On April 22, 2015, the Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging at the Institute for Public Health at Washington University recognized three individuals for their service to older adults in St. Louis at the center’s annual lecture. The 2015 Alene and Meyer Kopolow Award for Geriatrics, Psychiatry, and Neurology was presented to Brendan Lucey. The 2015 Harvey A. & Dorismae Hacker Friedman Award for Excellence in Service to Older Adults was awarded to Karen Berry Elbert and Sherrill Wayland. Awards are supported with funds from the Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital.
2015 Kopolow Award Winner: Brendan Lucey
The Alene & Meyer Kopolow award recognizes stellar contributions to the care of older adults by a resident, post-residency fellow, or junior faculty member in neurology, psychiatry, medicine, or related disciplines through direct patient care, education, or research.
Dr. Lucey is an assistant professor of neurology in the School of Medicine at Washington University. He sees patients at the Sleep Medicine Center and works with the Charles F. and Joanne Knight Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. Dr. Lucey is actively working on two novel research projects that are investigating the relationship between sleep and Alzheimer’s disease.
2015 Friedman Award Winners: Karen Berry Elbert and Sherrill Wayland
The criteria for the Friedman Award was expanded in 2015. The award recognizes individuals in the St. Louis Metro region who make outstanding contributions in service to older adults. Individuals may make this contribution through practice, education, advocacy, or research.
Ms. Berry Elbert manages the St. Louis NORC at the Jewish Federation of St. Louis. She was instrumental in developing this national model program to help older adults remain living independently and has directed it since its inception in 2002. She has over 35 years of experience in the non-profit community, including administering a philanthropic foundation, grantmaking consultation, and leadership positions with the United Way of Greater St. Louis, Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis, and Congregation Temple Israel.
Ms. Wayland has over twenty years of experience in disability, aging, and LGBT advocacy and education. In 2008, she became the founding executive director of SAGE Metro St. Louis (Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders). Her organization works to enhance the quality of life for LGBT older adults in the St. Louis Metro Region. She also created the first St. Louis LGBT senior referral network and the Missouri Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health Access Training Network.
For over 10 years, the Friedman Center for Aging has presented these awards on an annual basis. Awardees are selected based on nominations submitted to the Friedman Center; in addition to public recognition, awardees receive a small monetary award to support their work. Past Awardees
“There are many professionals serving older adults in our community through education, practice, and research. With the support of the Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital and the Kopolow and Friedman families, we are honored to recognize some of these deserving individuals,” said Nancy Morrow-Howell, director of the Friedman Center.