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Senior Star Awards Luncheon

Published 10-17-2011 2:29 PM | Mark D. Birdwhistell  

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Last week, I had the privilege of saying some remarks at the Senior Star Awards Luncheon presented by the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging Foundation. The inaugural event was held at the downtown Hilton and emceed by WKYT Chief Meteorologist TG Shuck (fittingly TG was the host on a day when it was pouring the rain).

The Senior Star Awards program was started to recognize and honor those who age gracefully by remaining active in their later years. The Foundation outreach committee realized that while it was important to raise awareness for the Sander-Brown Center on Aging, it was equally as important to recognize the importance of living active lifestyles in your later years. To do this, they created the Dr. William R. Markesbery Senior Star Award and the Dr. David R. Wekstein Centenarian Award. The Centenarian Award is given to seniors who are over the age of 100.

TG shared heartwarming stories of each of the nine Senior Star Award winners and the three Centenarian Award winners as they were called to the stage and given a beautiful framed portrait. The seniors and their families came from areas throughout the Bluegrass, from Lexington, to Stanton, to Covington. One senior just turned 105 years, still lives in her own home, and was described as being "sharp as a tack"!

The crew over at the Sanders-Brown Center  on Aging are doing a fantastic job of promoting the health of the elderly through research, education, and outreach. It's events like this one that remind me why I love my job so much!

For more information on the event and the award winners, click HERE.

As a side note, some of you may have met J.J. Housley, the Administrative Fellow working with me for the next few months. He went with me to the luncheon and found out that TG was a field goal kicker at Georgetown College in the early 90s. J.J. was a field goal kicker for UK from 2004-2008 and remembered watching TG kick a field goal as halftime entertainment. TG just so happened to have a picture of that event. You'll notice J.J. on the left. Great form TG!

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