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FAQ Topics

Is a membership fee required to use a senior center ?

Yes, CSS membership is required to participate in activities and events at all of the senior centers. Membership is on an annual basis, determined by the date you enroll. Your CSS membership is valid at all Cobb County senior centers.

Cobb county residents: $60 per year
Non-Cobb residents: $90 per year

Create your membership online

Please see staff at the center for more information.

I wish to participate in senior center activities. Do I need to use the one nearest my house?

No, seniors (age 55 and above) are welcome to participate in trips, classes, special events and designated ongoing activities at any of the five senior centers. For information about each center, please refer to our facilities page.

What's a good way to get involved at a senior center?

What activities you participate in and how often are up to you! Signing up for monthly day trips, lunch & learn programs, classes or ongoing activities are good ways to meet others and wonderful ways to get you started. Call the centers for specific details and join the fun!

Do you have dances at the senior centers?

Some of the centers have dance clubs that meet at their facilities regularly. Check with the center nearest you for a schedule.

Do you have pool tables at the senior centers?

Pool tables are available at West Cobb, East Cobb, North Cobb and Freeman Poole. They are available for use from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday, unless there is a prearranged class or program.

What other activities do senior centers offer?

The seniors centers provide nutrition, health, counseling and educational programs, exercise classes and recreational trips. Leisure activities, such as music, arts and crafts, games, and special events are also offered. The centers are open Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

Are the senior centers available for rent to non-senior groups?

The centers are available for senior groups to use as a meeting space based upon availability of rooms and dates, during regular business hours. The centers are not available for private parties or non-senior groups. An application for rental or room reservation is to be filled out and returned to the center, where availability will be checked by the facility coordinator.

Do you offer transportation to the senior centers?

Transportation services are provided to seniors who have been determined eligible by an assessment as needing the service.

Do you provide transportation outside of Cobb County?

No, but CobbLinc does have routes that travel to MARTA and GRTA stops. Visit their Routes and Schedules page for more information.

Do I automatically qualify for Medicare when I turn 65 yrs old?

You must call the local Social Security office (800) 772-1213 to verify if you qualify based on the number of quarters (years) you have worked. 

Where do I apply for Medicaid?
  • If you have children you can apply at the Department of Family and Children Services.
  • If you are an adult under the age of 65 yrs old you must apply with Social Security for Disability.
  • If you are 65 yrs old, or disabled and Social Security denied your application, then you can apply thru Medicaid for limited coverage.
Can an assessment for services be completed over the telephone?

Assessments can only be completed face-to-face with the potential client and the Program Leader. Interviews are usually scheduled between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Can I volunteer with Cobb Senior Services?

We welcome volunteers at all of our Centers. To explore volunteer opportunities, please contact the Center nearest you. To volunteer for our Meals on Wheels or Computers 4 Seniors programs, please contact (770) 528-1445.

Why is membership being instituted?

In 2012, the Citizens Oversight Committee brought together county citizens to look at the overall operations of the county and address areas where we could build sustainability and augment services. The goals were to assess organizational structure, review revenues and expenses, establish service priorities, evaluate budget options and make recommendations.

Read the Citizens Oversight Committee Report

Pages 12-15 Executive Summary; 104-105 Senior Services Recommendations

I no longer want to attend the center; will my membership be refunded?

No. Refunds of membership will not be given.

I am a member of the Senior Citizen Council so do I still need a CSS membership?

Yes. Your CSS membership is not related to your Senior Citizen Council membership.

How do I become a member?

There are two (2) easy ways to create your membership:

  1. You may register at a Cobb County senior center in person, at which time you will receive your membership card.
  2. You may register online; however, you must bring your printed transaction receipt to a senior center in order to receive your membership card. No membership cards will be mailed.

You may pay your membership annually OR on a monthly consecutive payment plan of $5 Cobb residents; $7.50 Non-residents. Note: Your account balance will accrue when on the payment plan.

You will be charged $5 for a replacement card.

I currently have an Aquatics membership card with Cobb PARKS; will I get a new card with the CSS membership?

No. You will not receive a new membership card when obtaining a CSS membership. The two (2) memberships will be attached to the card originally assigned through PARKS, and vice versa. 

Is there a discount for couples?

No. There will not be a discount for couples; each person will need a CSS membership.

Will everything be free once I become a member?

No. Some activities will be free, such as Cooking Matters and Matter of Balance classes, etc., access to the workout facilities and coffee. However, some activities will have an assessed cost, such as Bingo, cooking classes, parties, etc. Resident & Non-resident fees will apply.

Is my membership valid at all the senior centers?

Yes. Your CSS membership is valid at any Cobb County senior center.

Do first-time visitors (in-county or out of county) have to become a member?

No. Visitors will be able to use a guest pass which is valid for a one-time use. Guest passes are non-transferable and participation in classes are not included with a guest pass. Cost associated for an activity visitors are participating in during their visit (i.e. Lunch & Learn or craft workshop) will apply at Resident/Non-resident rates.

Does a County employee/spouse or retiree/spouse need to purchase a membership?

No. Membership is free for Cobb County Government employees, retirees, and their spouse age 55 regardless of residency. County employees must present their employee badge at time of creating membership. Retirees and spouses must present a letter from Human Resources at time of creating a membership.

Do family members of Cobb County employees get free memberships, such as they do with the aquatics centers?

No. Family members of County employees get free membership at aquatics centers as part of HR's wellness program for employees.  CSS's offerings are not part of that program therefore family members will not get a free membership. 

Do I have to pay for events/classes/trips in addition to the membership?

Yes. Classes/events/trips for which there is a charge will be in addition to the CSS membership.  Resident/Non-resident rates apply for events & classes; Member/Non-member rates apply for trips. Members will receive 10% discount on trips.

Do occasional participants, i.e. those who come to play pool or card players, have to become a member?

Yes. Your membership fee will depend upon your residency status.

How does this affect groups who use the centers for meetings?

Members of groups such as Lockheed, ATT Pioneers, Kiwanis, dance groups, Cobb County Retirees, etc. who only attend meetings will not be required to have a CSS membership. However, if members of such groups want to participate in other activities at the center they will need to have a CSS membership.

Do I need to be a member if I only want to take the trips?

No. However, if you are not a member, you (and any escort) will be charged the Non-resident fee to participate in the trips. Members receive a 10% discount on trips.

Is there a scholarship if someone can't afford classes?

No. The only scholarship available will be for membership.