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AARP lists Baxter man as over-50 leader

BAXTER--A Baxter man was recognized as one of 50 Minnesotans honored as an accomplished community leader by AARP Minnesota and Pollen. The organizations recently unveiled the second annual Minnesota 50 Over 50 list. The list recognizes leaders wh...

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BAXTER-A Baxter man was recognized as one of 50 Minnesotans honored as an accomplished community leader by AARP Minnesota and Pollen.

The organizations recently unveiled the second annual Minnesota 50 Over 50 list. The list recognizes leaders who are defying stereotypes about aging. George Moore, 87, Baxter, is included in the 2017 list in the category of "Community Builder."

Moore's passions have fueled his volunteer work for more than 60 years-living proof of how sharing life experiences can help others, a news release stated.

"It takes real strength to share hardships, successes, challenges, and fears," a colleague stated in the release, but that's exactly what Moore does to give others the strength they need to move forward.

Moore cared for his late wife while she suffered from Alzheimer's disease, and drew on that experience as he helped found Lakes Area Memory Awareness Advocates. Eight years later, the Baxter resident continues to fulfill many roles in the organization, including public speaking, fundraising, program development, legislative advocacy and training.

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"The impact that George has made and is making is incredible," stated Will Phillips, director of AARP Minnesota, in the release. "He is a remarkable example of the contributions Minnesotans over the age of 50 are making in communities of all kinds, colors and sizes. 50 Over 50 shows the true face of aging in Minnesota, vibrant, experienced, dedicated individuals who are making a difference and aren't interested in slowing down."

"Ageism is real and many older Minnesotans struggle because of the dated and hurtful stereotypes about aging," stated Jamie Millard, executive director of Pollen, in the release. "These 50 Minnesotans are proof that our contributions are not diminished by how old we are."

The final 50 honorees were selected from a pool of more than 175 nominations submitted earlier in the year. Candidates were nominated in five different categories: nonprofit, arts and culture, community building, business and disruptor. A 10-member selection panel worked with AARP and Pollen to determine the final honorees.

View the complete list at 50over50mn.org.

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