“Older adults are an increasingly vital part of our society. Inductees to the Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame demonstrate to their peers and other generations that we can – and we must – continue to grow, thrive and contribute throughout our lives,” said Stephanie M. Loucka, director of the department. “Their stories are compelling and represent a lifetime of dedication, ingenuity, perseverance, kindness and compassion.” In addition to being age 60 or older, nominees must be native-born Ohioans or residents of the state for at least 10 years. Posthumous nominations are accepted. Nominees are evaluated on the scope and impact of their contributions begun or continued after age 60. Honorees will be inducted into the Hall of Fame during a special ceremony at the Ohio Statehouse in May. Past inductees have included business and industry leaders, advocates, community planners, educators, scientists, health care professionals, volunteers, artists, athletes and more. Notable individuals among the more than 450 older Ohioans currently in the Hall of Fame include John and Annie Glenn, Earle Bruce, Rocco Scotti, Paul Newman, Bob and Jewell Evans and others. Learn more, access the nomination form and view past inductees on our website . Nominations must be received by Monday, Feb. 6, to guarantee consideration for 2017 induction. About ODA - The Ohio Department of Aging works to ensure that Ohio is on the leading edge of innovation in responding to the growing and changing aging population. We work with state agencies, area agencies on aging and other local partners 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, the long-term care ombudsman program, the Golden Buckeye Card and more. Visit www.aging.ohio.gov .