The German Senior Citizens’ Awards

Founder and Principal Benefactor Otto Mühlschlegel

The creation of the German Senior Citizens’ Awards can be traced back to the founder and benefactor Otto Mühlschlegel (1898-1995). In 1930 the entrepreneur from the Black Forest region of Germany acquired the Stuttgart-based "Autotechnikvertriebs- und Organisationsgesellschaft" (Automotive Technology Sales and Organizational Company), or AVOG for short, and over the next four decades, built it into one of southwestern Germany’s prominent automotive suppliers and manufacturers of household appliances.

But Otto Mühlschlegel proved to have drive and a keen sense of new technologies during retirement, too. He was well over 80 years old when he and his wife Edith began to support innovative concepts for geriatric care. Their focus was on enabling senior citizens to spend their entire lives in their own home.

Their first major project proved to be successful: in 1992, the "Haus am Weinberg" in Stuttgart-Obertürkheim opened its doors. This new type of "service house" enabled around 130 senior citizens or physically disabled persons to live in their own apartments, with both in- and outpatient care services offered under one roof. Further similar projects soon followed.

The Otto and Edith Mühlschlegel Foundation is managed by the Robert Bosch Stiftung as a dependent foundation.

Pictures: Otto and Edith Mühlschlegel
Photos: Haus am Weinberg, Stuttgart

The Jury

Our jurors come from various different perspectives and deal with the topic of aging in many different ways. Find out more about the nine members of our jury.