Our Mission

To advance the national development, recognition and use of Adult Day Services.

Who We Are

The National Adult Day Services Association (NADSA) is the leading voice of the rapidly growing adult day services (ADS) industry and the national focal point for ADS providers. Our members include adult day center providers, associations of providers, corporations, educators, students, retired workers and others interested in working to build better lives for adults in adult day programs every day. We are positively impacting the lives of participants, families, communities and our nation.

NADSA is a professional trade association that has succeeded in establishing an influential presence for adult day services at national policy and legislative tables. Our organization draws outstanding leadership from across the United States. Our accomplishments have included the development of national recommended operating Standards and Guidelines, initiating nationwide surveys and national accreditation, as well as developing curriculum for professional development geared to the needs of adult day services managers and direct care workers. Our most recent State Association Partnership membership initiative is strengthening and mobilizing a nationwide network of organizations and leaders.



The organization formed as the result of more than 75 people who attended the National Council on the Aging’s (NCOA) 28th Annual Conference in St. Louis, MO, in 1978 who advanced a resolution for NCOA to serve as a focal point for the adult day care field.

A National Task Force on Adult Day Care was named and work began. The National Institute on Adult Daycare (NIAD) was formally organized as an NCOA unit in 1979. NIAD changed its name to the National Adult Day Services Association (NADSA) in 1995 to better reflect the trends of the rapidly growing industry to focus on day services. The name was also more inclusive of centers providing day care, day health and/or respite.

Our programs help adult day services supporters

  • Become an active voice influencing decisions at the national level
  • Save money on training and resources
  • Gain valuable insight from experienced adult day services colleagues
  • Stay informed about timely important issues affecting adult day programs and the people using the service
  • Acquire referrals for new participants from a listing on our website.

Please join us as we build a strong, responsive association.