n4a Honors Leaders in the Aging Field

We are delighted to announce the leaders and innovators in the Aging Network honored with awards at the n4a 42nd Annual Conference and Tradeshow in Savannah last week.

The n4a Excellence in Leadership Award was presented at the conference to Jonathan Lavin, CEO of AgeOptions in Oak Park, IL. n4a members submit nominations for this Award to recognize AAA and Title VI directors who have demonstrated exceptional leadership capabilities at the local, state or national level in advancing the mission of the Older Americans Act and preparing communities for our nation's rapidly aging population.

n4a President Kathy Boles presented the President's Award to Billie Johnson, President and CEO of the Area Office on Aging of Northwestern Ohio, Inc. in Toledo, OH. This Award is presented annually by the n4a President to honor a colleague in the aging field who has helped advance the mission of n4a.

We also honored 52 local aging programs created by 44 of our member agencies with the 2017 n4a Aging Innovations and Achievement Awards. The awards program, sponsored by WellCare Health Plans, Inc., recognizes AAAs and Title VI programs that have implemented successful initiatives to support older adults, people with disabilities and family caregivers. The Awards were presented at a luncheon and, thanks to the generous support of WellCare, the four top-ranking programs received monetary awards: Mountain Empire Older Citizens, Inc.Greater Lynn Senior ServicesNew York City Department for the Aging and United Way's Area Agency on Aging of Tarrant County. To learn more about this year's winners, read our press release.

n4a's Aging and Disability Business Institute, on behalf of The John A. Hartford Foundation, presented The John A. Hartford Business Innovation Award to Virginia Area Agencies on Aging – Caring for the Commonwealth (VAAACares). Finalist and runner-up to VAAACares is the Living Well Center of Excellence located at Maintaining Active Citizens (MAC, Inc.), with Aroostook Agency on Aging also receiving an honorable mention. This award recognizes community-based organizations that have made significant strides in contracting with health care entities and, as such, have substantially improved the quality of life of older adults.

Congratulations to all the winners!



USAging Fact: Learn about your peers’ work—and how it can fit into your agency’s goals! The AIA Awards recognizes successful and innovative programs that USAging members have developed to serve older adults. Get inspiration from our 2023 winners!