“Ohio is made stronger by the dedication, kindness and compassion of its citizens,” said Beverley Laubert, director of the department. “Inductees to the Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame exemplify the hard work and contribution of older Ohioans, as well as the vital roles they play in our communities and our state.” Past inductees have included business and industry leaders, advocates, community planners, educators, scientists, health care professionals, volunteers, artists, entertainers, athletes and more. Nominees are evaluated on the scope and impact of their contributions begun or continued after age 60. Nominees must be native-born Ohioans or have been residents of the state for at least 10 years. Posthumous nominations are accepted. Induction is held each May as the state and nation celebrate Older Americans Month. Those selected for the Hall of Fame will join more than 450 older Ohioans inducted into the hall since its inception in 1978. Visit www.aging.ohio.gov/halloffame to learn more and view past inductees. Nominations must be received by Monday, Feb. 5, to guarantee consideration for 2018 induction. 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 collaborate 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.