 2011 Special Purpose Local Option Sales.
The building at the former Powder Springs shopping center will also house the Marietta Neighborhood Senior Center and Cobb Senior Services administrative offices.
For more information about this and other senior programs, go to www.cobbseniors.org or call 770 528-5355. For more information on becoming a Meals on Wheels volunteer, please call 770-528-5381.