Mobile, AL – AARP Alabama, with its more than 430,000 members, announces the appointment of Dorothy Dorton, MS CTRS, to the position of Associate State Director for Community Outreach. Dorton, a Mobile native, will provide outreach and support for AARP programs and initiatives in Mobile and parts of lower Alabama, working with volunteers and maintaining AARP’s relationships with residents and community leaders in that part of the state.
The appointment was announced Candi Williams, AARP Alabama State Director, who said: “Dorothy Dorton brings a wealth of experience and a strong commitment to community service in Mobile to her new role with AARP Alabama. We are looking forward to the continuing development of a strong presence for AARP in this important area of our state.”
Dorton said: “I am enthusiastic about joining the AARP Alabama staff and building AARP’s community presence in Mobile and the lower Alabama area. Being able to do this valuable work in the community that has always been my home is truly a special opportunity.”
Dorton served as Center Director and then Executive Director for Via Health, Fitness, and Enrichment Center & Senior Citizens Services, Inc. in Mobile for seven years. Her experience includes being an assisted living administrator, an activities director, a program director for the ARC of Baldwin County, and a hall director for Alabama School of Mathematics and Science. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Spring Hill College, and a Master’s Degree in Therapeutic Recreation with a focus on adults with dementia. Dorton also has her Master’s Certification in Gerontology and she is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS). She is also formally trained through the Alabama Dementia Education Training Act (DETA).
AARP is the nation’s largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering Americans 50 and older to choose how they live as they age. With nearly 38 million members and offices in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, AARP works to strengthen communities and advocate for what matters most to families with a focus on health security, financial stability and personal fulfillment. AARP also works for individuals in the marketplace by sparking new solutions and allowing carefully chosen, high-quality products and services to carry the AARP name. As a trusted source for news and information, AARP produces the world’s largest circulation publications, AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin. To learn more, visit www.aarp.org or follow @AARP and @AARPadvocates on social media.