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Wanted: Those 85 years and up with a zest for life

by Jill Scoggins, HSC communications and marketing last modified May 29, 2014 01:33 PM

UofL Geriatrics is calling for nominations for the fourth annual Gold Standard Award for Optimal Aging.

Wanted: Those 85 years and up with a zest for life

Lucille Leggett, one of the 2013 winners, was 94 at the time she won the award. The retired teacher volunteered for 15 different mayoral campaigns and worked as a block watch captain and helps Operation Brightside.

The award is presented to someone 85 years old or older (as of Oct. 1) who is an outstanding model for optimal aging in all areas of life.

“We are seeking people 85-plus who are making the most of whatever their later years bring and who continue to demonstrate great zest for life,” said Christian Davis Furman, MD, vice chair for geriatric medicine. “The award is presented for optimal aging across the full spectrum of physical health, mental health, social health and spiritual health.”

The deadline to submit nominations is 5 p.m., July 15. The award will be presented Sept. 25.

The nomination process includes submitting information that describes why the nominee qualifies for the award. Nomination forms and information about the luncheon can be found online or obtained by calling (502) 588-4260 or emailing

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