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Excellence in Innovation Award
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This award recognizes programs and/or best practices implemented by a member community or among organizations that address significant needs in the pursuit of expanded possibilities for aging.

Eligible Nominees

Member communities their employees, and/or specific practices, models, and program initiatives and/or partnerships between organizations, one of which is a member community.

Qualifying Criteria

  • An innovative approach to service delivery or community operation through which quality of life is enhanced and the field of aging services is advanced
  • Collaboration within the community or with external entities acting in consort to address a need or challenge
  • Environmental enhancements through which quality of life is enriched for residents and/or staff
  • Extraordinary new services, programs, or practices that make life better and/or work more effectively and/or efficiently
  • A financially feasible model program with demonstrated benefits that can be widely replicated by others


Nominations will be accepted only through the online Awards Nomination form. You may download the Awards Program Brochure here. Nominations are due by February 28, 2020.


  • Name and contact information of nominee
  • Name of award
  • Name and contact information of person submitting nomination
  • One-page description (in PDF) of nominee’s qualifications as specified under each award category
  • Three to five photos of the nominee to be used in awards slideshow if selected

Tips for Writing a Nomination

  • Be clear, specific, and as concise as possible.
  • Speak from the heart without worrying too much about the quality of the writing. Use bullets whenever possible.
  • Provide concrete examples of what is meritorious about your nominee.
  • Include measurable results when possible.
  • Remember that effort and risk taking may also be award-worthy even if the results were not those originally envisioned.

Use the Qualifying Criteria provided for each award to focus your thoughts on the merits of your nominee. Feel free to insert points not set out in the Qualifying Criteria that you believe further commend your nominee for recognition.

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