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2016 Groundbreaker Awards

Between 2000 and 2015, the number of people in the metro area age 65 and older almost doubled, and by 2030 one in five residents will be over 60. This “graying” of our population will have major implications in the years to come. So what can we do to make Atlanta an all-ages city—a better place to grow old? That’s the question we’ve asked in choosing the finalists for our fifth annual Atlanta Magazine Groundbreaker Awards. Our 12 honorees—from a mental health center designed to treat older adults, to a government program that’s challenging Atlanta’s communities to adapt to senior residents, to a unique preschool program that’s promoting cross-generational connections—are meeting the challenges posed by aging head-on, with ingenuity, purpose, and compassion. Read more about the 2016 nominees here. Congratulations to Dr. Monica Parker, who was named the 2016 Groundbreaker of the Year at our annual ceremony.