AARP founder, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, urged 50+ individuals to redefine the aging process and engage in “the great army of service.” She asserted that by volunteering in their communities, older adults can inspire changes that will collectively strengthen the voice of the aging population.
Growing up in Louisiana, AARP volunteer Norman Bell was incredibly accustomed to sharing with friends and family. On a daily basis, he would watch as his neighbors exchanged items from their garden with his parents and vice versa. Norman found comfort in watching wholesome relationships develop in his neighborhood and knew that he wanted to emulate the same compassion and friendliness as he grew up. Witnessing this selflessness as a child inspired Bell to commit his life to helping others, and he has undoubtedly fulfilled that mission throughout his career and long-term involvement with AARP Ohio.
Prepare to Care workshops are one of AARP Ohio’s initiatives—along with advocating for caregiver tax credits and more home-based services—to improve conditions for family caregivers in the state.
The Andrus Award for Community Service honors volunteers who embody the spirit of AARP founder, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, and believe in the power of the individual to spark change and improve their community one act at a time.
Family caregiving is central to AARP’s social mission. One of the tools we have to help support caregivers is The Prepare to Care workshop. This volunteer led workshop focuses on giving caregivers a framework to actively prepare for the care their older loved ones may need
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