Virtual Celebration | Saturday, October 9, 2021

Honoring exceptional older adults who prove


The 70 Over 70 Next Chapter Awards, presented by Hannan Center, represent the human potential that continues and in many cases increases with age. Awardees reflect the diverse interests, accomplishments and lifestyles of older people in Michigan.

Awardees will be honored during a virtual celebration as well as featured in a commemorative program book and on the 70 Over Seventy Awards website.

Award Descriptions

  • Awardees will have engaged in the creation, teaching and/or advancement of art through dissemination. They will have shown a commitment to enriching communities through art–by creating or facilitating increased access to art–and made them more beautiful as a result. Craftspeople will have created exceptional artwork and teachers/facilitators will have helped communities have greater access and knowledge of art.

  • Awardees will have lived interesting and fulfilling lives as well as continued to contribute to their communities allowing them to have aged and continue aging well. Contributions can be in the form of new careers, mentorship, volunteerism, or other areas. The person will have made outstanding contributions of significance in their lifetimes and exemplify aging that others aspire to experience.

  • Awardees will have entrepreneurial spirit and initiative. They will have started and/or own and operate their own business. They will have taken the time to shape ideas into well performing ventures as well as operationalize innovation and demonstrate resilience. Awardees will have either newly entered the entrepreneurship field by starting or supporting a new business or have owned and operated their own business within the last 10 years.

  • Awardees will have consistently operated in service to individuals or groups–contributing talents, skills, and support to family, friends, and neighbors–with little recognition. They will have a demonstrated a deep and tireless yet quiet commitment to service that enhances the quality of life in their communities. Awardees will exhibit leadership as a positive role model and have positively influenced a circumstance from behind the scenes.

  • Awardees will have demonstrated a lively curiosity and willingness to study new subjects or have a serious involvement with a specific subject matter. They will treat learning itself as a valued part of life and through it found ways to continuously recreate themselves through personal and/or professional growth. They will have an enthusiastic lifelong commitment to learning.

  • Awardees will have demonstrated outstanding civic service and meaningful involvement while fostering a spirit of service in others. The depth and scope of their work will have had significant impact on the community in which they’ve served. They will have a commitment and passion to improving the community and their work and leadership bring others into service.

  • Awardees will have cultivated solutions to identified community challenges and used those solutions to build communities and neighborhoods in unprecedented ways. They will be leaders in creating social, cultural and economic value in communities in ways that drastically shift public discourse, perceptions, and realities.

Nominations are open until Friday, August 13, 2021

For a paper nomination form or additional information, please contact Tara Franey – 313.833.1300 ext. 20 or email

70 Over 70 The Next Chapter Awards™ is produced by Hannan Center, which houses the programs and services of the Luella Hannan Memorial Foundation, and has served older adults in the metro Detroit area for over 96 years.