Nominate an outstanding older Ohioan for the Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Honor recognizes elders who demonstrate what it means to live "Well Beyond 60"

Ohio's Senior Citizens Hall of Fame honors and recognizes the vital role older adults play in their communities, state, and nation while it promotes the benefits of active, productive, and purposeful living at all points in our lives. The Ohio Department of Aging is accepting nominations for outstanding individuals to be inducted into the 2016 Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame. Individuals and organizations interested in nominating a neighbor, colleague, family member, or friend may download a nomination form or submit a nomination online by clicking here.

To be eligible for the Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame:

  • Individuals must be age 60 or older.
  • A native-born Ohioan or a resident of Ohio for at least 10 years.
  • Posthumous nominations will be accepted.
  • Nominee must be aware of and consent to this nomination.
  • Self-nominations will not be accepted.

"Respected gerontologist Barry Barkan defines an elder as someone 'who is still growing, still a learner, still with potential and whose life continues to have within it promise for and connection to the future,'" said Bonnie K. Burman, Sc.D., director of the department. "At the Department of Aging, we believe this is part of the secret to living 'Well Beyond 60.' Our elders deserve our respect and gratitude, and the Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame exists to demonstrate how society is stronger because of them."

Nominees will be evaluated on one or both of these criteria:

  1. The impact that their contributions and accomplishments have had in keeping Ohio on the leading edge of innovation and responsiveness to the growing and changing aging population, AND/OR
  2. The degree to which they are respected and vital members of society who continue to thrive, grow and contribute.

An induction ceremony will be held in May, observed nationally as Older Americans Month. Nominations are accepted all year long, but to maximize your nominee's chances of being included in the May 2016 induction ceremony, please submit your nominations by February 15, 2016.

Those selected will join over 400 other older Ohioans inducted into the hall since its inception in 1977. Past inductees have included business and industry leaders, advocates, community planners, educators, scientists, health care professionals, volunteers, artists, athletes, and more. To learn more and view past inductees, visit