’16 over 60′ honoree: ‘If you like life, then help’

Kent County

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Forbes has its “30 under 30,” Fortune Magazine and the Grand Rapids Business Journal have their “40 under 40,” now Kent County’s Senior Neighbors is getting ready to honor its “16 over 60.”

Among the organization’s honorees is Bob Hill, who retired more than 35 years ago.

“I like to do things,” he said.

From 9:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. almost every day of the week, you’ll find Hill at Brookcrest Rehabilitation and Life Center in Grandville. He’s been volunteering there since 1990.

“It’s like every day it’s his goal in life to be helping someone. He’s in a volunteer capacity in some format like every day,” said Brian Clark, director of development and donor care at Senior Neighbors.

Clark says Hill was the perfect nominee to be honored during their 16 over 60 Awards Gala.

“Why we stared this event? Maybe (to) change perceptions a little bit. I think it’s really easy for some people to write off people as they age and maybe think that they’re not contributing anymore,” said Clark.

Don’t count Hill out. For nearly 70 years, he was involved in the Boy Scouts of America, from Cub Scout to scoutmaster and camp director.

After playing in the band at the University of Michigan, he was a high school band director in Lawton, Wyoming and Kentwood.

“That’s just in me. I’ve done it all my life,” said Hill.

Hill is 80 years old but says he doesn’t feel like he’s that old. His secret: “Be a volunteer and get involved in something. If you sit around the house, you’re going to die. If you like life, then help somebody out with the free time that you have.”

Senior Neighbors will hold its 16 over 60 Awards Gala Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park.

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