After a long 36-year career of serving his hometown, 67-year-old Peter Denton was named Senior Citizen of the Year in Mendon, Massachusetts. The Milford Daily News reports that the town recently honored Denton with an event attended by more than 100 friends and family and featured speeches from a pair of state congressmen.
While Denton said there was no exact recipe for his winning the award, it is apparent the man has been dedicated to making his town a better place.
He is currently a member of the Mendon Lions Club and also serves on the Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals and the Parks Commission.
"Peter's a real good guy, and he deserves it," Selectman Michael Ammendolia told the news source. "He's put quite a lot of energy in his lifetime into the town of Mendon."
Much of Denton's charity likely required him to maintain an active lifestyle. Although not everyone can parlay their activity into an award, it still yields a number of benefits for older adults. The Centers for Disease Control reports that staying active can reduce symptoms of depression, and may also reduce the rate of cognitive decline in the elderly.