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WKU Aging presents inaugural Age-friendly Awareness Award

Brad Cannon, Franchise Owner of Home Instead Senior Care and a WKU Health Care Administration graduate, is the recipient of the inaugural Age-friendly Awareness Award.

    Brad Cannon of Home Instead Senior Care (second from left) received the inaugural Age-friendly Awareness Award. From left are Bowling Green Mayor Bruce Wilkerson,  Cannon, Dr. Dana B. Bradley and WKU President Gary Ransdell.

Brad Cannon of Home Instead Senior Care (second from left) received the inaugural Age-friendly Awareness Award. From left are Bowling Green Mayor Bruce Wilkerson,  Cannon, Dr. Dana B. Bradley and WKU President Gary Ransdell.

The 2013 award, presented at “The Gathering” on Aug. 1 at the WKU Augenstein Alumni Center, is part of the WKU Aging and City of Bowling Green five-year initiative to make Bowling Green more age-friendly.

“It is a great honor to be part of this moment, recognizing Brad Cannon and Home Instead Senior Care for the age-friendly initiatives they have implemented that are above and beyond their requirements for normal business operations,” Dr. Dana B. Bradley, Professor and Director of Center for Gerontology at WKU. “The fact that we later discovered he is also a WKU graduate just makes it even more exciting!”

Dr. Bradley told participants at “The Gathering” that the award will be passed on year to year, from the previous winner to the next year’s recipient, much like the Miss America crown. The group laughed as she jokingly told this year’s recipient, “so don’t drop it!”

Home Instead was one of several nominees for the prestigious award. An independent panel of judges reviewed the nominations and selected the winner. The panel of judges included: Jeff Hook, director at WKU’s Center for Research and Development; Bruce Wilkerson, Bowling Green mayor; Tonya Matthews, VP Partnership Services at Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce; Romanza Johnson, Community Representative; and Mary Ann Wade, President of Bowling Green/Warren County AARP.

Cannon was not able to attend “The Gathering” due to a business conflict, so the award was accepted by Emily Harlan, Director of Business Development for Home Instead. Harlan, also a WKU graduate, said she began her career at Home Instead as a CAREGiver and has witnessed firsthand the mission and age-friendly awareness of Home Instead.

Cannon provided the following statement in his absence: “On behalf of our clients, their family members, our staff of professional CAREGivers and our administrative team, thank you for recognizing Home Instead Senior Care as the recipient of the inaugural Age-Friendly Awareness Award. This award reflects the many senior-friendly initiatives we have achieved over the last 11 years and continue to provide on a daily basis. Home Instead Senior Care is humbled by this public recognition, and will continue to prioritize seniors and their well-being as we live out our mission of providing personalized non-medical CAREGiving services to area seniors so they can maintain their independence.”

Contact: WKU Aging, (270) 745-2356.

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