NCOA to Highlight Economic Security and Healthy Aging at 2011 Aging in America Conference

Mar 28, 2011, 13:30 ET from National Council on Aging

Annual Award Winners to be Recognized at Largest Yearly Gathering of Aging Professionals

WASHINGTON, March 28, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Council on Aging (NCOA) will be one of the featured affiliate organizations at the 2011 Aging in America conference, April 26-30, in San Francisco. Aging in America is the nation's largest gathering of professionals from the fields of aging, health care, economic security, and senior education.


Presented by the American Society on Aging, the conference offers more than 600 educational sessions, special events for senior centers, nationally renowned keynote speakers, and an exhibit hall featuring cutting-edge products and services.

NCOA's sessions will provide professionals with new information to help older Americans who are struggling in today's economy and tools to empower seniors to improve their own health. Additional sessions will focus on critical public policy and tools for senior centers from NCOA's National Institute of Senior Centers (NISC).

Full details on the conference can be found at

NCOA Award Winners

A highlight of the conference will be the presentation of the annual NCOA Leadership Awards during a special ceremony on April 28 from 6-7 p.m.  The distinguished recipients of this year's awards are:

  • Sen. Herb Kohl (D-WI); Ollie Randall Award – for singular and outstanding contributions toward advancing the cause of aging.
  • Val Halamandaris; Claude Pepper Award – for excellence in community-based long term care.
  • Ron Schoeffler; Geneva Mathiasen Award –for major contributions to NCOA and its programs.
  • Care for Elders; Jack Ossofsky Award – for taking a creative, new idea and developing it into a successful program, service, or policy that helps older people achieve vital aging.
  • Health Foundation of Southern Florida; Arthur Flemming Award – for establishing powerful partnerships that build bridges between the public and private sector so that older persons are better able to weather the hazards and vicissitudes of life.

"NCOA is excited to be a part of this great event, and honored to have such influential award winners in the field of aging for 2011," said Jim Firman, president and CEO of NCOA. "These community leaders have worked with NCOA to truly improve the lives of millions of older adults, and we thank them for their contributions."

About NCOA   The National Council on Aging is a non-profit service and advocacy organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. NCOA is a national voice for older Americans - especially those who are vulnerable and disadvantaged - and the community organizations that serve them. It brings together non-profit organizations, businesses and government to develop creative solutions that improve the lives of all older adults. NCOA works with thousands of organizations across the country to help seniors find jobs and benefits, improve their health, live independently and remain active in their communities. For more information, visit

SOURCE National Council on Aging