Initiatives empower older adults to stay healthy, engaged, and connected in their communities

Simona Combi
Public Relations Manager

May 22, 2024, Arlington, VA—When you think of your neighborhood senior center, you may not imagine the setting for an educational podcast or a mobile van pulling into to your local park or alleyway. But these are just two examples of the innovative programs happening at senior centers across the nation as they work each day to empower older adults to age well.

The National Council on Aging (NCOA) has announced its annual Programs of Excellence Awards, a peer-reviewed competition offered through its National Institute of Senior Centers (NISC). From helping participants re-discover their inner purpose, to teaching older adults how to create and produce an educational podcast, to taking vital programs and services on the road (literally), this year’s honorees inspire their peer organizations to even greater heights of creativity and impact.

“Senior centers are every community’s best-kept secret,” said Dianne Stone, NCOA’s Associate Director, Center for Healthy Aging.

“As evidenced by our winners, senior centers are vital hubs of activity that are constantly reinventing themselves to keep pace with the needs and desires of today’s older adult.”

The 2023 Programs of Excellence winners in each category include:

Marketing / Public Relations


Health and Wellness


Technology, Virtual, and Hybrid Programming

Social and Support Services

Modernizing Senior Centers Innovation

NCOA celebrated each winning program with a cash prize during its Age+Action Conference in May. Additionally, winners are featured on and in NCOA’s Programs of Excellence webinar series.

About NCOA:
The National Council on Aging (NCOA) is the national voice for every person’s right to age well. We believe that how we age should not be determined by gender, color, sexuality, income, or zip code. Working with thousands of national and local partners, we provide resources, tools, best practices, and advocacy to ensure every person can age with health and financial security. Founded in 1950, we are the oldest national organization focused on older adults. Learn more at and @NCOAging.