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Search is on for outstanding senior volunteers
by Tribune Staff
Jan 18, 2012 | 709 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print

RENO — The Home Instead Senior Care office serving seniors in northern Nevada has announced the “Salute to Senior Service” program to honor senior volunteers for the tireless contributions they make to their local communities.

The program 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.

Nominees must be 65 years of age or older and volunteer at least 15 hours a month. Nominations will be accepted at through March 15. Nomination forms also can be requested by email at

State Senior Hero winners will receive plaques, and their stories will be posted on the website. In addition, $5,000 will be donated to the national winner’s non-profit charity of choice.

According to research conducted by Home Instead Senior Care, 52 percent of seniors volunteer their time through unpaid community service. Nearly 20 percent of seniors 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.

“Helping others defines life for many local retired seniors,” said Allan Ward, owner of the Home Instead Senior Care office in Reno/Sparks and Carson City. “And what a difference we have observed in seniors’ health, attitude and outlook among those who choose to stay active as they age.”

Dr. Erwin Tan, director of Senior Corps, a national organization that links more than 400,000 Americans 55 and older to service opportunities, agrees.

“The one thing that I hear constantly from the seniors in our programs is that volunteering gives them a purpose in life – they say that it’s the reason they get up in the morning,” Tan said.

For more information, call 336-5333.
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