NEI3A Receives Two Aging Achievement Awards at National n4A Conference

posted 7/29/2019 in Press Releases

Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging Receives Two Aging Achievement Awards from the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a)

Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging announces that the two of its programs have been honored with a 2019 Aging Achievement Award by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a). The awards program is supported by WellCare Health Plans. “Personal Financial Participation in Valuable Programs” and “Making Meals Easy” were among 48 local aging programs to receive honors at the n4a Annual Conference & Tradeshow, July 27-31, New Orleans.

The 2019 n4a Aging Innovations and Achievement Awards recognizes Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) and Title VI Native American aging programs that develop and implement cutting-edge approaches to support older adults, people with disabilities and their family caregivers. Among the selection criteria was the ease with which other agencies could replicate the program in their communities. 

“n4a is thrilled to present the Aging Innovations and Achievement Awards to a diverse and talented group of Area Agencies on Aging. We are happy to say that every corner of the country is represented in the 2019 awards this year” said Sandy Markwood, Chief Executive Officer of n4a. “The work the AAAs have done to deliver innovative and successful programs in their communities is remarkable. From programs that focus on healthy aging or transportation to nutrition or social engagement, we commend them all and urge them to continue creating great programs like the ones highlighted in this year’s 2019 Aging Innovations and Achievements Awards.” Markwood said.

“Personal Financial Participation in Valuable Programs” allows older individuals of all income level to contribute to programs and services offered to help empower them to remain independent as they age. These contributions allow the agency to leverage its limited funding and expand programs and services to help more people have access to the services. Making meals easy is a group cooking workshop where participants learn to prepare freezer meals that can easily be cooked in a slow cooker, oven or pan for a healthy meal for two.

The 2019 n4a Aging Achievement Awards honored traditional and new strategies in a range of categories including Advocacy, Agency Operations, Caregiving, Community Planning & Livable Communities, Diversity & Cultural Competency, Elder Abuse Prevention, Health-LTSS Integration, Healthy Aging, Home & Community-Based Services, Information & Referral/Access to Services, Intergenerational Programs, Nutrition, Social Engagement, Technology, Transportation & Mobility and Workforce Development.

All winners are showcased in the n4a awards book.

About NEI3A

Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging serves 18 counties in Northeast Iowa and is a one of six Area Agencies on Aging in Iowa. With a mission of empowering older individuals to age with dignity and independence, NEI3A strives to improve the lives of older Iowans, their caregivers and their communities by providing information, services and supports to enable aging at home. (www.nie3a.org)  

About n4a

The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) is the leading voice on aging issues for the 622 Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) across the country and a champion in our nation’s capital for the more than 250 Title VI Native American aging programs. n4a’s primary mission is to build the capacity of our members so they can help older adults and people with disabilities live with dignity and choices in their homes and communities for as long as possible. (www.n4a.org)

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