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. 

The North Carolina State Aging Conference is an excellent opportunity to network with a concentrated, yet diverse number of aging professionals. As the only annual state aging conference in North Carolina, over 200+ persons are expected to attend, making it large enough for quality, but small enough for good interaction among participants. 
Registration will open the first week in January. In the meantime, we recommend you make your hotel reservations as soon as possible. The Great Wolf Lodge is a popular place and the rooms fill up quickly, especially with our discounted group rate!
Great Wolf Lodge Reservation Information:

Reservations should be made by phone by calling 1-866-751-9653 prior to February 13, 2018. However, as mentioned above, we recommend making your reservation as soon as possible.

Group Code: NCAOA / #1803NORT_001.

Group Rate: $129.99 plus taxes and fees (please be sure your resort fee is waived when making your reservation)

Conference Keynote Presenters

Opening Session Keynote
Wednesday, March 14

General Session Keynote
Thursday, March 15

Awards Luncheon Keynote
Thursday, March 15

Jason Brown
Former NFL Player, Farmer

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Sandy Markwood
Chief Executive Officer, N4A

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Mandy K. Cohen
Secretary, NCDHHS

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Remember to look for our registration information coming out the first week in January. Please call Nina Walters, NCAOA Executive Director,
at 336-870-9586 or with any questions.

We look forward to seeing you at the Conference!


Aging Boot Camp

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. 

Details for Boot Camp
 2017 Coming Soon!

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.