May is known nationally as Older Americans Month. Getting older doesn’t mean what it used to. For many aging Americans, it is a phase of life where interests, goals, and dreams can get a new or second start. Today, aging is about eliminating outdated perceptions and living the way that suits you best.
Since 1963, Older Americans Month has been a time to celebrate older Americans, their stories, and their contributions. Led by the Administration for Community Living (ACL), the annual observance offers a special opportunity to learn about, support, and recognize our nation’s older citizens. This year’s theme, “Age Out Loud,” emphasizes the ways older adults are living their lives with boldness, confidence, and passion while serving as an inspiration to people of all ages.
To recognize older adults who embody “Aging Out Loud”, the Athens Community Council on Aging recognized an individual from the community with the 2017 Distinguished Older Athenian Award. This year, ACCA was pleased to announce Anne Brightwell as the recipient of the 2017 Distinguished Older Athenian Award. This honor is awarded to a local citizen, age 60 or older, who has rendered service on a community level and is recognized as a role model for positive aging and has made a significant contribution to our community through professional, charitable, or volunteer efforts. Anne not only meets, but certainly exceeds these criteria.
Athens-Clarke County Mayor Nancy Denson presented Ms. Brightwell with the award at a ceremony held on May 31, 2017 at the Athens Community Council on Aging. All nominees were recognized and Anne received her award. This was a lovely event honoring the contributions of older adults in the Athens community.