Statewide nominations for ‘Aging Well Award’ sought

March 22, 2019

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Bureau of Senior Services announced that citizens can submit nominations for its first annual Aging Well Award.

The Aging Well Award will be given in recognition of older adults and the key roles they play in the vitality of their neighborhoods, communities and lives of others. Every May the Bureau celebrates West Virginians 60 years of age or older during Older Americans Month.

Since 1963, Older Americans Month has been observed by the Administration on Aging to recognize older Americans and their contributions to our communities. This year’s theme, “Connect, Create, Contribute,” emphasizes the enormous, positive impact of older adults to connect to family and friends, create healthy lifestyles and contribute their talents and lifetime of experience to benefit others.

The West Virginia Bureau of Senior Services is highlighting the celebration by hosting workshops, demonstrations and entertainment, as well as having many participating partners in a day-long program on Friday, May 17, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Charleston Town Center Mall. Additional details will be sent as they are confirmed. “West Virginia is a terrific state in which to age well,” said Commissioner Robert Roswall. “We encourage everyone to nominate individuals and share their story about how they have connected, created or contributed to their family and community to age well in West Virginia.”

Selected nominees will be honored during a special presentation at 2 p.m. May 17 at Charleston Town Center Mall.

Nomination forms can be found at the following link: http://www.wvseniorservices.gov/SpecialEvents/Connect-CreateContribute/tabid/152/Default.aspx or contact Julie Craigo at julie.craigo@wv.gov. The deadline is April 23.