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Retirement Living in Conyers (Rockdale County) - Georgia


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Area Description

We are located 25 miles east of Atlanta, and 45 miles west of Athens. The city of Conyers is the county seat of Rockdale County. Rockdale County is the second smallest county out of 159 counties in Georgia. Conyers-Rockdale has many attractions such as: 1. The Monastery of the Holy Spirit (a Cistercian Trappist Monk Community). On a 2,300 protected acres of campus you'll find a variety of things to do. Their latest addition to the campus is a visitor center and historic museum. You can also join the monks for daily prayer several times during the day. Explore the Monastery's wooded paths, lakes, peaceful walking trails and picnic areas, which make up one of the largest green spaces in the Atlanta area. Visitors may explore the Bonsai Garden and Nursery, The Abbey Gifts & Book Store (the largest spiritual bookstore in Georgia). Here you will also be able to purchase Monk-made fudge, biscotti and fruitcake, beautiful crafted stained glass, unique gifts and jewelry. They also have a retreat house with planned activities throughout the year. Nestled into more than 1,000 acres of permanently protected wetlands, streams and native hardwood forests, Honey Creek Woodlands consist of 70 acres designated for the burial grounds (of all faiths) containing hundreds of plant species and abundant wildlife. 2. A 1996 Olympic Venue, the Georgia International Horse Park that is 1,400 acres with many things to do there. They hold year round events, many free to the public. As well as private parties for family reunions, weddings, sporting events, and company picnics. While they are primarily known for Equestrian and Mountain Biking, you can enjoy other activities such as the Big Haynes Creek Nature Center, geocaching, arboretum memorial garden, the Cherokee Run Golf Club, horse riding trails, the well known annual event hosted by GIHP - The (2 day) Cherry Blossom Festival. 3. The Historic District of Olde Town Conyers which has many charming features. For one, a renovated historic Train Depot that serves as a regional Welcome Center for the state of Georgia. Also located in Olde Town Conyers and on display is the Milstead locomotive lovingly called the "Dinky". There is also a beautiful botanical garden of almost two acres -The Lewis Vaughn Botanical Garden. With many native plants to the Piedmont region, there is also a waterfall, benches and koi ponds. You will also find a 6,400 sq ft pavilion adjacent to the garden with public restrooms. There are year round events taking place under the pavilion. With many historic homes, a nearby mill community, we also have an active Historical Society, Arts Community with a small black box theater, framing shops, and art galleries, music, ballet, and yoga studio. Olde Town Conyers is part of the Georgia Civil War Heritage Trails, as well as Sherman's March to the Sea Heritage Trail. Along with retail and dining in Olde Town Conyers, we also have one of the largest libraries in the area - the Nancy Guinn Memorial Library. With a paved trail by the PATH Foundation that offers walkable connectivity to nearby sites, you'll enjoy many of the amenities to the area. 4. There is no other Veterans War Memorial like our very own here in Conyers - The Walk of Heroes Veterans War Memorial is an impressive six acre memorial park which includes the entrance to the memorial, a fountain, a master plan of phases to the site, a pathway that will lead you through the memorial, and a statue of five soldiers. I should also mention (at the time of this published article) that there is free admission, ample parking, a good size botanical garden, a military helicopter, and public restrooms with a water fountain located at the front entrance to the memorial site. They are open daily except closed on Wednesdays. If you are planning to visit, be sure to check their website beforehand. This park is adjacent to one of the county's many parks - Black Shoals Park & Randy Poynter's Lake. 5. Rockdale County is also fortunate enough to have a state park located at the south side - Panola Mountain State Park. It is home to many rare plants of the Piedmont region. Encompassing 1635 acres, Panola Mountain is often compared to Stone Mountain, one of the world's largest pieces of exposed granite. There are so many activities planned there throughout the year, picnic tables, nature center, bike rentals, PATH trail, lakes, fishing, guided tours with the ranger, archery, tree climbing, primitive camping, and more.

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   If you love outdoors, Conyers-Rockdale is for you. Between our State Park, County Parks & Recreation Department, our various golf courses, many trail systems, lakes, wetlands, our grand attractions, you'll stay refreshed all year long. If you love to eat, Conyers and Rockdale offer a wide variety of dishes from around the world. With over 150+ restaurants to choose from, it would be difficult to run out of options. We are on the state trails recognized for the "Brews & Q's" trail (Beer and BBQ), as well as the newly formed zombies to vampire trail - The Undead Trail for it's TV production filming locations. We have Antique shops if that's one of your hobbies, with many more in reasonable driving distance. Stone Mountain Park is nearby, as well as a mall. We should also mention we are a location site for many popular TV shows and major movie productions.

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Conyers has a long running Arts Community. In 1989 the Conyers/Rockdale Council for the Arts was established in an effort to enhance the cultural offerings in Rockdale County. The CRCA facility located in Olde Town Conyers is home a 99-seat black box theatre and offices. Nearby to the CRCA facility, the Rockdale Auditorium has wonderful acoustics and ample seating. The council presents the Pre School Pops Series here as well as other events. It is located at 903 Main Street. Other cultural activities include a variety of music festivals, summer film festivals, song writer showcases, open mic nights, and stage productions by the New Depot Players.

Supporting businesses nearby to Olde Town are ballet schools, music, framing shops, art and yoga studios.

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The nearest commercial air service is out of the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Approximately 30 airlines serve this airport which is located approximately 32 miles from Conyers.
Closest location to Conyers to catch MARTA is the Indian Creek station. To get to the station, take I- 20 West to 285 North. Follow 285 to the Indian Creek MARTA Station exit. Estimated Trip Time to the Indian Creek Station: 35 minutes. Rail system operates from 5 a.m. to 1 a.m. MARTA's rail system operates from approximately 5 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Friday and from 5 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. weekends and holidays. Bus Service: Greyhound Bus Line. Railroads: Norfolk Southern offers piggyback service at Atlanta. CSX offers rail service at Conyers and piggyback service from Atlanta.

Medical Facilities


Rockdale Medical Center (RMC) is a vital part of the community, dedicated to making Rockdale County and the surrounding area a healthier place to live. Since our founding in 1954, RMC has constantly evolved to meet the diverse healthcare needs of the patients who trust us with their care.

Our mission statement, “We treat every person like a member of our family,” is a reflection of the fact that our patients are neighbors, family members and colleagues. Our caring physicians, nurses and staff are dedicated to providing the highest quality medical care, using their expertise, experience and advanced technology to prevent, diagnose and treat medical issues in a safe, professional, family friendly environment.

RMC’s 138-bed acute-care hospital offers an extensive range of in-patient and out-patient services and leading-edge technology. Rockdale Medical Center is fully accredited by The Joint Commission, which evaluates hospital patient care for quality, safety and value.

Climate

Monthly Temperatures / Rainfall

 Month  Low  Avg  High  Rain
 Jan  31.3  41.7  52.1  5.2 "
 Feb  33.7  45.6  57.6  4.6 "
 Mar  41.0  53.6  66.3  5.3 "
 Apr  47.6  60.9  74.2  3.6 "
 May  56.6  69.0  81.5  3.7 "
 Jun  64.5  76.2  87.8  3.8 "
 Jul  68.3  79.5  90.6  4.6 "
 Aug  67.6  78.3  89.0  4.1 "
 Sep  61.8  72.7  83.5  3.5 "
 Oct  49.3  61.5  73.8  3.1 "
 Nov  40.7  52.4  64.1  3.7 "
 Dec  33.6  44.1  54.7  4.0 "


Since we have four distinct seasons, and our love for nature and the outdoors, we have year round activites for all ages. Winter is great for ice skating in Olde Town Conyers. Typical annual schedule is middle of November through early February at the Pavilion. We also host many holiday events such as a Christmas Party for the community, a hometown holiday parade, various Christmas concerts, and a tree lighting ceremony. For the Spring season, gardens abound and brings out all the beautiful blooming trees and plants around Conyers and Rockdale. We have perfect locations for picnics, lakes and fishing, rivers for kayaking/canoe, trails for walking, jogging, biking, horseback riding, dog-walking, and geocaching. You can't forget our annual events hosted by the City of Conyers/GIHP such as the long running, 2 day festival - the Cherry Blossom Festival held at the Georgia International Horse Park. Guests and vendors travel from many states to attend this award winning festival. Also in Spring is the World's Fastest Growing St. Patrick's Day Parade held in Olde Town Conyers. Then typically in May is our Taste of Conyers & Car Show held in Olde Town Conyers. For summer, the kids are out of school, we try to cool down a bit with summer night film series, a musical festival, painting parties and such. For Fall, we have the most beautiful sites for "leaf changing" season. With the entire county surrounded by natural parks, you can imagine the photographers haven we experience for fall. Some events we provide are our longest running festival - Olde Town Conyers Fall Festival. Visitors travel from several counties to attend this annual event.

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Cost of Living for Conyers (Rockdale County), GA

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A wide variety of housing is available in Conyers-Rockdale county. from historic homes, brick, gated, tree lined, condo/townhome, duplex, apartments, mansions, 55+ Active Adult communities....you name it, it's probably here.

Senior Assistance in Conyers (Rockdale County), GA

Conyers (Rockdale County), Georgia offers the following assistance for seniors:


The Olivia Haydel Senior Center provides a host of gaming activities, including a recreation room with billiards and ping pong, board games, bean bag baseball boards and video game consoles that encourage active movement. Seniors also gather in the game room to play canasta, bridge and mahjong. Bingo tournaments are frequently held at the center complete with prizes. Groups will often make trips to the shuffleboard courts at the nearby Rockdale Government Annex and sometimes participate in regional tournaments. Avid bowlers can meet at Conyers’ AMF American Lanes for Senior Fun Day every Wednesday afternoon.

Arts and Crafts
Get in touch with your inner artist at the center as it stages a series of arts and crafts workshops. Learn how to mold, fire and paint your own ceramic masterpiece. During the holidays, the center holds classes where you can learn to make your own decorations. The on-site boutique is open on weekdays and sells an array of home goods and clothing, many of which are made by local merchants and artisans.

Body and Mind
The on-site fitness center, outfitted with weights and exercise equipment, is open during the center’s regular hours. The center also hosts special workouts, including yoga, Pilates and line dancing classes, and meditation classes for winding down. The Golden Trotters Walking Club enjoys leisurely walks four times a week at Johnson Park’s Carr Gym. You can also sign up for water aerobics at the nearby Johnson Park Recreation Center Pool.
Socializing

Embark on a group shopping excursion at the nearby outlet malls, participate in the talent shows or simply mingle with your fellow seniors by grabbing lunch or dinner at the center's on-site dining room. The center is also the meeting spot for the local Red Hat Society branch, a social club for women age 50 and up, and the Senior Site Council, an organization that comes up with fundraising and programming ideas for the center. The center also elects a Valentine's Day king and queen to participate in local parades and festivals. Sign up for day or overnight bus trips to such hot spots as Atlanta or Nashville.

Job or Volunteer Opportunities

We have many welcoming opportunities within Conyers and Rockdale. To name a few, volunteers are needed at the local hospital, public school system, Chamber of Commerce, events with the city and county, the senior service center, and many churches throughout.

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