Aging and Innovation Student Award

This award highlights innovative products, services, programs, technologies, and designs that promote the well-being and quality of life of older persons.

Award-winning submissions may span from aspects of health to socialization to universal design to learning in later adulthood. All students, especially those from non-aging focused majors such as engineering, city and regional planning, business, architecture, and the fine arts are encouraged to submit an entry for consideration. Rather than traditional abstracts or papers, this award recognizes and celebrates diverse and innovative products, services, programs and designs, especially those that reflect this year’s conference theme – Aging in a Digital World and the needs of older persons during a pandemic. Examples could include, but are not limited to:

  • Smart phone apps
  • Virtual exercise programs for homebound seniors and/or their caregivers
  • New clothing design for seniors and persons with disabilities which have dexterity issues
  • Interactive gardens or urban spaces
  • New therapy (i.e., OT, PT, speech and language) strategies and techniques
  • Universally designed homes, businesses, workplaces, and public places
  • Virtual strategies to encourage participation of older adults in public meetings and processes
  • Interactive games and activities between grandparents and grandchildren using, Facetime, Zoom or Skype
  • New age-friendly website design

Due to the vast array of possibilities, students are asked to either provide a no more than two-page (double-spaced) description, which may include a picture or diagram, or provide a video (no longer than 4 minutes) that details, describes, or showcases the product, service, program or design. Submissions will be reviewed by a committee for presentation at the OAGE annual conference (virtual in 2021); one submission will be selected for the award at the conference.

The award includes a cash prize.

Submit an entry today, using the form on this page. Deadline is March 5, 2021.