National Council on the Aging

Organization's Mission Statement: NCOA is the nation's first association of organizations and professionals dedicated to promoting the dignity, self-determination, well being, and contributions of older persons.


We began in 1950 with a new concept of older people as "the aging," not the "aged," and we embraced the challenge of creating a nation where many more people, especially disadvantaged, frail, and minority elders, would live much longer and better lives.

NCOA's members include senior centers, area agencies on aging, adult day services, faith congregations, senior housing, health centers, employment services, and consumer organizations. Many leaders from academia, business, and labor also join NCOA to support our mission and work.

What We Do

  • We help community organizations to enhance the lives of older adults.
  • We turn creative ideas into programs and services that help older people in hundreds of communities.
  • We are a national voice and powerful advocate for public policies, societal attitudes, and business practices that promote vital aging.

Our Vision

We envision a just and caring world in which all people have the opportunity to age with dignity, independence, and health. We envision a nation of informed and empowered older adults who are financially secure, who live with purpose, and who make valued contributions to their families, communities, and future generations.

We envision communities that support opportunities for vital aging and foster a network of diverse community organizations committed to the dignity, independence, and health of older people.

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