Age of Excellence Awards honor caretakers

By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email
By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Caring for an elderly loved one is a labor of love, filled with a mountain of challenges.

Thursday afternoon, people and organizations that care for the elderly and disabled were honored for their tireless efforts.

It was the 18th annual Age of Excellence Awards sponsored by Real Services.

Hundreds packed Century Center to hear from actress and comedienne Vicki Lawrence, best known for her roles on the “Carol Burnett Show” and “Momma's Family.”

Lawrence said humor can go a long way when dealing with the pressures of caring for someone who can no longer care for themselves.

“I have a motto that I have had for years, ‘Life is much too serious to be taken seriously,’” said Lawrence. “And as I get older, I find that is more true than I ever realized, and I am going to tell the crowd today, if you don't laugh about life you will slit your wrists. And if you are the mother like I am, you have to clean up the mess, so I highly advocate laughing.”

Once again, NewsCenter 16’s Terry McFadden had the honor of emceeing the event and enjoying lunch with the comedic genius.

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