WASHINGTON – Margaret Ross of Lewiston has won the 2005 Distinguished Senior Award presented by the Washington-based senior advocacy group National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare.

The Award honors older individuals who provide dedicated service to the community. The award is part of the National Committee’s annual Salute to Leaders in Aging program, which recognizes individuals and organizations for outstanding service to seniors and their families.

Ross volunteers for the Maine Medicare Education Partnership, First Call, Public Television, the Medicare Rights Center, the Woman’s Hospital Association and the Peace and Justice Commission.

She was nominated for her work with the Maine Medicare Education for counseling senior citizens about Medicare fraud and abuse and for researching best models for savings on the cost of prescription medications.

“Margaret Ross is basically a one-person agency on aging in her community,” said Barbara Kennelly, president and CEO of the national committee.

The ceremony took place May 9 as part of the committee’s celebration of Older Americans Month.

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