Macon Living

Living in Macon, Georgia

Macon is located in the center of the state and I-75 and I-16 intersect here to make access to the north, the south and the Georgia coast convenient. The national’s busiest airport in Atlanta is just one hour away. Thanks to our great location, Macon is the first AARP designated Age-Friendly community in the State of Georgia. With more Yoshino cherry trees than anywhere else in the world, including the nation’s capital, Macon’s annual Cherry Blossom Festival attracts visitors from all over the world.

For outdoor recreation, Macon has an abundance of public and private golf courses, two tennis centers and the 1800 acre Lake Tobesofkee with 35 miles of shoreline and three parks.

Macon has two community theaters: Macon Little Theatre located about 3 miles from The Gables, and Theatre Macon located downtown. The downtown Grand Opera House, owned and operated by Mercer University, brings Broadway productions to Macon.

Wesleyan College, only 2 miles from The Gables, offers a spring and fall enrichment curriculum designed specifically for seniors. Wesleyan Academy for Lifelong Learning (WALL) has professors and experts from the community at large teaching a variety of not-for-credit classes in the afternoon. Macon-Bibb County has a well-preserved historic district with 70 listings on the National Registry of Historic Places; among these are the Hay House, The Cannonball House, and the Terminal Station.

The Wellness Center, owned by Navicent Health, offers annual memberships for approx. $40/month. There is an exercise room with state-of-the-art exercise machines and trainers, water aerobics, a walking track, etc. They participate in the Silver Sneakers Program offered by select insurance companies.

H2U is an organization for senior citizens sponsored by Coliseum Hospital and Northside Coliseum Hospital. Annual membership is $20. Membership includes a monthly breakfast meeting with speaker, opportunities for day trips and occasionally a longer trip (at additional cost), plus the opportunity to sign up for water and land exercises at Wesleyan College daily from 9 am until noon. A monthly newsletter gives health information, tips for seniors and a schedule of events.

Navicent Health is a designated Level I Trauma Center and one of 42 twice- designated Magnet® hospitals for nursing excellence nationwide. It provides a broad range of community- based, outpatient diagnostic, primary care, extensive home health and hospice care, and comprehensive cancer and rehabilitation services.

Coliseum Health System has three facilities in Macon: Coliseum Hospital, Coliseum Northside Hospital and Coliseum Center for Behavioral Health. Their staff and physicians are trained in the most advanced health care available in this area from cardiology to emergency care and inpatient/outpatient surgery. All medical specialties are represented on their medical staffs from family practice to orthopedics to pediatrics to neurosurgery.