The ASA Award is intended to create visibility for the field of aging, and is presented to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to aging-related research, administration or advocacy.
Nominees must be current ASA members and will be evaluated based on their contributions to aging-related service, including the impact their work has had on national policy or programs, and their professional reputation as a leader on aging issues.
The winner will be featured in the Aging in America Conference program book, in Aging Today and AgeBlog, and on this page.
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Deadline: October 15
2017 ASA Award Winner
President/CEO, Serving Seniors
Paul Downey is the president and CEO of Serving Seniors, an internationally recognized nonprofit organization providing impactful services for seniors living in poverty. Since 1995, Downey has guided Serving Seniors’ innovative efforts to provide supportive services, and has been a leader in the fight to provide affordable housing for older adults, opening a 200-unit, low-income, senior housing complex in 2003 and a second 150-unit senior affordable housing complex in 2007.
In his role at Serving Seniors, Downey oversees a transitional housing program for homeless elders in which they are connected with case managers who assess their needs to help them find meals, counseling and affordable housing. In the decade since its creation, Serving Seniors has helped more than 1,000 older adults to move off the streets, with a 92 percent success rate. An innovative and passionate champion for elders living in poverty, Downey’s vision and his ability to surround himself with staff team members who possess the same commitment and values has built Serving Seniors from a small charity on the verge of going out of business into a cost-effective model worthy of replication.
Downey serves as Chair of the California Commission on Aging, the principal advisory board to the California governor and the state legislature. As well, he is San Diego Supervisor Dianne Jacob’s appointee on the County of San Diego’s Social Service Advisory Board, is past chair of the City of San Diego’s Senior Affairs Advisory Board and also is past chair of the Dean’s Advisory Committee for the College of Health and Human Services at San Diego State University. In addition, he writes monthly columns on aging-related topics.