2016 Dr. Jerome Kaplan Best Graduate Paper
Matthew C. Fullen, MA, MDiv, and Sean Gorby, Med
The Ohio State University
Paper title: “Reframing Resilience: Pilot Evaluation of a Program to Promote Resilience in Marginalized Older Adults”
Pictured below: Matthew C. Fullen, Diane Ramey, and Sean Gorby
Dr. Jerome Kaplan was a leader in the field of aging internationally, nationally, and in Ohio. Dr. Kaplan was very passionate about nurturing students in the field of gerontology.
This paper describes the evaluation of a multi-week group program, Resilient Aging, which was designed to influence marginalized older adults’ perceptions of their resilience, self-efficacy, and wellness. Findings from the pre-/post- test suggest that the Resilient Aging program is a participant-centered and strengths-based program that has potential for enhancing participants’ perceptions of resilience and wellness.