AAA7 holds appreciation brunch


Submitted Photo The 2016 AAA7 Educational Partnership of the Year Award was given to Dr. Christine Raber with Shawnee State University. AAA7 Regional Long-Term Care Ombudsman Director Kaye Inoshita is pictured far left, then AAA7 Executive Director Pam Matura, Dr. Raber, and State Senator Joe Uecker.

Recently the Area Agency on Aging District 7 (AAA7) held its 29th annual Appreciation Brunch to honor the agency advocates and volunteers. Over the course of the event participants heard some of the good things happening within the agency.

“It’s another year and I’m glad your’re here,” said Pamela K. Matura, AAA7 Executive Director to those in attendance.

Matura said she looks forward to the brunch every year, because she gets to meet with a group of people that help the agency and it’s staff in one way shape or form throughout the year.

“It’s almost like the first day of school,” Matura said.

Among the groups and individuals in attendance, the agencies ombudsman volunteers were recognized and honored. Also honored were wellness coaches, art show and essay/poetry contest volunteers and winners. Some of the agencies outstanding seniors were also recognized and honored.

Over the course of the event special awards were given in a variety of categories. Receiving the Community Partnership of the Year Award was the Chillicothe Veterans Affairs Medical Center. The Educational Partnership of the Year Award was given to Dr. Christine Raber with Shawnee State University. The Caregiver of the Year Award was given to Luronda Thacker.

Legislator of the Year Award was given to State Representative Doug Green. The William A. Jenkins Award was given to Bertha Scowden. A Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Janet Miller.

According to www.aaa7.org,”The Area Agency on Aging District 7, (AAA7) Inc. administers programs for the elderly funded by the state and federal governments. Federal funds under the Older Americans Act and the Health Care Financing Administration, as well as all state funds, are received through the Ohio Department of Aging. The Agency contracts with agencies and then channels funds through this network of service providers. These agency providers include senior centers, community action agencies, home health agencies, health departments, etc.

The Area Agency on Aging District 7, Inc. (AAA7) consists of the following ten counties: Adams, Brown, Gallia, Highland, Jackson, Lawrence, Pike, Ross, Scioto, and Vinton. AAA7’s main office is on the campus of University of Rio Grande, Ohio, with satellite offices in Wheelersburg, Waverly and West Union, Ohio.”

For more information about AAA7 visit www.aaa7.org or visit them on Facebook.

Wayne Allen can be reached at 740-353-3101 ext. 1933 or @WayneallenPDT on Twitter.

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