recognizing innovative
approaches to serving
older adults

Mather Institute is committed to recognizing organizations that strive to serve older adults in original and exciting ways. Our Promising Practices Awards highlight organizations working with older adults in a variety of settings that are moving away from conventional practices by developing and implementing innovative approaches. Eligible programs for this award include those that introduce new and exciting practices in serving older adults as well as those that provide unique improvements and advances in existing services. Especially during this critical time, when the world has completely changed, those who serve older adults have been using new methods to adapt quickly and solve new challenges.

Promising Practices Award recipients receive:

  • an award plaque
  • mention on the Mather Institute website and in our Innovation at Work annual report
  • a press release to send to local media

2020 Promising Practices Honorees

Three Pillars Senior Living Communities
Hitting Fast-Forward on Views of Aging by Creating Music Videos

Virginia Tech
Bringing Counseling Sessions On-Site to Support Residents’ Emotional Well-Being

Westchester Public/Private Partnership For Aging Services
Keeping Community-Dwelling Older Adults Healthy with High Tech & High Touch


Christian Living Communities—Cappella Living Solutions
Making Face Masks Fun: Reinforcing Messages on Infection Control

Laurentian University
Adapting an Ancient Ritual to Celebrate Residents’ Aging

Senior Center in Central Park
Easing the Emotional Side of Downsizing

Bringing Brain Health Education to the Community

Westminster St. Augustine
Addressing Sensitive Topics Head-On


Learn about impactful programs you can implement from previous Promising Practices Award winners.

Industry Report
Innovation at Work 2018Promising Practices Recipients That Are Reshaping the Aging Services Industry

Discover 11 Promising Practices Award recipients from 2018, ranging from a boxing-based exercise program that really packs a punch for those with Parkinson’s, to a smart pilot program for using smart home technology in senior living.

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Industry Report
Innovation at Work 2017Promising Practices Winners That Are Reshaping the Aging Services Industry

Explore Promising Practices Award winners from 2017, including a Life Plan Community where residents took an active role in creating curriculum for and leading for a college course on aging.

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