Who Inspires You?

King County is filled with older adults whose lives inspire us about how to age with grace, enthusiasm, creativity, hope, and energy. They quietly make life better for others even as their years advance.

"Many of us have a parent or grandparent, a mentor or teacher, or a friend or neighbor, whose life exemplifies positive aging through community involvement, healthy living, relationships, and endurance—all the traits we ourselves hope to exhibit as we age," says Senior Services CEO Paula L. Houston.

"Is there an older adult in your life who inspires you?" she asks. "Join us in celebrating positive aging and nominate someone you know for the Inspire Positive Aging Award."

Senior Services created the Inspire Positive Aging Award in 2006 to recognize these role models. The organization is now accepting nominations for the 2015 Inspire Positive Aging Award. Any individual age 60 and over who lives in Seattle-King County is eligible for nomination. Nominations may be submitted by anyone who wishes to participate.

McCoy Sengsi received the Inspire Positive Aging Award in 2014, presented by Senior Services CEO Paula Houston and 2014 Board President John Norden.

The recipient receives two roundtrip airlines tickets to a domestic destination of his/her choice and a one-year membership to his/her senior center. The individual who nominates the award recipient receives a $50 Barnes & Noble gift card.

The 2014 recipient of the Inspire Positive Aging Award, McCoy Khammany Sengsi, 64, was a former captain and police officer who escaped from the Communist takeover in Laos, starting a new life in 1980 with his family in the U.S. He became a U.S. citizen in 1986. He has demonstrated great community involvement, particularly in Seattle’s Laotian community, where he is known as a liaison, community leader and mentor. He helped establish the Lao Veterans Association of Washington State and helps people find resources to learn and establish a new way of living. He was nominated by his brother-in-law, Khamphay Muongchanh, who wrote, "He is a great man who offers mentorship and social services without ever expecting anything in return."

See a full list of past recipients at www.inspire-award.org/PastWinners.

The deadline to nominate someone is April 27, 2015. Nomination forms are available at www.inspire-award.org. Requests for the form or questions regarding the award may be directed to Brittany Blue (206-727-6261 or brittanybl@seniorservices.org).

The Inspire Positive Aging Award will be announced on May 20, 2015 at Senior Services' annual meeting, an event that is free and open to the public; however, seating is limited and advance registration is required.

Senior Services is a nonprofit agency that serves older adults and their loved ones through an integrated system of quality programs and senior centers in Seattle and King County. For more information, visit www.seniorservices.org.