2021 Aging in Texas

Conference Awards

The Aging in Texas Conference Awards recognize and honor individuals, organizations, and agencies who have demonstrated outstanding contributions to the field of aging. Don’t miss this perfect opportunity to recognize those you know and work with in the field of aging whose service and efforts have gone above and beyond! 

Leadership in Aging Award

This award honors an individual for outstanding leadership in the field of aging within the State of Texas. The award seeks to recognize those who offer innovative ideas and create conditions for progress in-network service delivery. Candidates must be widely recognized as leaders by their peers and demonstrate a commitment to the state’s aging community. 

Innovative Programs Building Partnerships Award

This award honors an organization or agency for the development and implementation of programs within the State of Texas, that are innovative and beneficial to the aging community. In addition, the award seeks to promote creative and valuable new programs throughout the field of aging, which proves to be the result of successful partnerships. 

Nomination Process 

If you know a worthy individual, organization or agency in the field of aging, we invite you to submit a nomination form found below. 

Leadership in Aging Award Nomination Form

Innovative Programs Building Partnerships Award Nomination Form

Please complete the corresponding form for each person, organization, or agency being nominated. Nominations are due by Monday, July 12, 2021!


2021 Aging in Texas Conference Award Recipients

Leadership in Aging Award

  • Yvette Lugo, Rio Grande Council of Governments, AAA Director
    • Get to know Yvette Lugo

      In her 20+ years of service, Yvette has dedicated herself to improving older adult health and is a much-respected leader advocating for senior health alongside some of the most influential organizations in the greater Paso del Norte region.

      While humble about all her accomplishments, she is a true Woman of Impact and has played a key role in countless programs to promote and preserve senior health. Alongside the team she has built over her years with the Rio Grande Area Agency on Aging, Yvette Lugo has worked tirelessly throughout the COVID 19 Pandemic to ensure seniors and individuals with complex disabilities were not forgotten as illness ravaged our community. She was an anchor of support working closely with the Office of Emergency Management and others to keep access to timely medical services available for seniors and their caregivers.

Innovative Programs Building Partnerships Award

  • Alamo Area Council of Governments Area Agency on Aging – Gift Cards Program 

    • Get to know the Alamo Area Council of Governments Area Agency on Aging – Gift Cards Program 

      At the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, the Alamo Area Council of Governments (AACOG) Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) used CARES Act funding to address the high volume of food insecurity amongst older adults in the Alamo Area. Given the risk of spreading the virus – more importantly, spreading the virus amongst older adults at a higher risk of contracting the virus – the AAAs had to consult with surrounding rural governments and community partners to propose, receive approval from, coordinate, and execute in-person gift card distribution sites for older adults with limited funds for food across AACOG’s 13-county service area which spans over 12,500 miles with an estimated 2.5 million residents.

      With over 100 gift card distribution events held in the past 18 months, the Alamo Area and Bexar AAAs have distributed a total of 5,400 gift cards totaling $540,000 to older adults across the region. In addition to groceries and food, clients can use these gift cards for other basic necessities including medications, clothing, hygiene products, etc. Some of the clients were able to receive more than one gift card. So far, over 3,000 residents over the age of 60 have benefited from at least one $100 gift card.

      Recipients of the gift cards shared the following:

      • “As a 70% disabled veteran with no family, sincerely appreciate the assistance I received. Thank you!”
      • “Thanks for your gift. Truly appreciated. God bless. Have a great Thanksgiving and stay COVID 19 free! God bless all. Love, Mrs. U”
      • “Jennie has been very helpful and resourceful. When you have difficulty communicating and need more assistance, she is very patient and goes above and beyond what is required to be ADA compliant. Her professionalism is of higher quality than others who I have worked with, who are affiliated with other agencies.

2019 Aging in Texas Conference Award Recipients

Leadership in Aging Award

  • Rhonda Pogue, Nortex AAA Director

Innovative Programs Building Partnerships Award

  • Electronic Health Information for Lifelong Learners(eHiLL)  

2018 Aging in Texas Conference Award Recipients

Leadership in Aging Award

  • Bettye Mitchell, East Texas AAA Director                                                   

Innovative Programs Building Partnerships Award                                                 

  • The Senior Source- The Elder Financial Safety Center