n4a Honors Leaders in the Aging Field

A special announcement from n4a:
 
 
At the 43rd n4a Annual Conference in Chicago this week, we were thrilled to honor many of the leaders and innovators in the Aging Network with awards. 
 
The n4a Excellence in Leadership Award was presented at the conference to Roberta Sue Slinkard, Title VI Director of the Osage Tribe of Oklahoma, Pawhuska, OK; John Skirven, CEO of Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia, Norfolk, VA; and Kathryn C. Boles, President and CEO of Valley Area Agency on Aging, Flint, MI. 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 Paul Bridgewater, President and CEO of the Detroit Area Agency on Aging, Detroit, MI. 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 45 local aging programs created by 43 of our member agencies with the 2018 n4a Aging Innovations and Achievement Awards. The awards program, sponsored by WellCare Health Plans, recognizes AAAs and Title VI programs that have implemented successful and innovative programs that 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: Prince George’s County Area Agency on Aging, VA; Maryland Living Well Center of Excellence, Maintaining Active Citizens (MAC), Inc., MD; Senior and Disability Services of Rogue Valley Council of Governments, OR and Jefferson Area Board for Aging (JABA), VA. 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 the Coalition of Limited English Speaking Elderly. Finalist and runner-up to the Coalition of Limited English Speaking Elderly is the Area Agency on Aging Region One, with New York City Department for the Aging 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!