DOVER-- The town is currently on the look out for candidates that exemplify aging done well.
"We're looking for people who have reached the age of 80 and have demonstrated those special qualities that foster what we call successful aging," Senior Solutions Executive Director Joyce Lemire said. "It's just very interesting to hear some of the stories from some of the folks who do so much volunteer work and help their neighbors when they're having difficulties."
This will mark the 17th year that Senior Solutions has offered its annual Successful Aging Award. The organization is also known as the Council on Aging for Southeastern Vermont and provides resources for local residents 60 years old and up.
Looking for nominees, letters and applications are sent to senior centers, town clerks, libraries and other provider agencies. Examples of nominees in years past were volunteers assisting municipalities and people helping their friends, Lemire told the Reformer.
The annual meeting, where all nominees and those who nominated them are invited, is held on the last Wednesday in October. This year it will be held on Oct. 29. Organizers are still securing a location for the event, where all nominees are given special recognition.
Last year, 11 people were nominated and approximately half of them attended. Those who did not received a special certificate in the mail.
Dover's Leonard Hall was nominated by the town last year and attended the event along with his family and Selectboard Chairman Randy Terk.
"We feel that seniors have so much to give back to their communities and there's just so much you hear in the press about how people who get older are so dependent on our society. Blah, blah, blah. It's not true," said Lemire. "We want to help people recognize there are so many special people out there still going strong in their 80s and 90s."
According to a press release from Dover Town Offices, "the nominee should foster a strong community loyalty and support for all ages. They should also display an awareness of living a balanced and fruitful life recognizing their spiritual, health and social well-being."
Nominations will be accepted until Sept. 12 at 5 p.m. It should include a brief explanation of why that person deserves the recognition and how the person contributes to the town of Dover. Nominations should be sent to Town Administrator Carlo Pilgrim, Dover Town Office, Route 100, West Dover 05356. For more information, Pilgrim can be reached at 802-464-5100.
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