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Award for Excellence in Multicultural Aging

The Award for Excellence in Multicultural Aging recognizes organizations that have demonstrated high-quality, innovative programs enhancing the lives of a multicultural aging population. The nominee organization or program must be an ASA and NOMA member; their program should have a successful track record, and have been in existence for at least one year. Nominee programs will be evaluated on the program’s potential for replication, whether or not the organization is involved in partnerships or coalitions with other groups, and the involvement of consumers and volunteers in program design.

The winning program will be featured in the Aging in America Conference program book, in AgeBlog, and on this page. The award is typically presented during the NOMA Program at the ASA annual conference.

Click here to submit a nomination
Deadline: October 15


2016 Award for Excellence in Multicultural Aging 

Aging in Community with Mandarin-Speaking Seniors (ACMS)

ACMS is a program of the Orange County Department on Aging (OC DoA) in North Carolina. OC DoA strives to help every senior, regardless of their cultural or economic background to age in place. The OC DoA became a harbor for many Mandarin-speaking Chinese seniors even before the agency hired any bilingual staff. Beginning in 2011, there was a steady trickle of Mandarin-speaking older adults who found Orange County’s senior center, the Seymour Center, in Chapel Hill a welcoming place. Within a short time, the center was filled with 10-20 Mandarin-speaking persons every morning. By 2012, the OC DoA recognized the need for a more formal program for Mandarin-speaking elders. With the help from a two-year state Money Follows the Person and NC Lifespan grant in 2012, the OC DoA was able to employ a bilingual social worker to help with senior center programming as well as to help these individuals access and navigate local services.

ACMS was presented the 2016 Award for Excellence in Multicultural Aging at the Aging in America Conference in Washington DC.

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