COLUMBUS - The Ohio Department of Aging today issued a call for nominations for outstanding older individuals to be inducted into the Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame. The hall honors and recognizes the vital role our elders play in their communities, across the state and nationwide, while it promotes the benefits of active, productive and purposeful living at all points in our lives. Individuals and organizations interested in nominating a neighbor, colleague, family member or friend may visit www.aging.ohio.gov/news/nominations/ for more information, to submit a nomination or download the nomination form.
"Inductees to the Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame are elders who set an example for us all by living lives not defined by age, but rather by the work we do to improve the lives of those around us," said Bonnie Kantor-Burman, director of the department. "They are community leaders, educators, advocates, artists, healers, business people, scientists and more, and our state is a better place because of their contributions."
Nominees for the Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame must be age 60 or older and be native-born Ohioans or a resident of the state for at least 10 years. Posthumous nominations will be accepted. The nominee, or a representative of the nominee if he or she is unable, must consent to the nomination. Self-nominations are not accepted.
Nominees will be evaluated on the impact of their current contributions, or a continuation of contributions begun before age 60, in areas of endeavor including, but not limited to:
- Public Service/Volunteerism
Those selected will join more than 350 older Ohioans inducted into the hall since its inception in 1978. To learn more and view past inductees, visit www.aging.ohio.gov/news/halloffame/.
About ODA - The Ohio Department of Aging provides leadership for the delivery of services and supports that improve and promote quality of life and personal choice for older Ohioans, adults with disabilities, their families and their caregivers. Working with 12 area agencies on aging and other community partners, the department offers home- and community-based Medicaid waiver programs such as PASSPORT, the long-term care ombudsman program, the Golden Buckeye Card and more. Visit www.aging.ohio.gov.
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