NCOA: Nominate a Trailblazer in Aging

Feb 20, 2019

The Trailblazer in Aging Awards presented by the National Council on Aging (NCOA)recognize the unique contributions and leadership of individuals and organizations working to empower every person to age well. The Awards honor those committed to ensuring that each of us is able to age with our best possible health and economic security. 

The Trailblazer in Aging Awards are open to top individuals and organizations across the country serving older adults. A distinguished panel of judges will be looking for standout nominees who deserve recognition and praise. Award recipients will be announced in April 2019 and honored during NCOA’s Age+Action Conference June 2019 in Washington, DC.

Entry Deadline: February 28, 2019 @ 5 p.m. ET

Awards Event: June 19, 2019, Washington, DC

Award Categories

  • Innovator: Recognizing an individual or organization that has created innovative solutions to improve the health and economic security of older adults in the community.
  • Change Agent: Recognizing an individual or organization working to ensure that every person—regardless of race, income, or background—has the resources to age well.
  • Lifetime Achievement: Recognizing an individual who has had a lifelong career of outstanding service to older adults.
  • NISC Founder: Recognizing outstanding professional leadership in the senior center field, presented by NCOA’s National Institute of Senior Centers (NISC).

Any individual or organization working to improve the health and economic security of older adults is eligible for these awards. Preference will be given to nominees who demonstrate creativity, impact, leadership, compassion, diversity, and continuous improvement. You may submit multiple nominees per category.

Questions? Email NCOA at

The nomination form is available here.