2012 Senior Care Hero Awards

On Sunday, September 9th, more than 400 guests attended the 2012 Senior Care Hero Awards Gala at the Nixon Presidential Library & Museum to recognize heros from the senior care industry.  A total of 15 recipients across categories such as outstanding caregiver, physician, nurse, social worker, among others were recognized for their selfless acts of care and compassion while serving one of the most vulnerable populations, frail older adults. 
 
Among those honored included Dr. Sheldon Zinberg, founder of CareMore and Nifty after Fifty, who received a Lifetime Achievement Award and Edward Schrum of St. Michael Hospice and Sonnet Home Health.  A complete list of the recipients can be found at www.SeniorCareHeroAwards.org/Award-Recipients-2012 .
 
“How wonderful it was to honor a group of people who are dedicated to making a difference in the lives of the seniors they serve and whose humility has no equal,” said event chair Susan Papiri of Life Care Centers of America.  “These senior care professionals transcend the challenges, and sometimes pain, of everyday life with love and compassion, and without any thought for their own gain. All the nominees are heroes, one and all.”
 
“There were so many touching stories of caregivers and other medical professionals who have given of themselves in countless ways.  We are happy to have honored them through the Senior Care Hero Awards, the premier awards event in the senior care industry,” said Holly Hagler, CEO of SeniorServ, the nonprofit host of the event. “We are thrilled to be able to recognize the unsung heroes of senior care while also benefiting seniors in need.”  
 
An estimated $50,000 in event proceeds will help provide nutrition and supportive services for seniors in need through SeniorServ’s programs.  SeniorServ is the largest Meals on Wheels and senior nutrition non-profit in Orange County. In addition to its nutrition programs, SeniorServ also provides its participants with case management services and in-home supportive services as needed. SeniorServ also operates three Adult Day Care Centers in the county. For more information on SeniorServ visit www.SeniorServ.org.