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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Nominate a special caregiver for COA's awards program

2015 award winners
Pictured (from left) Outstanding Services Provider, David Lytle, Council on Aging Board of Trustees Chairman, William Thornton, and Outstanding Caregiver, Donald Neyer. Click here to read more about these special caregivers.  

"There are only four kinds of people in the world: those who have been caregivers, those who currently are caregivers, those who will be caregivers, and those who will need caregivers." - Rosalynn Carter

With more than 65 million Americans serving as a caregiver, you are sure to know to someone serving in this role - whether personally or professionally. Council on Aging's Annual Awards honor those caregivers (our friends, colleagues, clients, and employees) who work to make life better for older adults and people with disabilities.

We are now accepting nominations for our 2016 Annual Awards Program. Click here for nomination form. The nomination deadline has been extended until January 22, 2016.

The award categories are:

OUTSTANDING PROFESSIONAL IN AGING - Honors an individual who consistently demonstrates all-around excellence in his or her professional arena. Nominees have established themselves as leaders in the field of aging and have made a significant contribution to services for older adults and their families in Southwestern Ohio. Award recipients are those who have had a profound and lasting impact through such endeavors as: teaching, research, advocacy, care management, planning, program development or organizational leadership. All nominees must be employed in COA’s service area: Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Hamilton or Warren counties. Past winners include: Kim Clark, Council on Aging; Lynn Melzer, Cincinnati Recreation Commission; Ann Sutton Burke, Jewish Family Services. 

OUTSTANDING DIRECT SERVICE PROVIDER (Professional or Volunteer) – Honors an individual who performs an outstanding job providing direct service to older adults or people with disabilities which enhances their quality of life and independence. The nomination must show that the nominee exemplifies a strong commitment to the rights of older adults and people with disabilities. All nominees must be employed in COA’s service area: Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Hamilton or Warren counties. Past winners include: David Lytle, Clermont Senior Services; Rosalind Burnett, Interim Health Care; Margo McMurray, Council on Aging.

OUTSTANDING CAREGIVER AWARD – Honors a family or “informal” caregiver who does an outstanding job providing compassionate care for an older adult or person with disabilities by making his or her life easier, better and longer. The nomination must demonstrate that the nominee respects the rights of the care recipient and provides consistent dedication to the care of the older adult or person with disabilities. All nominees must reside in COA’s service area: which includes: Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Hamilton or Warren counties. Past Winners include: Donald Neyer, Hamilton County; Mayme Gillaspy, Clermont County; Ron Hitchcock, Warren County

Award winners will be honored at COA`s Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony, March 9 at the Sharonville Convention Center. The meeting will include a buffet lunch, brief overview of COA`s 2015 Annual Report from CEO Suzanne Burke, and the awards ceremony.

COA`s annual meeting and award ceremony is part of the Forum on Aging scheduled for March 8-9, 2016. The conference features nationally recognized keynote speakers and workshops designed with today`s aging network professional in mind. Click here for more information on Forum on Aging.

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