Retired Marketing Professional Phyllis Silverman, left, and Donna Strauss of EZ Accounting & Tax Services have a discussion during the August board meeting for the Senior Resource Foundation of Cobb.
Retired Marketing Professional Phyllis Silverman, left, and Donna Strauss of EZ Accounting & Tax Services have a discussion during the August board meeting for the Senior Resource Foundation of Cobb.

Senior Resource Foundation of Cobb County recognizes the worth and importance of seniors in our community. The organization is dedicated to enhancing the lives of older adults through different services and programs.

“Our mission is to continually and positively affect the mental, physical, and social well-being of seniors in Cobb County,” said 80-year-old Phyllis Silverman, a Marietta resident who is founder and president of SRFCC.

Silverman is passionate about SRFCC. “Seniors have been a passion of mine for a long time. I’m a lucky person. I have my good health and a lot of energy. I have my family that is very caring and supportive. I want to reach out to people who may or may not have the same, to make them feel part of society again, to make them feel important and vital members of our community. It’s very important to me that seniors get recognized for what they’ve given to the world. Unfortunately, many times they become almost invisible to people,” she said.

From left, JoAn Hobbs with 4 Seasons Home Care; Pat Walker with Kennesaw State University; Debra Hunsaker of Southern Cremations & Funerals; Steve Fredricks with Edward Jones; and Silverman.
From left, JoAn Hobbs with 4 Seasons Home Care; Pat Walker with Kennesaw State University; Debra Hunsaker of Southern Cremations & Funerals; Steve Fredricks with Edward Jones; and Silverman.

In 2017, Cobb County was home for 165,000 seniors, according to the SRFCC.

Silverman was inspired to start the foundation after she was involved in an 18-month study conducted by Kennesaw State University and Cobb Senior Services. She said that the study looked at different issues affecting seniors. “A lot of what we are doing was identified in the study we performed,” Silverman said.

Silverman, a retired marketing professional, is joined by SRFCC board members Steve Frederick of Edward Jones, Debra Hunsaker of Southern Cremations & Funerals, former Cobb County Commissioner Helen Goreham, Donna Strauss of EZ Accounting & Tax Services, JoAn Hobbs of 4 Seasons Home Care, William Cooper, M.D. of WellStar Health System, Tim Jarrell of Cobb EMC, Karen Demarco of Arbor Terrace of Burnt Hickory, Pam Neighbors of Keller Williams, Shelly Elders of the Elder Law Firm, LLC, Pat Walker of Kennesaw State University (OLLI) and Suzanne Elkins of Southern Cremations & Funerals.

Some of the current projects of SRFCC include providing affordable transportation for seniors, performing home repair projects, hosting intergenerational programs, establishing a friendly visitor program for companionship, reducing food insecurity and more.

From left, Helen Goreham with Former Cobb County Commissioner, Shelley Elder with Elder Law Firm LLC
From left, Helen Goreham with Former Cobb County Commissioner; Shelley Elder with Elder Law Firm LLC.

SRFCC promotes increased social interaction for seniors through activities like Coffee with Friends, held the second Wednesday of each month from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Cobb County Senior Wellness Center, located at 1150 Powder Springs Street in Marietta. All seniors ages 55 and older are invited to attend. There is no cost to attend and singles and couples are both welcomed to attend. There is no membership required to enter the facility and refreshments are always served.

SRFCC provides support for seniors. “I think it’s so important for seniors to feel that sense of self respect and worth. They are worth a lot. Many times in our society, seniors are not acknowledged for who they are and who they were,” Silverman said.

Without seniors, community would not exist. “It’s important for everyone to recognize and understand that these (seniors) provide the shoulders that younger people stand on today. I want seniors to receive the respect and importance they should have in our community. A lot of us are still giving to the community and doing worthwhile things,” Silverman said.

To learn more, volunteer or donate, visit srfofcc.org or follow the SRFCC on Facebook. To call Silverman, dial 678-709-2605.

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