CONTACT: MICHELLE DeMARCO August 20, 2012 850.487.5833
SENATE DEMOCRATIC LEADER NAN RICH TO BE AWARDED FOR ADVOCACY WORK ON BEHALF OF FLORIDA’S SENIORS
ORLANDO – Senate Democratic Leader Nan Rich (D-Weston) on Tuesday will receive the 2012 Advocacy Award presented by the Florida Council on Aging. The honor, the third time Senator Rich will have received the distinction, is being given on behalf of Senator Rich’s work and advocacy on matters of importance to Florida’s aging community and Aging Network Advocates, according to the organization.
“I’m delighted to receive this award not only from such a wonderful organization, but because of the achievements it represents,” said Senator Rich. “Throughout my service in the legislature, I’m proud to have worked to protect the best interests of seniors. One of my top priorities will continue to be ensuring that they can remain at home safely and live their lives with dignity and independence.”
Senator Rich, in her final year in the Florida Senate, was instrumental in boosting funding for aging programs in the 2012 Legislative Session, despite the state’s ongoing budget crisis. One recipient, the Community Care for the Elderly program, annually serves 15,000 low income seniors, more than half of whom live alone and whose average age is 80. The program, which helps enable elderly Floridians to remain in their own homes for as long as possible, rather than prematurely moving to more expensive nursing home facilities, received an additional $1 million.
The Florida Council on Aging was founded in 1955 to address issues related to aging through advocacy and education. The 2012 Advocacy Award is being presented at the group’s annual conference in Orlando.
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