Aging Life Care Association® Awards

Each year ALCA holds an Association Business Meeting, which features a “state of the association” address by the President and the presentation of awards to Outstanding Chapter Members, the Outstanding Corporate Partner, the President's Award, Adele Elkind Award, and the Distinguished Ambassador in Aging Award.

Distinguished Ambassador in Aging Awards

Each year, since 2019, at the ALCA Annual Business Meeting, ALCA honors an individual or organization that, through their actions, research, or invention has raised national awareness of a critical issue or need in aging and supports the mission and vision of the Aging Life Care Association.


Marc Agronin

Marc E. Agronin, MD

This year we are excited to announce that Marc E. Agronin, MD, was chosen as the DAA recipient. Dr. Agronin is a board-certified adult and geriatric psychiatrist and the author of the acclaimed book How We Age: A Doctor’s Journey into the Heart of Growing Old (2011) and its sequel The End of Old Age: Living a Longer, More Purposeful Life (2018).

Dr. Agronin leads Miami Jewish Health’s MIND Institute and is a nationally sought speaker and author -- presenting to ALCA at our 2014 conference and in a special event webinar on the topic of "Increasing Impacts of Social Isolation Among Older Adults" during the pandemic. His work and approach to treating older adults with respect, empathy and dedication, while never losing sight of them as individuals, is at one with how we as Aging Life Care Professionals see our clients.



Jay newton Small

Jay Newton-Small

Jay Newton-Small is CEO and co-founder of MemoryWell, a national network of more than 700 professional writers who craft the life stories and family histories of seniors to help improve their care and chronicle their unique stories. The mission of MemoryWell is “building empathy, one story at a time.” Her work with MemoryWell advances the importance of helping older adults’ quality-of-life experiences with stories that can be shared with family and care providers. Helping older age well and with dignity is one of the foundations of an Aging Life Care Association professional member. Read More...


Marc Middleton

Marc Middleton

Middleton is the one of the leading voices in the growing movement that is Rebranding Aging®. He has created a multi-platform media brand to inspire, assist, and change the landscape of the 50+ population. ALCA is celebrating their own version of “bold” as we head in to the 35th Anniversary, a boldness never more evident during the COVID Pandemic. Read More...


Greg Obrien

Greg O'Brien

O’Brien has written a book on the subject titled “On Pluto: Inside the Mind of Alzheimer’s,” which has received widespread acclaim, both for providing a roadmap of how to live with and fight the disease as well as an inspirational treatise on how to stay positive in the midst of what often seem like overwhelming challenges. Read More...

ALCA 2022 Annual Business Meeting Award Winners

Adele Elkind Award Winner

ALCA's most prestigious honor - the Adele Elkind Award - was presented to Amy Cameron O'Rourke, Past President of ALCA, Fellow of the Leadership Academy, and member of the Florida Chapter.

President's Award Winner

Past President Connie McKenzie awarded each of the 2021 ALCA Chapter Presidents the President's Award for their innovative work in keeping ALCA members connected and engaged

ALCA Excellence Award Winner

Sheila Evangelista Kolt

ALCA Rising Star Award Winner

Katelyn Meeks

Outstanding Chapter Member Winners

Tom Camp - Florida
Marie Woodard - Mid-Atlantic
Colleen Ceh-Becvar - Midwest
Jennifer Pilcher - New England
Kimberly Hamilton - New Jersey
Janet T Smith - New York
Cathy Puett - South Central
Lisa Kaufman - Southeast
Victor Alcala - Western Region

Outstanding Corporate Partner Award Winner

BAYADA Home Health Care - accepted by Lauren Hirsch, Director, Support (AAC)