2012 Leadership in Aging Awardees Announced

Seabury Resources for Aging has announced the 2012 Leadership in Aging honorees:  Mr. Stuart Rosenthal, Editor and Publisher of The Beacon newspapers, and the Medical House Call Program at MedStar Washington Hospital Center.

Stuart Rosenthal has been publisher and editor of The Beacon newspapers since he and his wife, Judy, established the company in 1989.  Prior to founding the Beacon, Stuart was a tax attorney.  But he returned to his lifelong love of journalism when he recognized the need for a central source for information pertinent to older adults in the Washington area.   The Beacon newspaper now has four editions: covering the Greater Washington metro area, the Greater Baltimore metro area, Howard County, Md., and — most recently — a Palm Springs, California edition. Altogether, the Beacon prints 200,000 copies a month, reaching more than 400,000 readers.  In addition, Mr. Rosenthal chairs the Maryland State Commission on Aging and is a member of the Maryland Aging and Disability Resource Center Advisory Board.

The Medical House Call Program was created in 1999 to provide compassionate and skilled primary health care to older adults in the comfort of their homes. Many older adults in the Washington community struggle with disability and chronic illnesses.  Often, they go without care, because they have trouble getting to the doctor’s office.  As a result, their health status declines, and they may require emergency care or hospitalization, which are both traumatic and costly.  Through the House Call program, a team of dedicated physicians, nurse practitioners, social workers and office staff provide social and medical services that help older adults remain in their homes with dignity.  The program currently serves more than 600 patients and has served nearly 2,500 older adults since its inception.

The awardees will be recognized at the Leadership in Aging Celebration on Thursday June 7, at 6:30 p.m. at the Fannie Mae Building, 3900 Wisconsin Ave., NW, Washington, DC.   The evening will include cocktail reception, awards presentation, and auction and will be attended by leading businesses and industry professionals in the field of aging, clergy, lay leaders of local congregations and committed individual donors.   Seabury established the Leadership in Aging Awards in 2007 to recognize community and national leaders who have provided leadership in improving the quality of life for all older adults in the greater Washington, DC community.

Since 1924, Seabury Resources for Aging, a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization, has been providing affordable, personalized services and housing options to help older adults live with independence and dignity.   Proceeds from the event will benefit all of Seabury Resources for Aging housing and services and particularly help low income older adults who need care management, meals, housing, care, and help with home maintenance.  Seabury serves 1,000 older adults and caregivers each day.

For additional information about the event and sponsorship opportunities, please call 202-414-6313or visit www.seaburyresources.org.

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