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Area Agency on Aging Named Recipient of Prestigious Aging Innovations Award from USAging

  Posted on July 28, 2023

 Ontario, OH—The Area Agency on Aging is thrilled to announce that its Community Care Services Program received a 2023 Aging Innovations Award from USAging, one of the highest honors presented by USAging to its members. Community Care Program, which provides in-home services to vulnerable individuals by a team of registered nurses (RNs) and state-tested nursing assistants (STNAs) through enabling services for clients with immediate needs when the local provider network is unable due to lack of capacity.


The 2023 USAging Aging Innovations & Achievement Awards, supported by and Cumulus, recognizes USAging’s Area Agency on Aging and Title VI Native American Aging Program members that have found new and innovative ways to support older adults, people with disabilities and caregivers as they live in their homes and communities.

“The Aging Innovations & Achievement Awards are a timely reminder of the evolving role USAging members play in the planning, development, coordination and delivery of aging and other home and community-based services in nearly every community in the United States,” said USAging CEO Sandy Markwood. “The AAAs and Title VI programs we honor today have set a standard for innovation and creativity in helping vulnerable older adults live with independence and dignity in their homes and communities,” Markwood added. “USAging is inspired by the example they have set for others in the Aging Network.”

The innovative nature of the Community Care Services program focuses on STNA retention and addresses workforce challenges in direct care, by providing administrative skill development, mentorship, and enhanced workforce culture.


Duana Patton, CEO of the Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging, Inc. said, “The Agency is proud to be one of over 600 Area Agency’s across the country who are tireless advocates and innovators.  The Community Care Program has been a model for others to follow and I am so proud of our team.  I was honored to accept the award along with one of our Community Care Specialist at the USAging National Conference in Salt Lake City”. 


The 2023 USAging Aging Innovations & Achievement Awards honored traditional and new strategies in a range of categories, including Caregiving, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Health-LTSS Integration, Healthy Aging, Home and Community-Based Services, Housing and Homelessness, Nutrition, Public Health and Vaccinations, Social Engagement, Technology and Transportation and Mobility.  


All winners are highlighted in the USAging Aging Innovations & Achievement Awards Showcase.


The Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging, Inc., located at 2131 Park Avenue West in Ontario, provides leadership, collaboration, coordination and services to older adults, people with disabilities, their caregivers & resource networks that support individual choice, independence, and dignity.


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About USAging


USAging is the national association representing and supporting the network of Area Agencies on Aging and advocating for the Title VI Native American Aging Programs. Our members help older adults and people with disabilities throughout the United States live with optimal health, well-being, independence and dignity in their homes and communities. USAging is dedicated to supporting the success of our members through advancing public policy, sparking innovation, strengthening the capacity of our members, raising their visibility and working to drive excellence in the fields of aging and home and community-based services. For more information about USAging, AAAs or Title VI programs, visit