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Spokeswoman Given Annual Award for Elder Caregiving

The Caregiver's Army's founder, Carolyn Haynali, was honored on May 17th by the Ohio Department of Aging with their Annual Award for Elder Caregiving.

Annual Award for Elder Caregiving

Way to go Carolyn!!!

We've printed part of the induction page below. You can read the news release about the induction here. For the full induction list and all the great pictures, go to Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame. You can also watch the video of the presentation with windows media player.

Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame

Governor Bob Taft, the Department of Aging, the Ohio Association of Area Agencies on Aging and Novartis celebrate outstanding older Ohioans for their achievements and contributions to others; for the roles they play in their communities, state and nation; and for what they do to promote productive and enjoyable lives. Since 1977, more than 300 individuals have been inducted into the Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame for contributions toward the benefit of humankind after age 60, or for a continuation of efforts begun before that age.

              Receiving the Award

Carolyn A. Haynali, WEST CHESTER

Carolyn Haynali is a strong and compassionate woman who strives to help caregivers in need. She and her husband, Charles, were married for 51 years before Chuck passed away from Alzheimer's disease in 2004. Carolyn provided all of his daily care for six years. When he moved to the Veterans Home in Sandusky, she visited almost daily.

Knowing first-hand the stress and isolation faced by many caregivers, Carolyn created an online support group, caregiversarmy.org. She testified before the Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer's twice and started a petition for more federal funding for Alzheimer's research, which now has nearly 150,000 signatures. Her goal is to get one million signatures to take to Congress.

Annual Award for Elder Caregiving

She has written articles for newspapers and caregiver magazines and has been on television and radio programs to talk about caregiving and the importance of Alzheimer's research.

Her book, Poetry from the Heart by an Alzheimer's Caregiver, is included in the Ronald Reagan Memorial Library. In the "Alzheimer Patient's Prayer," Carolyn writes: "Pray for me, I was once like you. Be kind and loving to me, that's how I would have treated you. Remember I was once someone's parent or spouse, I had a life and a dream for the future." Carolyn, thank you for trying to make the future better for families touched by this disease.

Merle Grace Kearns, Director of the Department of Aging, and Alan Burnett, President of the Ohio Association of Area Agencies on Aging, Inducted Carolyn into the Senior Citizens Hall of Fame on May 17, 2006, at the Statehouse, in Columbus.

We've also reprinted the the original invitation to the awards event in full below.

Dear Mrs.Haynali:

On behalf of the Ohio Department of Aging, I am delighted to inform you that we have selected you, among several others, to receive the Ohio Department of Aging's Annual Award for Elder Caregiving. As we honor you, we also symbolically honor all of Ohio's caregivers who lovingly care for family and friends day after day. We recognize that caregiving is a monumental challenge requiring a great deal of strength, both physical and emotional, and we deeply appreciate your dedication and commitment.

Please join us for an awards presentation during which both the Award for Elder Caregiving and the Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame Induction will take place. The event will be held on Wednesday, May 17, 2006 from 4:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., at the Statehouse Atrium in downtown Columbus (map enclosed). The reception begins at 4:00 p.m. and light hors d'oeuvres will be served.

Enclosed are two parking passes for the Statehouse underground garage. A handicapaccessible drop-off is available at the Third Street entrance, just before the entrance to underground parking, should you or your guests need it. There is also access from the garage, by way of elevators and hallways. Signs throughout the Statehouse will direct you to the Atrium.

You may invite up to seven (7) guests. By Apil 17 please confirm your attendance and the number of guests joining. you by calling Julia Steva, Special Events Manager, at (614) 466-3253.

Please accept my congratulations. I look forward to meeting you on May 17.

Best regards,
Merle G. Keams Director

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