Salute to Senior Service, Award Program Honors Seniors Who Make a Difference

Top Quote Nominate a local senior citizen that makes a difference in the community by volunteering their time. Award program with honor seniors who make a difference. End Quote
    QuoteHelping others defines life for many local retired seniors, said Susan Miller, owner of the Home Instead Senior Care in Daytona Beach, FL.Quote
  • Daytona Beach, FL (1888PressRelease) January 28, 2012 - You'll likely find them around every corner: senior volunteers who make a difference each day in local churches, community organizations, neighborhoods, senior centers and health care organizations. In total, these unsung heroes are making a bigger impact than ever as local budgets evaporate and community needs escalate. Now, here's your chance to honor their efforts.

    The Home Instead Senior CareŽ office serving Volusia County and Daytona Beach has announced the Salute to Senior Service program. The program, which launches in January 2012, will include a search for the most outstanding senior volunteer in each state and culminate with the selection of a national Salute to Senior Service winner during Older Americans Month in May.

    State Senior Hero winners will receive plaques and their stories on the site. What's more, $5,000 will be donated to the national winner's nonprofit charity of choice.

    "Helping others defines life for many local retired seniors," said Susan Miller, owner of the Home Instead Senior Care office in Daytona Beach. "And what a difference we have observed in seniors' health, attitude and outlook among those who choose to stay active as they age."

    About half of U.S. seniors (52 percent) volunteer their time through unpaid community service, according to research conducted by the Home Instead Senior Care network. Nearly 20 percent (one in five) of senior volunteers surveyed started volunteering when they reached the traditional age of retirement - 65 or older. Furthermore, 20 percent of seniors who volunteer say that their community service is the most important thing they do. Seniors who volunteer give an average of 15 hours a month in unpaid service.

    The award program is the first step in helping communities redefine aging, said Miller of the local Home Instead Senior Care office. "Every day we see seniors who still have so much to give, not only to their communities, but to their families and loved ones."

    If you know seniors 65 and older who volunteer at least 15 hours a month, making a positive impact on their communities through volunteerism, nominate them by submitting their story at Or request a form from ckoehler ( @ ) homeinsteadinc dot com and return to Home Instead, Inc dot , Cat Koehler, 13323 California Street, Omaha, NE 68154 dot Submit your nomination for your outstanding senior volunteer between Jan dot 15 and March 15, 2012 dot

    The Home Instead Senior Care network completed 600 telephone interviews with seniors age 65 and older in the U.S. who currently volunteer their time through unpaid community service. The sampling error is +/-4.0% at a 95% confidence level.

    Care You Can Trust. Susan Miller (owner), the office administrators, and CAREGiversSM all share a passion for improving the quality of life for seniors and families in the community. Here in Volusia County and Daytona Beach, we offer a range of non-medical services that can be customized to your needs so you'll get exactly the help you need. Our CAREGivers are area residents who are kind, compassionate and truly enjoy working with seniors. They are professionals, extensively trained in elder care, and all are screened, insured and bonded.

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