2016 optimal aging award winners
Winners of the 2016 Gold Standard Award for Optimal Aging prove that you can live life to the fullest no matter what your age. Pictured from left are Rose Moore, John "Jack" Wright, M.D., Sherrill Brakmeir and Anthony Heitzman. Nominations are now open for the 2017 awards.

The Institute for Sustainable Health & Optimal Aging at the University of Louisville will again recognize older adults living life to the fullest with the sixth annual Gold Standard Award for Optimal Aging. Nominations for the award are now open through April 15.

This award program celebrates older adults who embody the institute’s vision for a world where older adults flourish. This award recognizes adults 85 years or older who are outstanding models of optimal aging in the following four categories: physical, social, spiritual and creative. Multiple award winners will be named at a luncheon on Sept. 8.

“The Gold Standard Award for Optimal Aging is a special event that demonstrates the importance of appreciating the contribution of persons of all ages in our community,” said Christian Furman, MD, medical director of the institute. “The Gold Standard Award for Optimal Aging celebrates not only the lifetime achievements but also the continuing contribution of older adults. Furthermore, this award is one of the cornerstone events of Optimal Aging Month – a month dedicated to promoting the view that aging is an opportunity, not a disease.”

Nominees and awardees demonstrate that while aging optimally looks different for every person, the spirit of optimal aging is something everyone can strive for, said Anna Faul, PhD, executive director of the institute.

“Optimal aging is the ability to flourish throughout one’s lifespan. It is not a specific level of achievement but rather a state in which a person is able to continue living life to its fullest,” she said.

Nominations are now being accepted online