June 28, 2007
ATLANTA (GA) – Some people devote years of their lives to providing services for Georgia’s older population and at-risk adults. Even though their services are appreciated, sometimes they don’t receive the recognition they deserve. To honor individuals for the great work they have done at senior centers, the Georgia Division of Aging Services (DAS) established an "Outstanding Senior Center Manager of the Year Award." The first recipient of the award was Josephine B. Brown, manager of the Newton County Senior Services at Turner Lake, 6183 Turner Lake Road in Covington. The award was given at the "Living Longer, Living Stronger with Food, Fun and Fitness 10th Annual Healthy Aging Summit" that was held recently at the Marriott Augusta Hotel & Suites in Augusta. Brown received the award in recognition of her more than 36 years of service, where she brought the center from a one-room facility to a complex which has an in-door walking track, a ceramic room, computer lab, fellowship hall and cafeteria, an arts and crafts room and a large banquet room. Her center has received many awards for innovative programs and their senior walking program has logged more than 8,500 miles since September 2006.
Others honors included the "Live Healthy Georgia Champion of the Year Award" which was given to Darrell Stone, 95, of Gordon County who likes writing poetry and painting. He
attends the Gordon County Senior Center daily and participates in many activities, including dancing. His message to young people today is "Never smoke and drink alcoholic beverages, be careful about driving vehicles and eat and drink nutritious foods. "
The recipient of the "2007 Partnership for Better Health Award" was Procter & Gamble (P&G) for their product innovation and commitment to improving the quality of life for people living around the world. In Georgia, under the leadership of John W. Dorsey and his team, P&G has gained respect and accountability for support in three of their focus areas: musculoskeletal, gastrointestinal and women’s health. Through their support for osteoporosis education and prevention programs, more than 55,000 Georgians have received free bone density screenings and educational materials. Dorsey and his team have been very supportive of the DAS wellness initiatives and have provided educational grants for the DAS sponsored healthy aging summits for the past five years.
"Our local partners have done an outstanding job in helping us realize our goal of assisting older adults, their families and caregivers to achieve safe, healthy, independent and self-reliant lives," said DAS Director Maria Greene. "These awards are our way of acknowledging the work that happens at the local level to improve the lives of older Georgians. It was especially appropriate to take time out from training at the Healthy Aging Summit to applaud these real role models of leadership and action."
There were 12 nominations for the "Outstanding Senior Center Manager of the Year Award," one for each of the 12 planning and service areas of the Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs). The judges gave a numeric value on each of the categories on the nomination application. To qualify, a candidate had to have: one or more years in the senior center manager position; specific information and examples of innovative projects or programs he had developed and implemented; served as a champion of wellness at the senior center and in the community; built community partnerships to improve quality of services provided; displayed leadership skills and accomplishments; and examples of volunteerism in the community.
DAS is a part of the Georgia Department of Human Resources. For additional information about services for older adults and at-risk individuals, visit DAS’s website at http://aging.dhr.georgia.gov or contact your local Area Agency on Aging. For information on DAS’ Nutrition and Wellness Program, visit www.livewellagewell.info.
For information, contact:
Edna Jackson; 404-657-1386