MAC Inc., the Lower Shore’s Area Agency on Aging, is the winner of the 2022 Salisbury Award.
The ultimate award that recognizes service to the public, the Salisbury Award has been part of the community since 1926.
This year, MAC Inc. is celebrating 50 years of service. It operates from a modern and highly regarded complex on Progress Circle in Salisbury.
One of the five oldest Area Agencies on Aging in the United States, MAC Inc. was originally founded as a pilot project, and formally established by the Older Americans Act in 1973.
MAC is charged with helping older adults live with independence and dignity in their homes and communities. Core services offered under the Older Americans Act include Elder Rights, caregiving, nutrition, health and wellness, and supportive services.
The recognition took place last Thursday at an open house welcoming MAC’s new CEO, Paula Erdie, and recognizing the retirement of Executive Director Pattie Tingle.
Retired, longtime MAC Executive Director Peggy Bradford was also in attendance to receive the award.
In addition to presenting a plaque to memorialize the selection, the Salisbury Award Trustees will donate $500 to MAC to support a program of their choice.
The Salisbury Award is the community’s oldest and most prestigious independent civic award. First given in 1926, the award was established and originally endowed by local businessman G. William Phillips to recognize “service that has been the greatest benefit to the happiness, prosperity, intellectual advancement or moral growth of the community.”
The ceremony marked the 72nd time The Salisbury Award has been presented to an individual or an organization since its inception.
Previous honorees include James M. Bennett, Avery Hall, Richard Henson, Frank Perdue, Dick Hazel, Sam Seidel, Paul Martin, Virginia Layfield, Mitzi Perdue, Lewis Riley, Pete Cooper, George Whitehead, Tony Sarbanes, Bill Ahtes, Ben’s Red Swings, the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore, The Magi Fund, Norm Conway, Bob Cook, the Greater Salisbury Committee, the Fruitland Community Center, Perdue Farms, Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce, the Wicomico Rotary Club and Marty Neat.
MAC offers an abundance of services to help more active seniors live their lives to the fullest, such as helping retirees find meaningful volunteer opportunities through the RSVP program; helping seniors to improve their physical fitness and to take charge of their health through various wellness programs and classes; and a network of senior centers, where participants can enjoy recreational activities, fitness and educational programs, and the company of other seniors.
Other programs address the needs of the frail and vulnerable elderly, helping them remain independent and living in their own homes for as long as possible. Meals on Wheels delivers a nutritious meal, a safety check and a human connection to break isolation for frail, home-bound seniors, who are not able to get food and prepare their own meals because of illness or disability. The Ombudsman program safeguards seniors living in long-term care facilities from abuse and neglect.
Other services provide critical information and support, including health insurance counseling, help for caregivers, case management of supportive services and a senior employment program.