The Mesquite Citizen Journal posted the following article about the is years Senior of the Year award.
The Nevada Delegation of the National Silver Haired Congress (NSHC) in partnership with the Aging Services Directors Organization (ASDO) has established the Nevada Senior Citizen of the Year Award. The first annual award will be presented in early May 2013 which is the 50th Anniversary of Older Americans Month.
Anyone knowing a Senior Citizen who has made significant contributions at the local, state, and/or national level may nominate that person.
The criteria, guidelines, and nomination forms may be obtained by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 702 860-6349. Also, questions may be addressed at the same e-mail address or phone number.
The person selected to receive the 2012 award will be announced in this publication’s May issue.
The Nevada Delegation of the National Silver Haired Congress (NSHC) recently appointed three new representatives. Lonnie Strait, Russ Schoenbeck and Michael Clark now join Lucy Peres and Herbert Randall in the NSHC, a grassroots initiative that promotes issues involving seniors.
This non-partisan, non-affiliated, and non-profit body of older Americans was established by the U.S. Congress in1994 and held their inaugural session in 1997. The group provides an advocacy forum for older Americans to express their needs directly to the Congress of the United States via passing Resolutions that intend to educate and inform Senators and Representatives of Congress alike, and that will raise public awareness not only among seniors but also with the general public.
The Nevada Delegation played a large role in passing the state Silver Alert System for missing vulnerable senior citizens, similar to the Amber Alert for children. They are now working on a nationwide alert system.
The National Silver Haired Congress will hold its next annual session in Alexandria, Virginia in August.
The five Nevada delegates have a wide variety of experience. Michael Clark, the proprietor of On The Road Bookstore, had a 25 year career in newspapers.
Lonnie Strait has worked as an advocate for seniors and mentally ill adults for many years. She is retired and enjoys many leisure activities including gardening. She is currently editing a gardening book for a local artist and gardener.
Russ Schoenbeck has been a local resident for over 30 years. He served in the US Marine Corps and is retired from the State of Nevada. He wants to continue to have the needs of seniors brought to light and help them be resolved.
Dr. Herb Randall currently serves as President of the Nevada Silver Haired Legislative Forum and Silver Senator with the Nevada Delegation of the National Silver Haired Congress.
Lucy Peres is the state’s other Silver Senator. She is President of the Nevada Delegation of the Nevada Silver Haired Congress. Peres is also the past President of the Nevada Silver Haired Legislative Forum. She is a current board member of HealthInsight, a private, non-profit community-based organization dedicated to improving the healthcare systems.
The National Silver Haired Congress met in the national capitol and completed its 15th Annual Session August 23-26, 2012. After discussing the many problems facing our aging America, the National Silver Haired Congress narrowed its focus to the following Top 5 priorities.
1. Establish A National Silver Alert Notification Network for missing vulnerable senior citizens, similar to the Amber Alert for children.
2. Increase Funding of the Older Americans Act commensurate with inflation rates and the increase in the population of older Americans.
3. Expand Telemedicine Services especially the initiation and/or expansion of Medicare reimbursement for telemedicine/telehealth home health services and services into skilled nursing facilities.
4. Increase Funding for Home and Community Based Services by shifting some of those funds from institutional care to home and community based services.
5. Review and Expand the Elder Justice Act with immediate resources to make this law more effective.