Area Office on Agingís Billie Johnson
Wins Most Prestigious National Aging Award
The National Association of Area Agencies on
Aging (n4a) last week presented Area Office on Aging
President/CEO Billie Johnson with its most prestigious honor
for the positive impact she has made in the lives of older
The Presidentís Award was presented to her at
the organizationís national conference in front of over
1,000 national and local aging leaders, policy decision
makers and business executives in attendance. Previous
recipients of the award include United States senators and
representatives as other national leaders.
Under her leadership, the Area Office on
Aging has been growing to meet the needs of older northwest
Ohioans. During her tenure, the agency has grown from its
infancy as an organization with a few employees and a small
budget to today being an organization with an annual budget
of $32 million and 150 employees serving 40,000 northwest
Ohioans a year. Additionally, Johnson started three
wholly-owned senior housing subsidiary corporations and
formed a supporting foundation for the Area Office on Aging.
Office on Aging is one of the 618 Area Agencies on Aging
across the country. The Area Office on Aging is locally
known and nationally recognized.
Conference, the agency also received its 11th
national award for its innovative programs and services
under Johnsonís leadership. This yearís program recognized
the Area Office on Agingís partnership with Toledo Public
Office on Aging promotes the health, well-being and safety
of older adults, persons with disabilities and family
caregivers to foster independence.