John R. Kasich, Governor
Bonnie K. Burman, Sc.D., Director


Jan. 12. 2015

Contact: (614) 728-0253

 Nominate an outstanding older Ohioan for the 2015 Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame

Annual recognition honors role elders play in strengthening Ohio and our communities

Columbus, Ohio – The Ohio Department of Aging is accepting nominations for outstanding individuals to be inducted into the 2015 Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame. Individuals and organizations interested in nominating a neighbor, colleague, family member or friend may visit more information and to submit a nomination or download the nomination form.

“Our elders can and do play a vital role in their communities, across our great state and nationwide,” said Bonnie K. Burman, Sc.D., director of the department. “By choosing to live a life defined not by their age, but by the good work they have done and continue to do, nominees for the Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame serve as role models inspire all of us to continue to grow, thrive and contribute.”

Nominees for the Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame must be age 60 or older and be native-born Ohioans or residents of the state for at least 10 years. Posthumous nominations will be accepted. The nominee (or a representative of the nominee if he or she is unable) must consent to the nomination.

Nominees will be evaluated on one or both of these criteria:

  • The impact that their contributions and accomplishments have had in keeping Ohio on the leading edge of innovation and responsiveness to the growing and changing aging population, AND/OR
  • The degree to which they are respected and vital members of society who continue to thrive, grow and contribute.

Induction is held each May, observed nationally as Older Americans Month. Those selected will join 421 other older Ohioans inducted into the hall since its inception in 1977. To learn more and view past inductees, visit

About ODA – The Ohio Department of Aging works to ensure that our elders are respected as vital members of society who continue to grow, thrive and contribute. We collaborate with state agencies and community partners, including area agencies on aging, to help integrate aging needs into local plans and ensure that aging Ohioans have access to a wide array of high-quality services and supports that are person-centered in policy and practice. Our programs include the PASSPORT Medicaid waiver, caregiver support, the long-term care ombudsman program, the Golden Buckeye Card and more. Visit