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Service to seniors receiving recognition in Wadsworth

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WADSWORTH — Some will say helping the community’s senior citizens is its own reward.

But for those who go above and beyond, there is the Senior Advocate Hall of Fame.

On Thursday, individuals who have made a significant contribution to bettering the lives of the city’s senior citizens will join a small group of senior supporters.

Soprema Senior Center Director Nancy Likens said Thursday that more than 40 individuals, nonprofit organizations and businesses have been inducted into the Senior Advocate Hall of Fame since its founding in 2008.

“There is a lot of really good work going on in the community; ou don’t always hear about it,” Likens said. “They are not typically folks that will toot their own horn, so we are happy to be able to do this.”

The annual event is set for 5:30-7:30 p.m. at The Galaxy Restaurant and Banquet Center, 201 Park Center Drive, Wadsworth.

It is hosted by The Wadsworth Older Adults Foundation and the Soprema Senior Center.

Likens said the businesses and individuals inducted into the hall of fame are selected by a committee of the Wadsworth Older Adults Foundation board of trustees, and must live in or serve the Wadsworth community.

This year’s inductees include local attorney Mary Joe Morse, who handles estate law; Bev Long, director of admissions and marketing for Liberty Residence I and II; Russ Corwin, of RW Corwin & Co., CPAs and the annual Wadsworth Blue Tip Festival. Home Instead Senior Care franchise owner Pam Myers will be honored with the Leatherman Lifetime Achievement Award.

“Although it means a lot to me individually, really it is a joint effort,” Myers said of the award Wednesday.

Myers said that while she has organized many senior events and volunteered her time in many different ways, there is an entire community of volunteers working alongside her.

“All the people that have been involved and care about the seniors in our community,” she said.

Myers business, a franchise of Home Instead Senior Care, sends caregivers into residents’ homes, allowing them to stay in their homes for as long as possible.

“We basically help with personalized services of a non-medical genre,” she said. “We don’t do injections and we don’t dress wounds or anything like that, but we help seniors stay wherever they call home and we help them do that safely.”

Myers said she opened her business in 1997 after serving as a caregiver for her mother.

“I was taking care of my mother and I knew the stress that family caregivers go through because I had a full-time job and three kids at home and was working on my (masters of Business Administration) at the time,” she said. “I knew that there was a need for that type of service in the community to help both the seniors and their family members.”

The Wadsworth Blue Tip Festival will also be inducted this year. Likens said on the surface it might not be obvious what the organization does regarding senior citizens in Wadsworth, but its contributions are regular and significant.

“They also have a charitable giving program. The funds that are raised from the Blue Tip Festival are given back to nonprofits in the community,” she said. “The Wadsworth Older Adults Foundation has been a recipient of those grants for a number of years.

“They have helped us support programming here at the senior center. They helped purchased an automatic defibrillator device.”

Wadsworth Blue Tip Parade Chairman Tom Morris will receive the award on behalf of festival organizers

“It is a very good feeling. We are an all-volunteer committee and we put in an extensive amount of work every year to put on a festival that is worthy of the name,” Morris said Wednesday. “We are humbled by the fact that we are being recognized for it. We truly appreciate that.”

Myers, who has served as a past president of the Wadsworth Older Adults Foundation, said fostering a healthy well-being of the senior citizens that call Wadsworth home is something that has become a part of the community.

“I think a lot of our inductees have quietly gone about doing good work for seniors in the community or are seniors themselves doing good work in the community,” Likens said.

The event will provide an opportunity for those individuals to receive some public recognition surrounded by their friends and family, Likens said.

The event will include wine, cheese and heavy hors d’oeuvres. Cost is $20 per person. Tickets can be purchased at the Soprema Senior Center, 617 School Drive, Wadsworth or by calling the center at (330) 335-1513.

Contact reporter Nathan Havenner at (330) 721-4050 or nhavenner@medina-gazette.com.
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