Senior Star Awards Luncheon
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!