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Council Member Andre Dickens to Host BeltLine Walk and Discussion on Cyber Security for Atlanta Seniors

Post Date:10/09/2018 12:29 PM


Council Communications
Atlanta City Hall
55 Trinity Ave. S.W.
Atlanta, GA 30303

Talia Moffitt
Public Information Officer – Council Communications
(404) 546-1835 / (404) 326-6506

October 9, 2018


Council Member Andre Dickens to Host BeltLine Walk and Discussion on Cyber Security for Atlanta Seniors

ATLANTACouncil member Andre Dickens will host his fourth annual Senior BeltLine Walk and a discussion on cyber security Oct. 16 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The event is open to all senior citizens in Atlanta.

“It’s important that all of Atlanta’s citizens feel that they are a part of the city’s growth. The BeltLine is one of our newer amenities and I love being able to walk it with the community, get some exercise and learn about what is important to our elders,” Dickens said.

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Dickens began the walk in 2015 with 60 participants. The event has grown since then, annually engaging over 100 seniors.

Joyce Smith, program director for Quality Living Services, said the nonprofit plans to bring 100 seniors on this year’s walk. Quality Living Services brings a large group of seniors to the event every year.

“Our seniors enjoy the camaraderie of exercising and meeting others from the community. The walk is also a learning experience. Council member Dickens does a great job of enlisting people each year to provide updates on issues that are important to the senior community,” Smith said.

The Oct. 16 walk begins at Fair Street and Burbank Drive and ends at Monday Night Garage. Representatives from the city of Atlanta’s Information Management (AIM) Department will lead a discussion on cyber security during a catered lunch.

Forty-two percent of adults ages 65 and older now own smartphones, a number that has quadrupled in the last five years, according to a 2017 Pew Research Center report. Internet use by seniors has similarly jumped, with half of senior Americans now having broadband at home, according to the Pew Research Center report.

Increased access to technology also increases a person’s risk of becoming a victim of cybercrime, and the FBI reports that internet scammers disproportionately target senior citizens because they tend to be wealthier, less likely to report a crime, and more trusting.    

“As a Georgia Tech graduate and an engineer, cyber security and the ability of our citizens to navigate technology safely is very important to me,” Dickens said. “Our seniors will get helpful tips to stay safe online.”

No registration is needed to join the walk. For more information, contact Ali Carter in Council member Dickens’ office at (404) 330-6041 or (404) 227-3592.

Atlanta City Council
The Atlanta City Council is the chief policy-making body for the City of Atlanta: it acts by considering and enacting all laws that govern the City. The council also approves the operating and capital budgets for the City as recommended by the mayor, and it continually monitors revenues and expenditures for local government operations. The Atlanta City Council reviews and has final say on many land-use and zoning matters. Major economic development projects for the City also fall under the council’s consideration.

The Atlanta City Council is comprised of 12 districts and three at-large posts:

Council President: Felicia A. Moore

District 1: Carla Smith

District 6: Jennifer N. Ide

District 11: Marci Collier Overstreet

District 2: Amir Farokhi

District 7: Howard Shook

District 12: Joyce M. Sheperd

District 3: Ivory Lee Young

District 8: J.P. Matzigkeit

Post 1 At-Large: Michael Julian Bond

District 4: Cleta Winslow

District 9: Dustin Hillis

Post 2 At-Large: Matt Westmoreland

District 5: Natalyn Mosby Archibong

District 10: Andrea L. Boone

Post 3 At-Large: Andre Dickens

Council information, committee agendas and more may be found on the Atlanta City Council website here. Video archives of the council’s regularly scheduled meetings, committee meetings and work sessions may be found here.


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