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Ohio Department of Aging Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 4, 2010

Department seeks nominations for Joined Hearts in Giving award

Annual honor pays tribute to long marriages and community service

COLUMBUS - Through Nov. 30, 2010, the Ohio Department of Aging will accept nominations for its Joined Hearts in Giving award. The honor recognizes couples married 40 years or longer who share a commitment not only to each other, but also to their communities through volunteer service. Those chosen will be honored at a special reception held in observance of Valentine's Day.

"For more than a decade, we have honored couples who embody the term 'commitment,' both to their relationships and to their communities," said Barbara E. Riley, director of the department. "The secrets to their success include hard work, sacrifice, understanding and, most of all, love. They have instilled a strong sense of civic duty in their families, their friends and all the neighbors they have worked with and served. We are looking forward to learning about and meeting more of these selfless Ohioans."

Individuals and organizations interested in nominating neighbors, colleagues, family members or friends may download a nomination form or submit a nomination online by visiting www.aging.ohio.gov/news/nominations/. To be eligible for recognition, the couple must be married for 40 years or longer and at least one of the spouses must be age 60 or older. Each spouse must actively participate and volunteer in community service and the couple's primary residence must be in Ohio. The couple must be aware of and consent to the nomination.

About ODA - The Ohio Department of Aging provides leadership for the delivery of services and supports that improve and promote quality of life and personal choice for older Ohioans, adults with disabilities, their families and their caregivers. Working with 12 area agencies on aging and other community partners, the department offers home- and community-based Medicaid waiver programs such as PASSPORT, the long-term care ombudsman program, the Golden Buckeye Card and more. Visit www.aging.ohio.gov.