Royal Oaks resident receives honorable mention for ‘Celebrating Age’ Award - Applegate

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

   Royal Oaks resident Stan Applegate recently received honorable mention for the “Celebrating Age” Award given by LeadingAge. From left, Andrea Hopke, Applegate’s daughter; Applegate; and Anne Reagan, executive director of Royal Oaks; celebrate at an award presentation luncheon at Dalton First United Methodist Church on Dec. 16. 

DALTON, Ga. – Stan Applegate, a resident of Royal Oaks, Dalton’s first full-service retirement community, recently received honorable mention for the “Celebrating Age” Award given by LeadingAge. The award was given in honor of the organization’s 50th anniversary.

LeadingAge – an association of more than 5,400 not-for-profit organizations dedicated to expanding the world of possibilities for aging – seeks to advance policies, promote practices, and conduct research that supports, enables and empowers people to live fully as they age.

In August 2011, LeadingAge solicited nominations for individuals age 65 or older, who reside in a retirement community and live life with extraordinary zest. They desired to reward people who make a difference, either by sharing their creative talents, serving others or making their part of the world a better place to live.

Applegate’s life story includes work around the world with the U.S. State Department’s Agency for International Development. While making a career developing educational programs, he used his own time to support local orphanages. After retirement, Applegate and his wife chose to live at Royal Oaks independent living retirement apartments. Like everywhere else that they had lived, they devoted themselves to helping others.

Anne Reagan, executive director of Royal Oaks, submitted Applegate’s nomination and in it stated, “Stan Applegate exemplifies aging with extraordinary zest. In his late 70s, he began attending creative writing workshops. Soon after he became a published author of two juvenile fiction novels, ‘The Devils Highway’ and ‘Natchez Under the Hill.’ Two years ago, at age 89, he learned to play the dulcimer and joined a performing group. While he shares his creative talents freely, he also volunteers with several non-profit agencies, including the Family Support Council and Family Crisis Center.”

Applegate was honored at a special award presentation luncheon on Dec. 16 at Dalton First United Methodist Church. “This has been a very humbling experience for me,” Applegate said while accepting the award. “I have been privileged to serve as a volunteer and am looking forward to continuing that work in the coming year.”