Nominations now being sought for Texas Outstanding Older Worker award

From Staff Reports

May 20, 2008 - Nominations are being sought by Experience Works to find Texas' outstanding older worker for 2008. Applications for the Experience Works Prime Time Awards program will be accepted through June 1 and are available online at www.experienceworks.org.

Family, friends or colleagues can send in a nomination, and older workers can even nominate themselves. Nominees or applicants must be 65 years of age or older, a resident of Texas, currently employed, and working at least 20 hours each week for pay.

The Experience Works Prime Time Awards program is part of Experience Works' national effort to raise awareness of the contributions made by older individuals and to break down barriers associated with the hiring of all older workers. This year's search is being sponsored by Home Instead Senior Care, named an "outstanding" employer of older workers in 2006.

Outstanding older workers from every state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico will be honored in Washington, D.C., Sept. 22-26, as well as in their home states for their contributions to the workforce and local communities.

The honoree must be willing and able to travel to Washington, D.C., Sept. 22-26 for the Prime Time Award. The visit will include meetings with congressional representatives, a tour of the city's landmarks, and the awards banquet and ceremony.

Texas' outstanding older worker in 2007 was 87-year-old Martha P. Moye, a former Army surgical nurse who treated General Patton's troops in field hospitals. When she left the Army in 1946, she had attain the rank of captain and been awarded five Bronze Stars. She went on to become director of nursing at Westview Manor in 1966, and since has retired three times. The first time she returned to work to open a new "special needs" wing, the second she was rehired as an infection control and quality assurance nurse, and the third time she returned to Westview to do patient discharge summaries.

For more information, contact Phyllis Gipson, Experience works business and community liaison, at 254-761-1310, 877- 781-9953.

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