AARP Maryland has presented its 2019 J. Joseph Curran Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award for outstanding community service to Montgomery County advocate and intergenerational champion Austin Heyman.
The Curran award recognizes exceptional individuals who have exhibited a lifetime of exemplary commitment to volunteerism and civic involvement. Austin Heyman is only the second person to receive this honor from AARP Maryland.
“Even before words like ‘Age Friendly’ and ‘Livable Communities’ became part of the common parlance, Austin was working to help older residents remain comfortable and engaged in Montgomery County, so that they would want to continue to make it their home as they age,” said AARP Maryland State Director Hank Greenberg. ”Through innovative programs such as the Interages Center, which brings older adult volunteers into the lives of children for mentoring and tutoring, he has enriched the lives of thousands across generations.”
Over the course of 5 decades, Austin Heyman has remained committed to improving the lives of seniors and children. Among his many accomplishments, he has been a strong advocate for the 50 plus population. In addition to Interages, he helped create a Senior Fellows program in Montgomery County to advise the county government on issues of importance to seniors. Additionally, he worked on AARP’s Age-Friendly program to ensure that the older population from across the county had a voice in the decisions that affect their lives.
AARP Maryland’s Lifetime Achievement Award is named for the esteemed statesman J. Joseph Curran Jr., former state representative, Lieutenant Governor, and longtime Attorney General, whose career in public service on behalf of Marylanders was unparalleled.
AARP is the nation’s largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering people 50 and older to choose how they live as they age. With a nationwide presence and nearly 38 million members, AARP strengthens communities and advocates for what matters most to families: health security, financial stability and personal fulfillment. AARP also produces the nation'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.