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Georgia ranks low in elder abuse protection
The personal-finance website WalletHub recently released its 2021 States with the Best Elder-Abuse Protections report. By one estimate, elder abuse affects as much as 10% of those over 60, and many cases go unreported. Georgia ranked 40th overall of the 50 states and the District of Columbia and even lower in specific categories. The state is tied with several others at 48 for the lowest total expenditures on elder-abuse prevention. Georgia is 50th in lowest nursing home quality. To see the whole report, go to

A Conversation on Aging Services in Northeast Georgia
The state’s Division of Aging Services needs your input at a virtual meeting on May 12, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. The conversation will focus on the Georgia State Plan on Aging, a strategic plan for identifying and addressing needs, and the Intrastate Funding Formula, which allocates federal funds for aging services to the state’s 12 Area Agencies on Aging. For general questions and the link to the meeting, email

Good to Know

Calendar for Grown-Ups
Are you looking for something to do in Athens and the surrounding areas? Do you want to promote your event? Take a look at our Boom Calendar for Grown-Ups on our Boom Magazine home page at Check the Boom Calendar weekly and add your events. It’s a great way to create buzz about your event and share with a simple click to social media. You can also quickly and easily beef up your promotion with an ad or calendar sponsorship.

May is Older Americans’ Month
Every May, the Administration for Community Living (ACL) leads the nation’s observance of Older Americans Month. In 2022, ACL will focus on aging in place — how older adults can plan to stay in their homes and live independently in their communities for as long as possible. The 2022 theme is Age My Way, an opportunity for organizations and communities to explore the many ways older adults can remain in and be involved with their communities. Check the Athens Community Council on Aging calendar at for events to celebrate the month

Plan Now to Pay for Long-Term Care
Imagine that your parent needs long-term care to the tune of $100,000 a year—from now on. If you don’t have that kind of money, what would you sell first? How would you pay for this care? Medicare won’t cover it. Health insurance won’t cover it. Medicaid might, but only after you’ve spent everything.
If you’re attempting to qualify an elderly loved one for Medicaid, it’s easy to make innocent mistakes that can cost many thousands of dollars in penalties and delays. Here are five of the most common mistakes:

  1. Taking spend-down advice from a non-expert
  2. Thinking that IRS gifting rules apply to Medicaid
  3. Not keeping accurate financial records
  4. Not making provisions for the well spouse
  5. Waiting until a crisis happens to start planning

Your best bet is to plan for Medicaid qualification as early as possible. It becomes much more difficult later.

Fun to Do

5k run/walk for Parkinson’s
Outpace Parkinson’s 7 is on the way, both onsite and virtually. The annual 5k run/walk to benefit Parkinson’s disease research is scheduled for April 30, beginning at 8 a.m. at Sandy Creek Park, Pavilion 1. To qualify for a t-shirt, register by midnight, April 13 at Late registration available on race day 7-8 a.m. A full slate of awards will be offered, as well as plenty of refreshments and opportunities to socialize. Details are at

Rabbit Box storytelling
Topics are set for the April and May Rabbit Box shows at the VFW Post 2872 at 835 Sunset Dr. The April 26 theme is “Lives Interrupted: Crime Victims’ Stories.” The May 24 show is an Anniversary Show as Rabbit Box turns 10. If you have a story related to either of these two themes, pitch your story at A food truck and a cash-only bar will be available. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the show starts at 7 p.m. General admission at the door is $10 or $8 via Venmo or credit card ahead of time.

Athens Symphony Pops Concert
Food and music come together at the annual “Picnic at the Pops” on Friday and Saturday, April 29 and 30, beginning at 8 p.m. both nights. The free performances by the Athens Symphony Orchestra are held in The Classic Center Grand Hall, with tables for 10 set up for a typical crowd of about 1,200. Guests are free to decorate a table. For more information, go to

Into the Woods
Town and Gown Theatre presents Stephen Sondheim’s play “Into the Woods” April 28-May 1 at 115 Grady Ave. For times and tickets, visit

Free Choral Concert May 5
The Athens Choral Society celebrates its 50th anniversary with a free concert at UGA’s Hodgson Hall on May 5, 7:30 p.m. Athens’s oldest non-audition community chorus will perform “Music for a Royal Occasion,” by G.F. Handel and a special work commissioned for the anniversary. A reception follows in the lobby of the Georgia Museum of Art.

Women Veterans make a splash!
Non-profit Athens-based Humble Warrior Wellness & Yoga, Inc. (Humble Warrior) provides wellness support and services to women veterans and women first responders. Humble Warrior co-hosted “Women in the Waters!” at the Georgia Aquarium in March, along with the nonprofit LifeWaters and Georgia Military Women. Certified SCUBA divers and experienced snorkelers participated in an amazing underwater experience with whale sharks, giant manta rays and a rescue sea turtle. The event provided adventure, support, connections and great memories for more than 40 veteran women. “This was by far the most amazing and humbling thing I have done,” U.S. Navy veteran Tess O’Brien says.

This article was written by the BoomAthens Staff.

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