The Al Berger Distinguished Service in Aging Award remembers a former President of the Board of Directors of the Society. Al Berger was a past president of The Society who volunteered many hours to lead the long term care insurance initiative to protect individuals who were placed in long term care facilities as well as quality of life efforts following the passage of OBRA in 1987. The Society remembers his efforts by recognizing individuals who have made significant community service efforts for Colorado seniors. Past recipients have included June Robertson of Courthouse Square Apartments (2006), Annell Mook of Sunrise Senior Living (2007), Robert Semro of the Consumer Health Initiative (2008), Representative Jerry Frangas of the Colorado General Assembly (2009), Morey Melnick, a community activist (2010), Robert Motika, retired from Mountain Bell (2011), Marilyn and John Baker, community volunteers (2012), Gene Bloom, Cody Dental Group & Tammie Rigby, Life Care Centers of America (2013) and Josh Freiberg, Red Rocks Family Dentistry (2014).
On Make A Difference Day, October 24, 2015 a team of professional audiologists, support staff and families from Hearing Rehab Center fit 100 seniors who were either HRC current patients without the means to afford a hearing aid or who were on the waiting list of The Society.
With the support of the manufacturers Starkey, Oticon, and Siemens, new and/or refurbished hearing aids were free to seniors. Many of the seniors had been on the waiting list at the CGS for a six months or more.
Make A Difference Day is sponsored by USA WEEKEND and Points of Light Institute. Millions of volunteers across the nation unite with a common mission – to improve the lives of others – and come together to do good things for the community and the nation. In its’ 24th year, Make A Difference Day is backed by the Gannett Company and TEGNA, Inc. It is the largest national day of community service.
HRC continues to support Make A Difference Day to help low income seniors reduce social isolation and engage with family and friends in a more meaningful way. The Doctors of Audiology help find the best hearing care solutions for patients. Staff pride themselves on educating patients so they feel comfortable and motivated to improve their hearing.
The Society is pleased to present the staff and their families of Hearing Rehab Center with the Al Berger Community Service in Aging Award.