COLUMBUS - The Ohio Department of Aging is accepting nominations for outstanding older individuals to be inducted into the 2013 Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame. The hall honors 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.
"More than ever, communities rely on older adults to play an active role and set an example for other generations to follow," said Bonnie Kantor-Burman, director of the department. "Candidates for the Hall of Fame are pioneers, leaders, teachers, artists, helpers and doers who live lives defined not by age, but by the good work they have done and continue to do."
Nominees for the Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame must be age 60 or older and be native-born Ohioans or residents of the state for at least 10 years. Posthumous nominations will be accepted. The nominee (or a representative of the nominee) 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:
- Community Activism
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 works to ensure that our elders are respected as vital members of society who continue to grow, thrive and contribute. We work with state agencies and community partners, including area agencies on aging, to help integrate aging needs into local plans and ensure that aging Ohioans have access to a wide array of high-quality services and supports that are person-centered in policy and practice. Our programs include the PASSPORT Medicaid waiver, caregiver support, the long-term care ombudsman program, the Golden Buckeye Card and more. Visit www.aging.ohio.gov.
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