ElderServe applauds Champions for the Aging

A Louisville nonprofit is acknowledging Kentuckians who are doing exceptional work caring for older adults during the COVID-19 pandemic.

ElderServe recently announced its Champions for the Aging Awards, given to four individuals who are going above and beyond to make an impact on elderly communities. Sponsors C2 Strategic Communications, Kindred Healthcare, Sam Swope Family Foundation, and Atria Senior Living helped make the awards possible.

2020 winners include:

JoAnn Orr, a committed volunteer who was a vital part of the Metro March for Meals program helping distribute more than 83,000 frozen meals in three weeks to seniors.

Ryne Hardesty, a front-line worker who played a crucial role in keeping older adults safe as an epidemiologist with Louisville Metro Public Health & Wellness and in coordinating with long-term care facilities behind the scenes.

Lisa Biddle Puffer, a nursing home administrator at Nazareth Home who navigated the challenges of COVID-19 working long hours to serve residents and protect their health and wellbeing.

Marie Branham, a resident service director at Atria Springdale who found creative ways to bring joy, connection and community to isolated seniors during COVID-19 and took on a variety of roles to fill gaps caused by the pandemic.

Since 1962, ElderServe has continued its long tradition of responding and adapting to the changing and growing needs of older adults in Kentucky so that they can live safer, healthier and more meaningful lives. These services were even more valuable to the vulnerable senior population this year providing critical programs and support during the COVID-19 pandemic at no cost.

ElderServe relies on corporate supporters, individual donors and community volunteers for funding to help more than 2000 older adults in Jefferson County each year. Join them in celebrating and honoring the Champions for the Aging winners by donating at elderserveinc.org/donate.

Rachel Nix

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