ASA Award

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.

The deadline to submit a nomination has passed.
Please revisit this page in May 2020.


2019 ASA Award Winner

Sandra Timmermann

A nationally recognized gerontologist Sandy Timmermann has devoted her career to gerontology, contributing significantly to policy, education and practice arenas. She has developed programs and advocated for policies that recognized the intrinsic value of lifelong learning in enhancing physical and mental well-being throughout the lifespan. Currently she is the Visiting Professor of Gerontology and Retirement Living at the American College of Financial Services, a Senior Fellow at the Women's Institute for a Secure Retirement, a consultant to business on retirement issues and a financial gerontology columnist for a financial services journal. Most recently she became a United Nations Representative for the International Federation on Ageing and served as chair of the 2017 UN International Day of Older Persons. 

Her more than 40-year career in the field of aging has included senior positions at ASA, MetLife, AARP, SeniorNet, and agencies serving the blind and visually impaired. Her doctoral work at Columbia University led to her position as Associate Dean, then Director of the Institute of Lifetime Learning at AARP. Timmermann was Vice President at MetLife and Founder and Director of the MetLife Mature Market Institute, the company’s focal point on aging research and education, and served as the company’s spokesperson on retirement issues. At ASA, she served as Director of Education from 1989 to 1994, and has served on the ASA Board of Directors, chaired the LEARN Constituent Group, chaired the ASA Business Forum on Aging, guest-edited an issue of Generations on Business and Aging, chaired ASA’s Education and Awards committees, served on the Aging Today Editorial Advisory Committee and is a founding leadership team member of ASA’s Corps of Accomplished Professionals.