The Ventura County Area Agency on Aging HomeShare Program recently received recognition from the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) with an Aging Innovations Award, the highest honor presented by n4a to member agencies. The HomeShare Program award was among the top local aging programs to receive honors. Additionally, the VCAAA was awarded an n4a Aging Achievement Award for the Fall Prevention Program during the n4a Annual Conference and Tradeshow held in July, in Philadelphia.
The prestigious n4a Aging Innovations Award ceremony recognized Area Agencies on Aging and Title VI Native American aging programs that implemented successful initiatives to support older adults, people with disabilities and their family caregivers. Honorees shared best practices with an audience of more than 900 Aging Network leaders who gathered at the four-day conference to engage in a dialogue about challenges facing older adults and solutions being developed by AAAs throughout the nation.
The VCAAA award-winning HomeShare Program helps seniors maintain their independence and remain in their homes by matching them with home-seekers who are willing to help with some combination of household tasks, transportation or financial support in exchange for affordable housing.
VCAAA Director, Victoria Jump, expressed her excitement about receiving the multiple awards.“Winning these prestigious national awards validates the hard work of the staff, the Advisory Council, the Fall Prevention Coalition and our volunteers and demonstrates VCAAA’s commitment to being an Agency that is innovative and responsive to the changing needs of the seniors in Ventura County,”
The VCAAA serves Ventura County’s 60-plus population and persons with disabilities and employs a person-centered approach in aiding them in living a life with dignity and maximum independence. The VCAAA also provides leadership and advocacy in addressing critical issues that relate to seniors and directly operates a number of programs. The VCAAA is funded by the Federal Older Americans Act, State of California Older Californians Act, County of Ventura and program donations.
To learn more about the VCAAA, find out how you can volunteer or to donate funds, please log on to www.ventura.org/vcaaa or call 477-7300.