More than 2,800 people in the community now know it is The Best of Times as they age into their senior years.
On Friday, Lutheran was honored for its senior educational program called The Best of Times. LeadingAge NY, which represents nonprofit long-term care institutions, presented the Innovation of the Year Award to Tom Holt, Lutheran president, and the Lutheran The Best of Times Committee.
The seminar series started in the spring of 2012 to engage people in their early 60s to see retirement as a positive change in their lives. The goal was to educate the community about all aspects of aging, so they would have the information needed to plan ahead and age successfully.
The Best of Times Committee gathered around, center Jim Clyne, LeadingAge NY chief executive officer, Tom Holt, Lutheran president, and Patricia Eckwahl, Lutheran marketing director, during the LeadingAge NY award presentation Friday. Lutheran received the Innovation of the Year Award from the state agency for its Best of Times program, which is a senior education program.
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"We're getting the information out to the community, so people know it is important to plan ahead," Holt said.
So far, Lutheran has hosted more than 22 The Best of Times seminars, sending its message to more than 2,800 people who have attended. The inaugural event was held at Jamestown Community College and focused on the importance of humor for well-being with 200 attendees. Lutheran officials organized more than 20 displays where seniors could learn about new hobbies and ways to enjoy their retirement.
Seminar topics range from personal interests to care giving. Some of the titles include: Facing the Big "M" - Medicare 101 and Medicare On-Line; The Paper Chase - what documents to save, what to toss; and Tips and Resources for Caregivers; Legal and Financial Planning for Alzheimer's Disease.
The project reaches the community through education and awareness of topics related to seniors. Lutheran invites people onto its campus and builds relationships before people are considering a higher level of care.
Holt said the volunteers on The Best of Times Committee deserve the credit for the award. He said the seminar does a quality job of taking the fear factor out of retiring for seniors.
"Many remarkable ideas were brought forward to accomplish this," he said. "The goal was to educate seniors about the aging process."
Clyne said Leading Age NY only gives out two to three awards a year to the 500 long-term care institutions in the state.