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2016-17 Inspirational Senior Texan Contest
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—2016-2017 Inspirational Senior Texan—
Patricia Clayton Deckert | The Buckingham - Houston

By popular vote, Patricia Clayton Deckert (pictured left), a resident of The Buckingham in Houston, has been named our 2016-2017 Inspirational Senior Texan. Congratulations to Patricia & all at The Buckingham on this prestigious honor. In May, Patricia will be presented with an award at the Opening General Session of our 2017 Annual Conference in Austin - make plans to come join us in celebrating her!

Patricia's nomination - submitted by Pamela Ortiz, The Buckingham

When I had to think of someone to nominate out of all the wonderful residents here at The Buckingham Senior Living, Patricia (Pat) Deckert was the first person to come to mind. She represents a resident that gives back to our community but contributes outside and has been for many years.

Pat's Story, when I met in 2005, she was a book worm in the community always in our Library. Working with other residents to transform it from the designer books from when we opened to a real library. A place where residents could come and read, partake in puzzle, or just relax outside of their apartment. Pat, however, has been giving back for many years, for the past 26 years she has been a volunteer at Houston Methodist hospital and a leader in the volunteer group and trains new volunteers. For 20 plus years volunteer as the House Manager at A.D Players Theatre (a place we frequent with our residents).

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2016-2017 Contest Runners-Up

Second place goes to Rochelle Margolis of The Wesleyan at Estrella Assisted Living in Georgetown & rounding out the top three contestants is Billie Looper of Christian Care Senior Living Communities in Mesquite. Click here to read the nominations for these truly inspirational runners-up.

Click here to view all the nominations for the 2016-2017 Contest.
Thank you to all those who nominated & voted!


About the Contest
The contest is held annually in recognition of National Senior Citizens Day* (August 21) and serves as an opportunity for LeadingAge Texas members to recognize senior citizens in their communities who make outstanding contributions and inspire others with their actions.

2016-2017 Contest Timeline

  • August 2: All entries must be submitted by Tuesday, August 2
    EXTENDED DEADLINE: August 5: All entries must be submitted by Friday, August 5
  • August 11-16: Voting will be opened to all LeadingAge Texas members via the August 11 issue of the LeadingAge Texas Connection and will close at 11:59 PM on Tuesday, August 16.
  • August 18: The winner will be announced on August 18 in the LeadingAge Texas Connection and will be celebrated on the LeadingAge Texas website and social media platforms in advance of National Senior Citizen Day on August 21.
  • May 22: The winner will be honored during the Opening General Session of the 2017 LeadingAge Texas Annual Conference on May 22.

NOTE: All nominators will receive a press release template to send to media outlets and newspapers in attempt to highlight National Senior Citizens Day and the residents of LeadingAge Texas communities.


*National Senior Citizens Day is celebrated annually on August 21 to recognize the outstanding contributions senior citizens make in communities across the country. National Senior Citizens Day was established in 1988 by President Reagan in honor of senior citizens in the US who made positive contributions in their communities. The day was also created to bring awareness of social, health, and economic issues that affect senior citizens.

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