Date: August 28, 2019 | Category: News
From left, Butler Senior Center Coordinator Nancy Rich and Care Connection Executive Director Diana Hoemann present the 2019 Outstanding Older Adult Award for Bates County to Len Redding while his wife, Nancy Redding, seated, holds a congratulatory certificate.
Please join us in congratulating Len Redding, the 2019 Outstanding Older Adult in Bates County.
Len received the award from Care Connection Executive Director Diana Hoemann in a surprise presentation at the Butler Senior Center in August.
Len was nominated by Butler Center Coordinator Nancy Rich, who described him as a person doing “great things every day in the background but not wanting acclaim.”
“This quiet, yet social, gentlemen personifies what it means to be a healthy senior adult; he doesn’t have to express it or teach it, he just lives it,” Nancy Rich said.
Len said he has been interested in the aging network since he began as the director of a start-up area agency on aging in Corpus Christi, Texas, in 1974.
“I have remained in touch with aging issues for a long time, and I am very interested in the field,” Len said.
It’s important to dedicate time to those who are aging “because they put forth such a valiant effort to care for themselves and remain independent. A little bit of help there goes a long way,” he said.
Len is a retired pastor who still officiates at weddings and funerals. He and his wife, Nancy, volunteer together at the Butler Senior Center. Len served as a Navy hospital corpsman assigned to a Marine unit between the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War. As an area agency on aging director in Texas, Len administered all the programs for seniors in a multi-county region.
He eventually worked part time as the Butler Senior Center Coordinator. He has served as a Representative and Senator in the Silver Haired Legislature, which advocates for older adults’ issues at the State Legislature. He is a member of the Friends of the Butler Senior Center board, and has been the Secretary and Treasurer. He serves as the President of the Bates County Senior Tax board.
Len and his wife, Nancy, volunteer as home-delivered meal drivers, center custodians, and receptionists. He and Nancy give their time to the senior taxi – Nancy as a dispatcher and Len as a taxi driver and volunteer coordinator. He rarely misses a fundraiser.
When he has time, Len enjoys a game of canasta with a group on Tuesdays and the center’s puzzle tournament.
Len advocates for the engagement of other seniors in their community.
“I like the Care Connection approach in terms of trying to link people to the services. I think that’s a really important service to get people in touch with services that already exist,” Len said. “Getting people out of their isolation really does a lot for them if they will come to the senior center instead of sitting at home alone. Once they get the hang of it, they are willing to be involved usually.”
(Photo Courtesy of the Butler Exchange)