Conferences, Training & Awards

North Carolina State Aging Conference

Aging Boot Camp

Aging Awards

NCAOA's two day, Aging Boot Camp provides those that are new to the field of aging, an overview of programs and services ranging from Medicare to the health aspects of aging. Trainings are offered twice per year. 
Each year as part of the NC State Aging Conference, NCAOA recognizes individuals and organizations who have excelled in service provision. Award recipients are selected by a panel of NCAOA board members. 
Each year, the NCAOA hosts the North Carolina State Aging Conference for aging service providers, students and seniors. The conference is the only aging conference in the state. 

Aging Boot Camp


December 7, 2018
Senior Services, Inc., 2895 Shorefair Dr. NW,
Winston-Salem, NC 27105
Registration is open for another session of our popular Aging Boot Camp to be held as a one-day session. Space is limited and spots do fill up quickly, be sure to reserve your spot today. This is an orientation program most appropriate for brand new employees in the aging network or others wanting a refresher on aging issues and services. 
Cost: $60.00 for NCAOA Members and $75.00 for Non-Members (a full listing of NCAOA members and/or to renew your membership can be found on ). 
A light breakfast, lunch and break snacks will be provided. 
Tentative Schedule ( click to download )
If you will be traveling to Boot Camp and will need to spend the night prior to the event, we recommend the following hotels based on proximity to event, restaurants, downtown. 
Group Blocks: 
Kimpton Cardinal Hotel (Brand New - Great Downtown Location)
Winston-Salem, NC
Group Rate: $139.00 per night (code will be distributed after registration is confirmed) 
Brookstown Inn 
Winston-Salem, NC
Group Rate: $129.99 (plus tax)
Group Code: NC Association on Aging (available until 11/25)
Phone: (336) 725-1120

Presentations from top professionals in the field help attendees navigate the different sectors of the aging network and provide beneficial updates.
Attendees can expect to learn these basic skills:
  • The Demographic Imperative
  • Myths and Misconceptions about Aging
  • The Dynamics of the Aging Process
  • Communication Issues and Older Adults
  • The Aging Network
  • Aging Advocacy
  • What's on the Horizn for the Nation and North Carolina
Who Should Attend? 

  • New Employees in the Aging Network
  • Veteran Employees with New Responsibilities
  • Aging Planning Committee Members 
  • Agency Board of Directors
  • Senior Tarheel Legislature Delegates
  • Anyone Interested in Learning More About Aging Services in North Carolina

To best meet travel needs Boot Camps are held in locations such as Southport, Winston-Salem and Greenville. 

Excellence in the Field of Aging Awards

Nominations are accepted for the annual NCAOA Excellence in the Field of Aging Awards each year, mid December - February as announced by the Board of Directors. Awards are presented during a luncheon the last day of the annual North Carolina State Aging Conference. 

Award Categories

Service Excellence
This award honors an employee for the quality of direct service they provide to older adults in their community. Candidates must be front line service delivery workers.

Guiding Star

This award honors a supervisor or manager for quality supervisory skills in the management of programs and staff they provide that benefit older adults. This award recognizes their ability to supervise and motivate staff as they provide quality work in their community.

Rising Star

This award honors a rising star employee with three or fewer years of work experience in the aging network. This award recognizes their ability to take on leadership roles and an interest in the future of their organization and the field of aging.

Leadership Excellence

This award honors a Chief Executive/Administrative Officer for the quality of leadership and organizational management they provide to their organization and to the aging network. Candidates must have significant year (candidate is preferred have 5 plus years of work experience) as a Chief Executive or Administrative Officer with their organization.

Reaching for the Stars

Innovative Program Award - This award honors an agency that has an innovative and creative program that is working to enrich the lives of older adults. We are looking for programs that are creative but effective in enhancing the lives of older adults.