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About the Conference


The Annual Conference and Tradeshow of the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging is the country’s largest gathering of local leaders in aging. Each year, the n4a Annual Conference and Tradeshow brings these professionals together with government experts, policymakers, business leaders, and other Aging Network practitioners and partners to share knowledge and new directions in the field of aging. 


The 2021 n4a Conference and Tradeshow will be held virtually and will continue to provide peer-to-peer learning, insight into federal policy and national trends that affect local communities, and tremendous opportunities for learning. The 2021 virtual Conference offer different formats to learn about and discuss innovative approaches, hot topics, current issues in aging, replicable programs, new opportunities for development and more. Attendees will leave the Conference full of new insights, program ideas and connections to colleagues who understand the challenges and opportunities the Aging Network faces.

It’s the one Conference that professionals in the Aging Network shouldn’t miss!

Submissions were accepted in the following topic areas:

Addressing Social Isolation/Promoting Social Engagement

Especially now, creating opportunities to engage older adults and help them stay socially connected is a vital part of the healthy aging services offered by the Aging Network. Topics may include research on the negative health outcomes from social isolation and loneliness; program innovations to reduce those harms; creative ways to reach older adults with technology and without; and much more. 


Advancing Our Advocacy

Learn about the latest advocacy approaches, innovations, trends and opportunities. From individual advocacy to advancing federal aging policy, AAAs are mandated by the Older Americans Act to advocate for older adults. Attendees will have the opportunity to get up to speed on timely federal policy issues, as well as expand their skills and learn from their peers about new approaches to state and local advocacy.


Best Practices in Healthy Aging

The latest programs and services being implemented to improve health outcomes for older adults in the areas of health promotion/wellness, nutrition, physical activity, evidence-based disease prevention, prescription drug programs, medication management, mental and behavioral health, and more will be showcased in presentations by leading practitioners from the Aging Network and renowned national experts. Workshops will feature proven, highly-effective programs with a focus on outcome-based interventions with older adults.


Building Livable Communities for All Ages

The latest programs and services developed to help older adults “age in community,” involving such issues as community planning, housing, transportation, lifelong learning, economic security and workforce development, as well as dementia-friendly communities, will be showcased by experts who will provide guidance to attendees on implementing these plans back home.


Cutting-Edge OAA and Caregiver Programs

Find out how the Aging Network is enhancing core Older Americans Act and other aging services in exciting new ways to address the needs of older adults and caregivers. Workshops will address the evolving needs of consumers and innovative approaches to meet those needs.


Elder Justice

Sessions will highlight best practices, new innovations and replicable programs to prevent, detect and address elder abuse, neglect and exploitation, as well as broader elder justice initiatives from around the country.


Enhancing Independent Living Through Mobility Innovations

Transportation sessions will showcase mobility innovations, developments in the field and funding opportunities, focusing specifically on transportation options that increase accessibility for older adults and people with disabilities.


Innovative Programs for Integrated Care

Sessions will focus on existing and emerging models of community-based long-term services and supports, including integrated care, Medicaid managed care, Medicare Advantage supplemental benefits, care transitions, contracting with health care and other new opportunities and challenges for the Aging Network.


Meeting the Needs of Diverse Aging Populations

Because the ethnic and cultural diversity of the aging population is expanding at a rapid pace, it is vital to learn about new and innovative programs that address ethnic and cultural diversity issues. Workshops focus on planning initiatives, cultural competency training for staff and volunteers, workforce development issues and the development and implementation of new policies and practices to embrace diversity, equity and inclusion.


Strategies to Strengthen Systems and People

Learn about cutting-edge management practices that the Aging Network can utilize to strengthen operations and build capacity. Finance, grants management, professional development, diversity/equity/inclusion practices, fundraising, marketing, program evaluation and new technologies are just a few of the topics that will be addressed.


Title VI Programs: Unique Challenges and Solutions

Innovative and proven strategies to help directors and staff from Title VI Native American aging programs address the unique service needs of elders in Indian Country will be featured in these workshops. Successful initiatives that leverage the synergies associated with AAA and Title VI program coordination will also be featured.



About n4a


The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) is a 501(c)(3) membership association representing America’s national network of 622 Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) and providing a voice in the nation’s capital for the more than 250 Title VI Native American aging programs.


Whether it is helping Washington set priorities, building the capacity of our members, raising the visibility of AAAs and Title VI programs nationwide, offering training and educational events, or working to drive excellence in the fields of Information & Referral/Assistance, transportation, livable communities and volunteerism, n4a is dedicated to supporting the success of its members.