In 2018, the Optimal Aging Committee, a subcommittee of the VCAAA’s Advisory Council, established the LEGACY Awards to recognize the contributions of Ventura County residents who dedicate their lives to helping older adults, people with disabilities, and their caregivers, to live optimally.

The nomination period is open for the 2024 LEGACY Awards! 

Nominations may be made from June 1 to September 1, with the winners being announced in November.

Nomination categories are:
   – Business/Organization
   – Dementia Friendly Business/Organization
   – Community Member or Volunteer

» 2024 Nomination Form (PDF)

LEGACY began as a publication of the Ventura County Area Agency on Aging. It was established to highlight the life stories of residents throughout Ventura County who continue to make a difference in their community.

2023 LEGACY Award Recipients:
Business or Organization – Chef David’s Kitchen & Catering
Dementia Friendly Business/Organization – Maywood Acres Healthcare
Community Member or Volunteer – George Lopez
Community Member or Volunteer – Andrea Ortiz

2022 LEGACY Award Recipients:
Business or Organization – Gables of Ojai
Dementia Friendly Business/Organization – Camarillo Health Care District
Community Member or Volunteer – Bill Cunneen

2021 LEGACY Award Recipients:
Business or Organization – Senior Concerns
Dementia Friendly Business/Organization – Ventura County Credit Union
Community Member or Volunteer – Valerie Shackelford

2020 LEGACY Award Recipients:
Business or Organization – SK Homecare Caregivers
Dementia Friendly Business/Organization – GO Access
Community Member or Volunteer – Paulette Ozar
Community Member or Volunteer – Martin Benedict Davis

2019 LEGACY Award Recipients:
Business or Organization – FOOD Share
Dementia Friendly Business/Organization – Conejo Valley Senior Concerns
Community Member or Volunteer – Harlene Roen

2018 LEGACY Award Recipients:
Optimal Aging: Excellence in Media – Andrea Gallagher
Optimal Aging Innovation Award – Sue Tatangelo
Optimal Aging: Excellence as a Dementia Friendly Advocate – Dr. Erik Lande
Optimal Aging: Excellence in Advocacy and Leadership – Toni Olson
Optimal Aging Champions – Gordon and Louise Dilger

Archived LEGACY Publications/Links

» August 2016 – The Making of Mom and Dad

» March 2016 – Planting a Seed

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