Beaver Falls woman honored by PA Department of Aging

December 1, 2012 by  

The Pennsylvania Department of Aging recently recognized five people for their work with the aging community in the state. Among those recognized was Beaver Falls‘ Ruthanne Bentley. The honors were set-up to acknowledge those who were an inspiration and leader to the elderly in their community.

Bentley, 66, has worked as the prime time health director and volunteer coordinator for the Beaver County Office on Aging for the past 13 years. She has also spent 15 years on the Southwestern Pennsylvania Council on Aging. For nine of those years, she was the regional chair and also spent 11 years working with the Retired and Senior Volunteer program of Beaver County.

The PA Department of Aging honored Bentley not only for her many years of work, but also for organizing the Primetime Living Expo in September at the Beaver Valley Mall. The expo provided the elderly with information on community resources for the aging and living options for people as they grow older.

The awards were given by the PA Council of Aging during its annual conference in Gettysburg. Stationery printers from Beaver Falls may have been enlisted to print the certificates given to Bentley and the other four recipients.

Brian Duke, the Secretary of Aging, noted that the five award winners:

“…embody of a spirit of compassion and dedication.”

When not recognizing the leadership of others, the Council of Aging serves as an advisor to the governor and the Department of Aging.

The four other award recipients were Marie Beauchamp from Orwigsburg, Dolores D. Hagerstrom from Exton, Robert K. Wargo from Petersburg, and Michael F. Gallagher from Erie.