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    Nancy Nelson of LV named Nevada Senior Citizen of the Year

    Alzheimer’s disease advocate to be recognized during luncheon May 30

    The National Silver Haired Congress Nevada Delegation, in partnership with the Aging Service Directors Organization (ASDO), has named Las Vegas resident Nancy Nelson as its 2018 Nevada Senior Citizen of the Year.

    Nelson was nominated by Barbara Cegavske, Nevada Secretary of State; Stephen Murray, author; Albert D. Chavez, CEO/executive director for Alzheimer’s Nevada; James Fitzpatrick, program and advocacy director at the Alzheimer’s Association Desert Southwest Chapter; Emily Shubeck, associate director, care and support, Alzheimer’s Association; Marcy Cherek, Nevada Senior Services; and Barbara Phillips, activity coordinator, Silver Sky at Deer Springs Assisted Living.

    Nelson, a Southern Nevada resident for more than five decades, was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease five years ago, but she never allowed it to define her. Since then, she has worked with local, regional and national organizations to raise awareness of the disease.

    “In so doing, she has selflessly – and with heartfelt compassion – offered hope, optimism and courage to those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and the often-forgotten unsung heroes, the caregivers,” Cegavske said in her nomination of Nelson. “Nancy continues to be an inspiration and crusader as she fulfills her goal of raising awareness of Alzheimer’s and removing the stigma of the disease.”

    According to the chair of the selection committee, Nelson was chosen due to her significant contributions to the senior community on a local, state and national level.

    The awards luncheon to honor Nelson is set for Wednesday, May 30 at the Las Vegas National Golf Club, 1911 E. Desert Inn Road. Prior years winners you may know have been Favil West, Rana Goodman and Beverly Sapperstein.

    Additional information is available online at http://www.nevshc.org.

    About the Nevada Senior Citizen of the Year Award

    According to the 2016 U.S. Census, 15 percent of Nevada residents are older than age 65. Herb Randall, Ed.D. of Henderson, a retired Army colonel and recipient of the Silver and Bronze Stars for valor in Vietnam, created the Nevada Senior Citizen of the Year Award in 2013 to honor a single volunteer each year who tirelessly supports that population. The Nevada Senior Citizen of the Year Award is made possible by the National Silver Haired Congress Nevada Delegation and the Aging Service Directors Organization, both nonprofit organizations. Additional information can be found by visiting the website at http://www.nevshc.org or by calling 702-860-6349.

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