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Don’t miss your opportunity to honor an older adult in your community with a nomination to the Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame Bookmark


Deadline for 2020 consideration is Nov. 29, 2019

Columbus, Ohio – The deadline to nominate an outstanding older adult for the 2020 Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame is Friday, Nov. 29, 2019. Nominations can be submitted online at Eligible nominees are native-born Ohioans or long-time Ohio residents age 60 and older who have contributed significantly to their communities, their lines of work, or other endeavors.

“Our older Ohioans have made and continue to make our state a better place to live, work, play, and raise a family,” said Ursel J. McElroy, director of the Ohio Department of Aging. “The Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame honors individuals who demonstrate the value of engaging at any age.”

Recent inductees to the Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame have included business leaders, doctors, scientists, veterans, politicians, athletes, artists, writers, volunteers, philanthropists, and more. Since 1976, more than 486 individuals have been inducted.

Inductees are chosen from public nominations and are evaluated on the scope and impact of their contributions begun or continued after age 60. Posthumous nominations are accepted, provided the date of death is within the last five years and the nominee was age 60 or older at the time of death. New members are inducted each May as the state and nation celebrate Older Americans Month.

Learn more and access the nomination form at

About ODA – The Ohio Department of Aging serves and advocates for the needs of Ohioans age 60 and older, as well as their families, caregivers and communities. Programs include home and community based long-term supports and services, as well as initiatives to promote health and wellness throughout the lifespan. Visit


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