Inspire Positive Aging Award & Walmart Grant
Senior Services CEO Paula L. Houston, Ed.D., presented the 2015 “Inspire Positive Aging Award” to Eileen Broomell of SeaTac at the nonprofit’s Annual Meeting on Wednesday, May 20. She also accepted a check for $60,000 from Deborah Herron of Walmart, in support of Senior Services’ Meals on Wheels program.
“Thank you to Walmart for their ongoing support of nutrition for older adults throughout King County,” said Dr. Houston.
"This is the fifth year in a row that Senior Services has been recognized with a grant from the Walmart Foundation Washington State Giving Council," said Deborah Herron, Walmart director of public affairs and government relations. "We are pleased that this partnership can continue and we look forward to working together to ensure that our friends and neighbors have access to nourishing foods."
Mark Stensager, Senior Services Board Chair, reported that Senior Services served nearly 72,000 older adults and their family members and friends in 2014 throughout King County. More than 3,800 volunteers supported the work of the professional staff. Senior Services’ 2014 Annual Report, with more information, is available online.
Dr. Houston shared key themes from the recent American Society on Aging conference attended by several Senior Services staff members. One is a shift from helping seniors live independently to ensuring that they are living “interdependently,” connected to people, places and things in their communities that will serve to keep them vibrant, healthy and fulfilled. She also addressed the need to elevate the issue of aging in the philanthropic community. The U.S. culture’s focus on youth has led to a loss of appreciation for the gifts brought to one another as people age; it is time to change our messages and inspire the philanthropic community to embrace seniors and aging issues as assets and a viable investment for the future.
The 2015 “Inspire Positive Aging Award” recipient, Eileen Broomell, 89, is an educator, motivator, instructor, and a strong believer in positive thinking. Eileen has been a Red Cross volunteer instructor/trainer in CPR, first aid and water safety for several decades. She ran her own business as a canoe river guide for 27 years. Eileen was an instructor at Highline Community College, and also coached Highline's basketball and volleyball teams. In her retirement, she continues to teach health, wellness, and exercise classes at several senior centers. Today Eileen is regularly at SeaTac Senior Center three times a week for her Senior Working Out Class, and has formed a strong relationship with other participants. Eileen continues to embrace new adventures. She has undertaken road trips to Florida and Alaska, and plans to visit Montana and New Mexico this summer.
Ms. Broomell received two tickets from sponsor Alaska Airlines and her nominator, Kathleen Cummings of the SeaTac Senior Program, received a Barnes and Noble gift card.
Senior Services created the “Inspire Positive Aging Award” in 2006 to recognize older adults in King County whose lives inspire us about how to age with grace, enthusiasm, creativity, hope, and energy. Public nominations are solicited each year and a committee of the Senior Services Board of Directors and staff members names the recipient.
The other nominees for the 2015 “Inspire Positive Aging Award” included:
Dr. I-Jen Chen
Delores DavisJoyce Ditz