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Cartersville ranked No. 4 in state for senior social, recreational scene

Cartersville was recently ranked fourth in the state of Georgia by SmartAsset — a financial technology company that offers tips on topics such as retirement and life insurance — on a list of cities with the most recreational and social opportunities for retirees.

The list was part of a broader study conducted on the “Best Cities to Retire in the US,” which was released earlier this year. Among factors considered in the study were recreation centers per 1,000 people, retirement centers per 1,000 people and percentage of seniors in the overall population.

“The opportunities that they have, I mean, [are] great,” said Bartow County Senior Services Program Coordinator Joyce Mays. “I mean, no seniors should ever be sitting at home doing nothing, because [there is] so much to do here.”

BCSS has two locations; one is at 33 Beavers Drive, and the other is at 102 Zena Drive. It services are available to people ages 50 and older. Mays said seniors have opportunities to participate in events such as potlucks, ballroom dancing and bingo, as well as education resources for Medicare and health issues. BCSS also takes two
out-of-town trips per year, including one this month to Miami, Florida.

Mays said she was happy to see Cartersville’s ranking on the SmartAsset list.

“I just think it’s excellent,” she stated. “It’s great for the seniors and I’m hoping that, because we are ranked No. 4 ... that will bring more seniors to be able to come into the facility.”
Individuals over the age of 50 in Cartersville also have access to an exclusive exercise facility in the Senior Aquatic Center at 1155 Douthit Ferry Road. The heated pool offers a quiet atmosphere where seniors can go for general exercise, to help with arthritis or post-surgery recovery or to participate in a number of organized classes.

“A facility like this, I think, brings to the table an opportunity to maintain a healthy lifestyle. It gives our seniors, our senior community, another option to be able to exercise, to be able to maintain a healthy lifestyle,” said Aquatics Coordinator Megan Hix. “It gives them an opportunity to kind of socialize as well. They get to meet their friends here and do classes together and things like that.”

The facility works through membership only and is open to all seniors in Bartow County or outside of the county. The membership fee, however, is higher for non-residents. Individuals under age 50 may access the facility with a referral from a doctor or specialist.

For a full list of the activities available through BCSS, visit http://www.bartowga.org/departments/senior_services/, or contact the Beavers Drive location at 770-387-5134 or the Zena Drive location at 770-387-5166. There are no membership fees to participate in the organization’s events and activities. To learn more about the Senior Aquatic Center’s offerings, go to http://www.cityofcartersville.org/69/Aquatics, or call Hix at 770-607-6527. SmartAsset’s full rankings of cities with the most recreational and social opportunities for retirees in Georgia may be accessed at https://smartasset.com/retirement/retirement-calculator#Georgia/recreation-social.