Programs of Excellence

Award-winning programs from senior centers across the U.S.

Every year, the National Institute of Senior Centers (NISC) honors outstanding efforts made by senior centers across the nation to offer innovative, creative, and replicable programs for older adults.

Senior centers across the country offer an exciting array of programs. The annual NISC Programs of Excellence Awards honor and promote these outstanding efforts.

In 2017, NISC is offerred $100 awards for winners of each category, and a $300 award for the top marketing campaign! The $300 award will rotate through different categories over the next few years.

2017 Winners

After reviewing 111 nominations, the NISC Committee selected 8 award winners and 8 honorable mentions. Each program is proof of the important work that happens at senior centers.

Read about the 2017 programs of excellence winners to get unique programming ideas for your center. A complete listing of all submitted programs is available as a NISC member-benefit.

Community Development, Leadership and Intergenerational Programs

  • Winner: Battle of the Ages, Bykota Senior Center, Towson, MD
  • Honorable mention: Southborough Trailblazers, Southborough Senior Center, Southborough, MA

Cultural Programs

  • Winner: Bain’s Got Talent, Bain 50+ Center, Columbia, MD
  • Honorable mention: Polka and Pierogies, Rosedale Senior Center, Rosedale, MD

Fundraising Programs

  • Winner: Lucky Duck Race, Rockport Council on Aging, Rockport, MA
  • Honorable mention: “Souper Bowl” Saturday, Town of Groton Senior Center, Groton, CT

Health and Wellness Programs

  • Winner: Derby Senior Center Health Corner: Diabetes 101 A Hand On Approach to a Healthier You, Derby Senior Center, Derby, KS
  • Honorable mention: Fitbit Wellness Training Program, Newport 60+ Activity Center, Newport, OR

Nutrition Programs

  • Winner: “Fresh Bites” Nutrition/Cooking/Tasting Class, Agudath Israel – Moriah Senior Center, New York, NY
  • Honorable mention: Ridgely Senior Center Straw Bale Community Garden, Ridgely Senior Center, Ridgely, TN

Special Events

  • Winner: “Who Matters” A Multigenerational Photo & Story Project, Madison Senior Center, Madison, WI
  • Honorable mention: Holi – Hindu Celebration of Spring, Flower Mound Senior Center, Flower Mound, TX

Technology Programs

  • Winner: The Selfie Project, Old Bridge Senior Center, Old Bridge, NJ
  • Honorable mention: Virtual Programming, Lexington Senior Services, Lexington, MA

Marketing Strategy or Campaign Award

  • Winner: Reimagine Aging, Baltimore County Department of Aging, Towson, MD
  • Honorable mention: Greenleaf Supportive Day Marketing Campaign, Amesbury Council on Aging, Amesbury, MA

Previous winners

How to apply

All senior centers are invited to submit a program in one of the six categories above. Judges will look for programs that are innovative, creative, and easily replicated. Applications for the 2018 awards will open in the fall.