Jewish Family Service Director of Aging and Caregiver Services Ann Sutton Burke, MPA, CMC was honored as Outstanding Leader in the Field of Aging 2016 by Association for Professionals in Aging (APA) during an Awards and Holiday Luncheon December 8, 2016.
“Ann has been an exemplary leader in the field of aging services in the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky region for more than 36 years. She represents the field with immense leadership, utmost professionalism, tireless advocacy, and fierce passion for serving the unique needs of elders,” said Beth Schwartz, Jewish Family Service CEO, who nominated Burke. “We are proud that APA honored her with this award.”
APA is dedicated to increasing the ability of professionals from a broad range of disciplines to better meet the needs of older adults in the Tri-State area.
“Ann is widely respected among her peers, innovative in her approach to aging services, skilled in her ability to manage programs and people, and has devoted her entire career to elevating the lives of older people in our area and across the nation,” said Beth.
Ann has a Bachelor’s degree from Miami University in Sociology with a concentration on Gerontology, a Masters of Public Administration from Xavier University, and is Care Manager Certified. She is a Past President of Association for Professionals in Aging, a Board Member of the Midwest Chapter of the Aging Life Care Association (ALCA), the publisher of the ALCA Midwest Chapter newsletter, a member of the Planning Committees for both the Forum on Aging and the Alzheimer’s Association Annual Symposium. Before joining Jewish Family Service, she worked for Senior Services of Northern Kentucky, Visiting Nurse Association, Ohio Presbyterian Retirement Services, and Cincinnati Area Senior Services.
Her expertise in helping senior adults live independently in their own homes was nationally recognized when she gave testimony at a United States Senate hearing in 2006. Ann was honored in 2012 by the Council on Aging of Southwest Ohio as the Outstanding Professional in Aging.
“Ann is diligent in her efforts to dispel stereotypes and bias against aging,” said Beth. “She guards against common ageist commentary and portrayal, instead promoting a celebration of aging.”
Ann shares the philosophy on respecting older adults in her email signature byline, which reads, “My belief and commitment is that we are more than our age, and that stereotypes and discrimination based on age need to be challenged.”