Piedmont Senior Resources Achieves National Recognition – Farmville

Piedmont Senior Resources Achieves National Recognition

Posted 7:32 p.m. on Friday, September 2, 2022

FARMVILLE — A local band recently won a national award. Piedmont Senior Resources (PSR) received a 2022 Aging Innovations Award for its virtual program.

The award was presented by USAging at its annual conference in Austin, Texas.

“PSR was thrilled to receive our second consecutive USAging National Award,” said Justine Young, Executive Director and CEO of PSR. “Our virtual program, created and run by Nikki Dean and Brandon Akers, has been so appreciated by clients who were more isolated than ever last year due to COVID-19.”

What is the virtual program?

When the pandemic left many seniors homebound, Dean decided to do something about it.

“We did a survey and found that many of our customers in rural areas across the seven counties served by PSR were interested in doing something virtually,” Dean noted. “We bought tablets and gave instructions on how to do Zoom. Customers loved being able to see each other by connecting virtually.

The adoption of virtual programming has created the need for devices to help Piedmont Senior Resources clients connect with peers and families online. Special funding helped purchase five tablets for a pilot program with customers who had varying levels of technological knowledge. With some training, seniors became familiar with the program and their participation increased. After a successful pilot project, PSR has expanded the program to include 20 additional tablets.

“PSR has always focused on being responsive to our customers’ needs, but this program in particular was very special. It’s an honor to be recognized for simply doing what we always do: helping seniors in our community,” said Dean. “This program has not only edified our customers, but also our staff. It was lovely to see the smiling faces of customers online.

Which Piedmont Senior Resources award did it win?

The 2022 USAging Aging Innovations and Achievement Awards program recognizes regional agencies on aging and Title VI Native American aging programs that have developed and implemented cutting-edge concepts, innovative ideas, and effective strategies to support older adults and their caregivers. Among the selection criteria was the ease with which other agencies could replicate the program in their communities.

“Only 36 of these USAaging awards are given nationally each year,” Young added. “It’s such an honor for PSR. We’re a small agency, but we’re making a big impact in the seven rural counties we serve.”

“Through the Aging Innovations and Achievement Awards, we salute the outstanding achievements of our members and sustain their programs in the hopes that this will sow replication and further innovation by their peers across the country,” said Sandy Markwood, CEO from USAging. “We commend our members for their tireless efforts to creatively develop life-saving services and supports for older people, their caregivers and people with disabilities in communities nationwide.”

The USAging Aging Innovations Awards 2022 recognized traditional and new strategies in a range of categories, including advocacy, diversity, equity and inclusion, elder abuse prevention, healthy aging , home and community services, nutrition, social engagement and workforce development.

For more information on another upcoming PSR project, click here.

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