Innovation Award

In 2021, we sought to recognize organizations that employ human-centered design principles to build and/or modify products, programs, or services that help older Californians thrive. Learn more about this year’s winner and honorable mentions, and read about past years’ recipients below.

2021 Awardee

We celebrate Covia, a Front Porch Partner, for their Well Connected Program. Well Connected offers phone and online activities to build community through group conversations, games, and education.

Organizations considered for this year’s award exhibited several criteria ranging from understanding older adults’ needs, wants, and preferences through research to involving older adults in the design process from ideation to iteration.

2021 Honorable Mentions

Others we recognize include:

Learn how these organizations use human-centered design within their innovative programs by joining us for a webinar on December 9 at 12 pm PT. Register now.

2020 Awardee

For 2020, we celebrated a member organization of our California Advocacy Network of Regional Coalitions that has shown innovative, initiative-driven leadership to improve the lives of older Californians.

Criteria included a range of contributions, such as 1) developing forward-thinking, strategic initiatives; 2) taking risks to spearhead innovation and change; 3) illustrating expertise; 4) serving as a trusted asset to the community; and 5) being a local and/or state leader.

The winner of our 2020 award was  DayBreak Adult Care Centers.


2019 Awardee

For the 2019 Innovation Award, we partnered with the Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging to identify a California city who is preparing for the growth of its older adult population, and embracing innovation opportunities.

Criteria was based on Age-Forward 2030 priority areas: (1) age-forward economic development; (2) redesigning the urban landscape for all ages; and (3) resilient networks for healthy aging.

The winner of our 2019 award was the Berkeley Age-Friendly Continuum led by the City of Berkeley. Learn more.

2018 Awardee

The winner of our 2018 Innovation Award, Alzheimer’s Los Angeles, was recognized for bringing the Essential Attributes of a high-quality delivery system to life.

Learn more about the Alzheimer’s Los Angeles Dementia Cal MediConnect Project.