Do you know someone 85 years or older who is an outstanding example of what it means to age well? Nominate them for the Gold Standard Award for Optimal Aging, an award given by the University of Louisville’s Institute for Sustainable Health & Optimal Aging.
“This distinction celebrates not only lifetime achievements but also the continuing contribution of older adults,” said Christian Furman, M.D., medical director of the institute. “This award is one of the cornerstone events of Optimal Aging Month in September, a time dedicated to promoting the view that aging is an opportunity, not a disease.”
Now in its seventh year, the award recognizes adults 85 years or older who are outstanding models of optimal aging in the physical, social, spiritual and creative aspects of life.
“Optimal aging is the ability to flourish throughout one’s lifespan. It is not a specific level of achievement but rather a state in which a person is able to continue living life to its fullest,” said Anna Faul, Ph.D., executive director of the institute.
The public may nominate an older adult for the Gold Standard Award for Optimal Aging through April 15. Multiple award winners will be announced during a luncheon September 7 at the Crowne Plaza, 830 Phillips Lane. Former radio personality Wayne Perkey will serve as master of ceremonies. Tickets are $35 per person. The event benefits the Institute for Sustainable Health & Optimal Aging and its efforts to empower older adults to flourish.