A volunteer helping plant at the Senior Nutrition Garden.
The Ventura County Area Agency on Aging is the recipient of three National Mature Media Awards and an Innovations Award from the National Association of Area Agencies of Aging (n4a). Projects that received acknowledgement include the Senior Nutrition Garden, LIVEWell, and the Robotic Pet Companion and Walk with Ease video productions, both of which are being recognized among the nation’s best marketing, communications, and educational materials produced for older adults.
The VCAAA’s Senior Nutrition Garden, which won an Innovations Award, was honored for expansion efforts designed to increase harvests and provide even more fresh, organic produce to older adults living in Ventura County. The 2021 n4a Aging Innovations and Achievement Awards recognizes Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) and Title VI Native American Aging Programs that develop and implement cutting-edge approaches to support older adults, people with disabilities and their family caregivers. Among the selection criteria was the ease with which other agencies could replicate the program in their communities.
LIVEWell, which won a Bronze Award from the National Mature Media Awards, is the premier resource guide for older adults, people with disabilities, and caregivers in Ventura County. LIVEWell is published annually with content available in English and Spanish.
The VCAAA Robotic Pet Companions video production received a Bronze Award from the National Mature Media Awards, while the Walk with Ease video production received a merit award. Both were produced as part of the VCAAA’s COVID-19 Response.
“The VCAAA is honored to receive this recognition and is proud of the impact our marketing and communication efforts have made on the community, particularly through the COVID-19 crisis,” said Victoria Jump, Director of the VCAAA. “We take pride in the work we produce and strive to find new ways to strengthen our methods of communication so that we can continue to empower Ventura County residents to remain healthy and engaged in the community.”
For more information, visit www.vcaaa.org or call (805) 477-7300.
The Ventura County Area Agency on Aging, an agency of the County of Ventura, is the principal agency in Ventura County charged with the responsibility to promote the development and implementation of a comprehensive coordinated system of care that enables older individuals, caregivers, and individuals with disabilities to live in a community-based setting and to advocate for the needs of those 60 years of age and older in the county, providing leadership and promoting citizen involvement in the planning process as well as in the delivery of services.