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  2002 Press Releases  

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Jan Costello
Phone: 217-785-9020, TTY: 1-800-252-8966

March 4, 2002

Director of Aging Salutes Older Illinois Women

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois Department on Aging Director Margo E. Schreiber encourages Illinoisans to reflect upon the contributions of older women in shaping their communities as part of Women’s History Month, celebrated in March.

"I encourage Illinoisans to celebrate Women’s History Month by spending time with an older relative, perhaps someone in a nursing home, or someone who was particularly influential in their lives," Schreiber said. "There are dynamic, older women all around us, and they have so much to share with adults and young people."

Schreiber noted that Ruth Easton, 103, of Mattoon, is a member of the Senior Illinoisan Hall of Fame who committed her life to helping others. Easton has been volunteering for the American Red Cross for the past 85 years.

Helen Bordman, 105, of Schaumburg, also symbolizes the strength of older women, Schreiber said. A motivational speaker, Bordman has written a book titled, "The First Hundred Years," and was featured on National Public Radio’s recent series on centenarians.

The national theme selected for the month is, "Women Sustaining the American Spirit."

"I can think of no two finer examples of women sustaining the American spirit than Ruth Easton and Helen Bordman," Schreiber said. "They have lived through some of the toughest times our country’s history and are still full of life, hope and goodness. They are living examples of that you are never too old to open a new door in life. Ruth and Helen are true Illinois gems."

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