Tampa, Fla. – AARP Florida State President Donna Ginn announced that an Orlando area nurse who has been a leader on health-care issues has received the Trailblazer Award 2018, a new AARP award for outstanding community activists.
The Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus Community Trailblazer Awards, a one-time only honor, were a highlight of AARP’s participation in the Florida Conference on Aging, the state’s largest gathering of organizations and individuals serving older Floridians, held Aug. 13-15 in Tampa.
“Sixty years ago, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus founded AARP to fight for and equip older Americans to choose how they grow older,” said Donna Ginn, AARP Florida state president. “She established AARP’s motto: To serve, not to be served. We still strive to make that motto live in the lives of millions of Americans today. In announcing the Trailblazer Awards, we seek to honor six outstanding advocates for older people in Florida who, in partnership with AARP or working independently, have dedicated themselves to the same cause that Dr. Andrus believed in so passionately.”
Winning the award for the Orlando and Central Florida area was Annette Kelly. An advanced practice registered nurse, Ms. Kelly founded the Central Florida area’s Pioneer Network and Neighbors Network to help seniors stay in their homes safely. She served as executive director of the Alzheimers Center for many years, taught the next generations of nurses at Southern College, and continues to enhance the services of the Neighbors Network.
Other Central Florida nominees for the program were:
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