Time to nominate inspiring seniors for awards

Posted Feb. 25, 2009, at 5:33 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 13, 2011, at 11:06 a.m.

Do you love to go out to eat but hate the hassle, crowds and expense? I have a wonderful new dining experience for you. It’s the Meals for ME community dining room at Bangor’s All Souls Church at the corner of State Street and Broadway, where you can enjoy good food and good times.

Everybody is welcome — even those who are not yet seniors. Why eat alone when you can dine with friends? Reservations are needed by 8 a.m. the day before, which you can make by calling 356-5360. The cost is $5, but for seniors a $3 donation is recommended.

This dining room also is the site of our George Hale Silver Frame Awards ceremony.

That’s right. It’s that time again. It’s time to start taking notice of the inspiring seniors in your life. Then put pen to paper, or fingers to keyboard, and let us know about them.

In May, in honor of Older Americans Month, Eastern Area Agency on Aging is holding the third annual George Hale Silver Frame Awards: The Picture of Active Aging in Eastern Maine.

George Hale, beloved broadcasting icon, is co-host of the George Hale and Ric Tyler Show on WVOM, 103.9, a station of Blueberry Broadcasting. Hale also does a sports commentary on WABI TV5 on Fridays.

“We are very excited about these awards because there are so many seniors doing great things in eastern Maine who deserved to be recognized,” said Noelle Merrill, executive director of Eastern Area Agency on Aging. “And George is so inspirational that he’s the perfect person for whom to name the award. He epitomizes active aging.”

EAAA is in search of nominees in two age groups: 60 to 75, and 76 and older — people who have shown themselves to be exceptional role models in one of the following categories:

ä Artistic-creative.

ä Fitness, enthusiast, adventurer.

ä Lifelong learner, community supporter, entrepreneur.

“The [artistic]-creative category includes painters, quilters, gardeners and others who are living vital lives and sharing their talents with the world, and we want to know about them,” said Merrill.

The second category — fitness, enthusiast, adventurer — means living life to the fullest extent possible.

“Clearly our many senior athletes demonstrate that as people age they don’t have to give up their physically active nature,” said Merrill.

The last category — lifelong learner, community supporter, entrepreneur — is an attitude of being open to new ideas and decisions, or an eagerness to learn new skills.

“It’s said that brain fitness can be developed by formal education, being actively mentally engaged in life, continuing to learn, and exercises designed to challenge cognitive skills,” said Merrill.

I am sure that by now, most of you are brimming with ideas of who to nominate, so here are the nuts and bolts of the contest.

To enter someone, complete a nomination form, which is available by calling EAAA at 941-2895 or by download from www.EAAA.org. Send the form with an essay of 350 to 500 words describing why the person is a good candidate for this award to: Noelle Merrill, EAAA, 450 Essex St., Bangor, ME 04401. You may enclose a photo, but it is not necessary.

“Please check with the nominee first, because some people don’t want to receive public recognition,” said Merrill. “But, we think that those who remain active and involved in the community are examples of greatness for the rest of us. We also would like to publish these essays to our Web site.”

The winner will have his or her picture taken with George, and will receive an engraved silver frame.

The deadline for nominations is Wednesday, April 15. Eastern Agency on Aging staff, board of directors and advisory council members are not eligible for the award, although each one is deserving.

Carol Higgins Taylor is director of communications at Eastern Area Agency on Aging. E-mail Higgins Taylor at chtaylor@eaaa.org. For more information on EAAA, call 941-2865 or 800-432-7812, e-mail info@eaaa.org, or log on www.eaaa.org. TTY 992-0150.

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