The Alliance for Aging Inc. seeking Positive Living Awards nominations

By Susan Holtzman….

Pictured are 2010 Positive Living Awards winners: (l-r, back row) Allan Kolsky, Sang Y. Whang, Cecilia Hunt, Robert Gintel, Dr. Freeman Wyche, Owen S. Freed; (front row) Marian Cline Krutulis, Irving R. Eyster, Dr. Carol Hoffman-Guzman, Barbara Erickson and Belkis Frangente.

The Alliance for Aging Inc. currently is accepting nominations for the fifth annual Positive Living Awards.

With nearly 500,000 people age 60 or older, Miami-Dade and Monroe counties are national examples of America’s future. Older Americans make tremendous differences in the quality of life in South Florida by “giving back” to their communities.

Chaired by Rene Cibran, Long Term Care Planning Specialist, and Jerry Santeiro, executive director of the Guardianship Program of Dade County Inc., the Positive Living Awards is a nationally recognized event that honors individuals in 13 distinct areas — Animal/Wildlife, Arts and Music, Corporate Service, Education/Mentoring, Environmental Protection, Faith/Interfaith, Health Care, Inter-Generational, Legal, Philanthropy, Positive Living, Public Service, and Sports and Entertainment.

“This is a wonderful celebration that recognizes South Florida’s senior community and their commitment to the Miami-Dade and Monroe counties,” Cibran said.

Nominations are being accepted through Aug. 22 and will be judged by a panel of distinguished community leaders. Winners will be announced in September.

The Positive Living Awards will be presented during a special dinner event on Wednesday, Nov. 16, at Jungle Island. Sponsors include Sabadell United Bank and the Guardianship Program of Dade County Inc., as well as Miami’s Community Newspapers as the official media sponsor.

The Alliance for Aging Inc. is a private, not-for-profit organization committed to improving the lives of older people by funding more than $60 million annually to local agencies. Through a network of providers, a wide range of services are provided to elders including meals, transportation, in-home services such as homemaking and personal care and services to caregivers. Answering more than 25,000 calls annually, the Alliance’s Aging Resource Center provides accurate information and referral services to elders and their families.

For more Information about nominating a deserving individual or to obtain a nomination form, call Susan Holtzman at 305-274-4772 or visit the Alliance for Aging website at

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