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December 2021

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Senior of the Year Anne Tudor.

Awards a tribute to outstanding seniors

Ballarat dementia advocate Anne Tudor has received the 2021 Premier’s Award for Victorian Senior of the Year for her tireless work campaigning for dementia awareness and inclusive aged care services for the LGBTIQ+ community.

After Ms Tudor’s wife Edie Mayhew was diagnosed with dementia at age 59, the couple committed to sharing their story of dementia and accessing aged care services as an LGBTIQ+ couple.

Ms Tudor also initiated Australia’s first dementia-friendly bushwalk at Ballarat’s Woowookarung Regional Park, which opened earlier this year.

Ms Mayhew sadly passed away from complications of younger onset dementia in 2020.

Ms Tudor continues to raise awareness and educate the community about younger onset dementia.

Local leader John Thuy from Ashburton received the 2021 Promotion of Multiculturalism Award for his volunteer work to strengthen social connections and increase belonging among Vietnamese seniors, including through weekly online singing get-togethers during the pandemic.

First Nations elders were also honoured, with Warrnambool local and proud Gunditjmara man Uncle Locky Eccles receiving the Healthy and Active Living Award for his intergenerational leadership, sharing language, culture and his passion for sport with the community.

Aunty Frances Gallagher received the Ageing Well Award for her highly respected work supporting and mentoring young people and advocating and caring for fellow elders, particularly those who are isolated or dealing with health issues.

The Victorian Senior of the Year Awards are presented annually as part of the Victorian Seniors Festival.

Award recipients will be celebrated in person with a ceremony at Government House in early 2022.

•       For more information about the 2021 Victorian Senior of the Year awards and a list of winners visit https://www.seniorsonline.vic.gov.au/awards.