2019 Age Well Live Well Award
May is known nationally as Older Americans Month. Since 1963, Older Americans Month has been a time to celebrate older Americans, their stories and their contributions. This annual observance offers a special opportunity to learn about, support and recognize our nation’s older citizens. This year’s theme, “Connect, Create and Contribute,” encourages older adults and their communities to connect with friends, family and services that support participation, create by engaging in activities that promote learning, health and personal enrichment and contribute time, talent and life experience to benefit others.
We know that communities like ours are stronger when we encourage the contributions of older adults. By engaging and supporting all community members, we recognize that older adults play a key role in the vitality of our neighborhoods, networks and lives.
An engaged population of seniors are healthier both mentally and physically. That’s why ACCA has for the last 52 years been committed to ensuring that all older adults in our community have the opportunity to age well. Through programs and services that meet basic needs, such as food and transportation and provide opportunities for personal fulfillment, ACCA is ensuring that individuals of all ages have the support they need to remain engaged in their communities throughout their lives.
And, older adults in our community are choosing to engage every day. People engage by helping neighbors, volunteering with their church or other community organizations, mentoring younger people, helping to raise grandchildren and so much more. They engage to stay healthy by learning to line-dance, managing a chronic disease, taking an exercise class or biking or hiking.
On May 29th, ACCA honored 11 Age Well Live Well Nominees who have chosen to engage in very meaningful and impactful ways. The Age Well Live Well award celebrates an outstanding older adult, age 60+, who is making a lasting impact on our community. With heart, dedication and experience this honoree shows us all how to Age Well and Live Well.
Barbara Benson was named ACCA’s 2019 Age Well Live Well Award recipient. Barbara and her fellow nominees, Betsy Bean, Geri Williams, Harold Rittenberry, Hilda Daniel, Jim Stephens, Lee Epting, Lucy McCannon, Marjorie Harris, Paul Dorsey, and Tim Johnson are all active and motivated community members who have made an impact in their communities and the hearts of others.
Congratulations to each of you and thank you for showing us all how to age and live well!
ACCA’s 2019 Age Well Live Well Award Nominees (L-R): Geri Williams, Harold Rittenberry, Jim Stephens, Lucy McCannon, Tim Johnson, Marjorie Harris, Paul Dorsey, Hilda Daniel and Betsy Bean
Eve Anthony, ACCA’s CEO, with Barbara Benson, ACCA’s 2019 Age Well Live Well Award Recipient