Award for Excellence in Multicultural Aging Age Friendly Seattle Coffee Hour
For the past 13 years, program coordinator Lenny Orlov has led Age Friendly Seattle Coffee Hours in Seattle neighborhoods to bring community el- ders and city officials together to explore topics such as healthy aging, legal and planning issues. Participants learn about city programming and services and officials hear from older constituents. Attendance has grown in the past year, when the program rebranded from Senior Coffee Hour to
The Award for Excellence in Multicultural Aging recognizes organizations that have demonstrated high-quality, innovative programs enhancing the lives of a multicultural aging population.
Age-Friendly Seattle Coffee Hour. Orlov intentionally sought out immigrant and refugee older adults via outreach to Russian- and Amharic-speaking (from Ethiopia) communities, as well as offering language interpretation in Khmer, Russian, Vietnamese and Amharic. To accommo- date the new crowd, Orlov live streams the presentation on Facebook, projects it into a nearby room with overflow attendees and distributes via email, YouTube and social media.
Religion, Spirituality and Aging Award Sandy C. Gregory Sandy C. Gregory is founding director of the North Carolina Baptist Aging Ministry (NCBAM) and has built a statewide ministry (supported by 4,300 churches) that intersects daily with government agencies, nonprofits and private corporations, and provides innovative services to North Carolina’s
The Religion, Spirituality and Aging Award recognizes outstanding individuals, programs and services in religion, spirituality and aging, in an effort to inspire more spiritual exploration within the aging services field.
older adults. Gregory has directed staff and community leaders in developing NCBAM’s most ambitious program, “One Hope: a spiritual response to social isolation and loneliness.” Gregory has also partnered with North Carolina’s Office of State Fire Marshal, leading to more than $100,000 in smoke alarms being installed in older adults’ homes, and partnered with the National Fire Protection Association to bring fall-prevention education to thousands. NCBAM is working statewide on disaster preparedness, as well as education on medication management, caregiving, healthy aging and advance planning.
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