Cederholm honored for serving seniors

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By Staff

Judy Cederholm, 75, of Bardstown is this year’s recipient of the Lincoln Trail Area Development District’s Dorothy Dolle Memorial Award.

The award is given annually to an older person in the district who exemplifies the attributes of the award’s namesake, who was a dedicated volunteer for seniors.

Dolle worked for Lincoln Trail from 1981 until her death in 1992.

Cederholm said she was honored because she worked with her on various efforts.

“I really admired her and was happy and proud to get this award because I knew her and I knew what she stood for,” Cederholm said.

The award was presented Wednesday during Lincoln Trail’s 50th anniversary celebration dinner at Grace Heartland Church in Elizabethtown.

Cederholm is the 24th recipient of the award and the first from Nelson County to receive it since Luke Barlowe in 2011. The only other Nelson Countian to receive the award was Judy’s husband, Scott Cederholm, in 2002.

Nominations are reviewed by a select group of the Lincoln Trail Aging Advisory Council.

Judy Cederholm has been a volunteer for the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services’ State Health Insurance Assistance Program and the Tri-County Kentucky United Way, and is the current board chair of the Nelson County Community Clinic and works there as a volunteer prescription assistance specialist and Medicare adviser.

She has been an ambassador at Louisville International Airport, helping older travelers get to their destinations and find lodging; represented former U.S. Rep. Ron Lewis, R-Ky., at a White House Conference on Aging in 2005; facilitated a public relations campaign for the Kentucky Senior Services Corp; taught about volunteering at Bellarmine University; planned and coordinated six statewide conferences for senior adults; and has served on the Lincoln Trail Senior Advisory Council.

For the past 20 years, she has recruited more than 1,500 seniors as volunteers for RSVP.

She has also done volunteer work overseas, including for a mission for senior adults in Belfast, Northern Ireland as a member of the United Methodist Church.