Pinnacle Award® Champions Healthy Aging


NuStep established the Pinnacle Award® in 1998 to recognize senior organizations that support and empower older adults to Take That Step towards healthy aging.

Using the seven dimensions of wellness model as the judging criteria, NuStep awards the Pinnacle to senior living communities and senior centers that best demonstrate a culture of wellness throughout their organizations.

In addition to international recognition in the ICAA Journal on Active Aging, and publicity generated by NuStep, the Gold Pinnacle Award winners also receive hotel and airfare to attend the 2017 ICAA conference, a NuStep T5XR recumbent cross trainer, an on-site award presentation and a video produced by NuStep.

Interested in applying for the Pinnacle Award®? Download the application guidelines.

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2016 Gold Senior Living Community Winner

Querencia at Barton Creek is a non-profit, continuing care retirement community for approximately 350 residents in Austin, Texas. Querencia’s mission, “to inspire and nurture the successful aging of each and every resident,” drives a culture of wellness throughout the organization.

2016 Gold Senior Center Winner

Napa Valley Hospice & Adult Day Services (NVHADS) in northern California provides state-licensed adult day health care, Alzheimer’s specialty care and caregiver outreach services for approximately 175 participants and support services for 600 caregivers each year.

2015 Gold Senior Living Community Winner

Paradise Valley Estates, a fully accredited continuing care retirement community located in northern California between San Francisco and Sacramento, is home to over 500 residents. The community’s emphasis on wellness is carried out through innovative programs and services designed to accommodate all levels of care, from independent living to assisted living.

2015 Gold Senior Center Winner

The Palmer Center, operated by the City of Independence Parks and Recreation Department, is a nationally accredited senior center in downtown Independence. The center offers a full spectrum of whole-person wellness programs and supportive services to fulfill its mission to enhance the well-being of older adults in the community.

2014 Gold Senior Living Community Winner (Assisted Living)

The Orchards at Southington, in Southington, Conn. partners with residents and community-dwelling seniors to help empower and guide them through the long term process of adopting a healthy lifestyle.

2014 Gold Senior Living Community Winner (Long-Term Care)

The Hebrew Rehabilitation Center of Roslindale, Mass., provides a full spectrum of personalized, holistic care as part of the Hebrew SeniorLife network.

2014 Gold Senior Center Winner

The Commons of Evergreen located in Holland, Mich. is a senior community center committed to making a difference in older adult wellness as part of a vision for all adults, age 50+, to reach their maximum potential.

2013 Gold Senior Center Winner

Cornerstone Adult Services Inc., the 2013 Gold NuStep Pinnacle Award® winner in the Senior Center division, is a non-profit provider of adult day health services for frail elders and adults with disabilities and cognitive impairments, such as dementia and Alzheimer's, located in Warwick, R.I.

2013 Gold Senior Living Winner

Orchard Cove, a Hebrew SeniorLife continuing care community in Canton, Mass. and the 2013 Gold NuStep Pinnacle Award® winner, is redefining aging with their innovative whole-person wellness program, Vitality 360.

2012 Senior Living Winner

If you could only use one word to describe The Garlands of Barrington, the winner of the 2012 NuStep Pinnacle® Award in the Senior Living division, that word would be “engage” – which also happens to be the name of the Barrington, IL retirement community’s award-winning wellness program.

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