Programs of Excellence
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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 2018, NISC is offerring $100 awards for winners of each category, and a $300 award for the top social isolation prevention campaign! The $300 award will rotate through different categories over the next few years.

2018 Winners

After reviewing 92 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 2018 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: 100 Cups of Coffee, Norwell Council on Aging, MA
  • Honorable mention: Bridging the Gap, Lutz Senior Center, FL

Cultural Programs

  • Winner: Griswell’s Open Mic and Poetry Slam, J. Charley Griswell Senior Center, GA
  • Honorable mention: Enjoying Opera and Classical Music, Surrey Services for Seniors, PA

Fundraising Programs

  • Winner: Mystic Muddy Mayhem, Groton Senior Center, CT
  • Honorable mention: Seniors Got Talent, West Side Active Older Adult Community Center, PA

Health and Wellness Programs

  • Winner: The Living Well Talk Series
  • Honorable mention: Effects of Play Therapy on Balance and Quality of Life in Older Adults, Johnson City Senior Center, TN

Nutrition Programs

  • Winner: DCSL’s Top Chef, Durham Center for Senior Life, NC
  • Honorable mention: Social Supper, Plainville Senior Center, MA

Special Events

  • Winner: My Journey, Friendship Centers, FL
  • Honorable mention: Journey into Space, Parkville Senior Center, MD

Technology Programs

  • Winner: Making Technology Easier for Seniors Expo, Robert and Pearl Seymour Center, NC
  • Honorable mention: Get your Feet Wet with Technology, Catonsville Senior Center, NC

Marketing Strategy or Campaign Award

  • Winner: Senior Shopping Mall, Senior Services Associates, Inc., IL

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 will open in Fall 2019.