Middletown resident receives Outstanding Caregiver Award

Friday, April 8, 2016

Mary McConnell
Mary McConnell received the Outstanding Caregiver Award at Council on Aging's 2016 Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony, March 9

Mary McConnell, a teacher from Middletown, received the Outstanding Caregiver Award from Council on Aging for her extraordinary efforts in caring for her mother, who has advanced Alzheimer’s.

McConnell was honored at Council on Aging’s annual meeting March 9 at the Sharonville Convention Center.  In heartfelt and moving words, she spoke about the challenges and joys of caregiving and received a standing ovation.

Every day after school, McConnell picks up her mother from and Adult Day Center and includes her in her daily routine.  They go out to dinner, go to the hairdresser and enjoy outings with friends. In short, she does everything she can to help her mother stay active and engaged with life, taking for herself only six hours of respite a week, on Sundays.

“Family caregivers are at the center of the entire system of caring for frail seniors and people with disabilities” said Council on Aging President and CEO Suzanne Burke. “Our services supplement their efforts and support them so they can keep their loved ones at home. We have deep respect for what they do.”