HAZARD – For the fourth straight year the Perry County senior center has been recognized by the Kentucky River Area Development District, and is now nominated for recognition on the state level.
The Perry County center was again named the senior center of the year for the 50 average daily participants category. Perry County’s center has won this award for the past four years now, noted Stacie Noble, human services coordinator with KRADD, and their recognition means that the center is now nominated for a statewide competition hosted by the Kentucky Department for Aging and Independent Living. Perry County’s senior center has won the statewide award for the past two years.
Noble said that Perry County’s center has always had good participation, in part because current Director Kim Boggs and her predecessors have always worked hard to ensure that the center offers a good mix of programs for local seniors.
“Perry County has always been lucky to have good directors,” Stacy said. “I think the directors that they’ve had have always striven to come up with a lot of good activities and find funding streams to pay for things, and they’ve always been fortunate and just had a good program.”
The process to choose the district’s best senior center in each category is fairly rigorous. First, the center must be nominated, and KRADD requires statistics such as any increases in percentages in seniors participating at the center over the past year, and the most successful program the center offers. This criterion is the same used at the state level.
KRADD’s awards were presented by the Kentucky River Area Agency on Aging and Independent Living Aging Council, and Noble said this competition is a good way to show the community what local centers are doing and the programs they offer.
“I think it’s a way to highlight them and just show how active they are,” she said.
The award was presented during a ceremony on Wednesday, as were several others, including a few going to Perry County residents and businesses. The Caregiver of the Year award was presented to Ester Wallace for the care she has provided to her mother, while the Grandparent of the Year award was presented to Linda Kennedy.
The Lowe’s store of Hazard was also recognized, receiving the Business Partnership award.
Other awards presented this week include the following:
Letcher County Fiscal Court/Letcher County Senior Citizens was the recipient of the KY River Title V SCSEP Outstanding Achievement Award for the most outstanding host agency.
Alice Bentley was presented the KY River Title V SCSEP Outstanding Achievement Award for her outstanding achievement as an enrollee on the KY River Title V Program.
There was a tie between Wolfe County Senior Citizens and Breathitt County Senior Citizens Center as the recipients of the Senior Center of the Year in the under 50 average daily participants category.
The Facility of the Year Award was presented to Wolfe County Nursing Home.
The Spirit of Aging Award was presented to Wilma Gross of Breathitt County.
The Agency Partnership awards were presented to ARH and the KY River Family Resource and Youth Service Centers.