The Conference for Students, Educators and Professionals in the Field of Gerontology

The 2018 Conference has concluded, please Save the Date for next year’s 43rd Annual Ohio Association of Gerontology and Education Conference:

Thursday, April 4 and Friday, April 5, 2019

Miami University

A conference for educators, researchers, practitioners, administrators, planners, and students in the field of aging, as well as professionals from Centers for Adult and Lifelong Learning.

Conference Dates

Thursday, March 22, 2018 – Featuring Opening Keynote Speaker Bob Blancato, Welcome Reception to follow
Friday, March 23, 2018 – Featuring Keynote Speaker Rich Browdie and President’s DInner
Saturday, March 24, 2018 – Board Meeting

From the OAGE President

Dear OAGE Members,

I would like to invite you to register and attend the 42nd Ohio Association of Gerontology and Education conference. The theme this year is “The Face of Aging: Politics and Policy.” Our conference begins on Thursday, March 22 and runs through Friday, March 23 at the University of Akron. Co-hosting the OAGE conference are the University of Akron’s Institute for Life-Span Development and Bliss Institute for Applied Politics.

We have invited two nationally known keynote speakers. The first is Robert Blancato, chair of the American Society on Aging (ASA). His talk will be at 7:00 p.m. on March 22, followed by a reception. The second keynote is Richard Browdie the President/CEO of the Benjamin Rose Institute. His talk will be at 9:00 a.m. on March 23.

Our conference is an excellent opportunity for students, scholars, and practitioners to interact with leading authorities on aging in Ohio. Ohio’s aging network has world-renowned experts in research, policy, practice and education on aging.

The first Presidential Policy Symposium will feature: Bev Laubert, the Interim Director of the Ohio Department of Aging, Larke Recchie, the CEO of the Ohio Association of Area Agencies on Aging (O4A), Joseph Rossi, the CEO of the Area Agency on Aging XI and President of O4A, and Dr. Daniel Van Dussen, President of the OAGE Board of Directors. We will discuss policy related issues facing our aging population and those who work with our aging population.

OAGE and ODA will continue our long-standing partnership with our Scholars in Aging program that sponsors university students across the state. We will have a poster session highlighting their internships and experiences. Our program is approaching our 100th participant.

We encourage students in any aging related field to attend our conference. Our organization and Gerontology are inclusive of the many aspects of the study of aging. To promote this, we have numerous networking opportunities for our students throughout the conference.

Registration is now open and continuing education hours are available. As with any conference, speakers listed are scheduled to appear. However, unforeseen circumstances may change presenters or presentations. We also encourage you to invite your colleagues to register and attend our conference. By registering for our conference, you also become a member of OAGE.

This letter only highlights some of our sessions, as we will have over 50 presenters throughout the conference on diverse topics. Please register and plan to attend the entire conference.

Sincerely,

Daniel J. Van Dussen PhD
President, OAGE Board of Directors
Graduate Director of Gerontology
Youngstown State University

The annual Ohio Association of Gerontology and Education (OAGE) conference serves as a platform to foster collaborative efforts between students, educators and professionals through dissemination of gerontological research and promotion of critical topics for discussion to improve the lives of older adults.

Thursday, March 22, 2018
Keynote Address with

Robert Blancato

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Friday, March 23, 2018
Keynote Address with

Richard Browdie

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WHEN

Thursday March 22, 2018

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Friday March 23, 2018

WHERE

The University of Akron

Quaker Station

135 S Broadway St
Akron, OH 44308

directions

The University of Akron

Quaker Station

135 S Broadway St
Akron, OH 44308

directions

OPENING RECEPTION

Keynote Speaker Address and Reception featuring Bob Blancato (Chair, American Society on Aging) “Aging Policy and Politics: Who Can Tell Them Apart?”

The University of Akron – Quaker Station
Thursday, March 22, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

135 S Broadway St
Akron, OH 44308

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West Park Place

3501 Executive Parkway
Toledo, Ohio 43606

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PRESIDENT’S DINNER

Holiday Inn, Route 18

6:00 PM

4073 Medina Road
Akron, Ohio 44333

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Holiday Inn, Route 18

4073 Medina Road
Akron, Ohio 44333
Phone: 1-330-666-4131

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HOTEL

A block of rooms has been reserved for the night of Thursday, March 22 and Friday, March 23 at

Holiday Inn, Route 18

4073 Medina Road
Akron, Ohio 44333
Phone: 1-330-666-4131

Cut off date for hotel is March 1, 2018

Hotel registrations must be made by calling the hotel directly at 1-330-666-4131 to make a reservation and ask for the Ohio Association of Gerontology and Education guest rooms and reference code GER or online at holidayinn.com/akron-west and enter code GER.

Holiday Inn, Route 18

4073 Medina Road
Akron, Ohio 44333
Phone: 1-330-666-4131

directions

PARKING

Parking will be available at Quaker Station for no additional charge.

https://maps.uakron.edu/ (Interactive Campus Map)

Map PDF

CURRENT REGISTRATIONS

REGISTER NOW

Cash or check payments will only be accepted at the door at the rate of:

Professional – $130
Student – $75

Online registration is closed for the conference. Please join us and register at the event!

CONTACT

Contact
OAGE Board
Ohio Association of Gerontology and Education
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Keynote Address with

Robert Blancato

Keynote Address: Thursday, March 22, 2018

Robert “Bob” Blancato is chair of the American Society on Aging and a board member of the National Council on Aging, positions that reflect his 30 years of deep experience in the field of aging and in public service. Professionally, he is president of Matz, Blancato and Associates, a public and government relations firm. Also, he is executive director of the National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs and the national coordinator of the Elder Justice Coalition. He served as volunteer State President of AARP Virginia and as president of the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse. Blancato spent 17 years on the staff of the U.S. House Select Committee on Aging and has participated in four White House Conferences on Aging, including as the Executive Director of the 1995 White House Conference on Aging. He resides in Virginia.

Keynote Address with

Richard Browdie

Keynote Address: Friday, March 23, 2018

For more than 40 years, Richard Browdie has held leadership positions in organizations that have as their mission the improvement and maintenance of the health and well-being of older adults. As President/CEO of the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging, a nationally recognized leader in service, research and advocacy addressing issues of aging, he assures the current and long-term viability of the organization in keeping with its mission.

Prior to his position with Benjamin Rose, he served as Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Aging from February 1995 to April 2002. His duties included managing a staff of 109 plus overseeing a budget of more than $800 million. He was responsible for the administration of a statewide system of 52 Area Agencies on Aging.

Mr. Browdie also served as Executive Director of the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging from 1993-1995. He developed policy and had oversight responsibility for the national organization representing 670 Area Agencies on Aging and Indian Tribal organizations, administering services for older people covering the entire United States.

Mr. Browdie served as President of the American Society on Aging from March 1998 – March 2000. He is Immediate-Past Chairman of the Board of the National Council on Aging, Chairman of the Generations Editorial Board, and a member of the Board of Directors of the International Association of Homes and Services for the Ageing (IAHSA). In 2014, he was appointed to the American Bar Association’s Commission on Law and Aging. In 2015, he was recognized by the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging with the M. Powell Lawton Quality of Life Award.

He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from Allegheny College, Meadville, Pennsylvania and his Master of Business Administration degree from Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania.

Current Registrants

See Who's Regsistered
First Name Last Name Company/School Job Title
Athena Koumoutzis Kent State University Graduate Student
Rachel Elam Kent State University Undergraduate Student
Catherine Miceli Kent State University Undergraduate Student
Donna Alexander Kent State University Instructor/Internship Coordinator
Carla Antenucci Xavier Univeristy Doctoral Candidate
Marty Williman Ohio Council for Cognitive Health Program Director
Brooke Bogdanski The University of Toledo SWA, BSW Student
Shane Morlan Youngstown State University Graduate Student
Natasha Stewart Wright State University Student
Karen Hrdlicka VANTAGE Aging President/CEO
Ava Eisele The Ohio State University Student
Nicole Balog Youngstown State University Student
Emily Holcombe Ohio University Student
Julie Brown Ohio University Assistant Professor of Gerontology
Kaitlyn Daff Youngstown State University Graduate Student
Charlie Stelle Bowling Green State University Associate Professor
Wendy Watson Bowling Green State University Associate Professor
Luyna Ducay Miami University Graduate Student Assistant
Luyna Ducay Miami University Graduate Student Assistant
Bandana Shah Miami University Graduate student/ assitant
Alison Lloyd Ohio State University Social Worker/Ph.D. Studet
Britney Webster The University of Akron GA
Kathy Lee Ohio State University PhD Candidate
Laura Schwartz Prevent Blindness Special Projects Coordinator
Jessica Krok-Schoen The Ohio State University Assistant Professor
Amy Plant Area Agency on Aging 11, Inc Wellness Specialist
Jennifer Kinney Miami University Professor
Margaret Teaford Ohio State University Associate Professor Emeritia
Kendra Daniel Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry Director
Ashlee Cordell Miami University Graduate Assistant / Student
Keith Schilstra The University of Akron Graduate Student
Jiawei Cao Miami University Doctoral Student
Gayle Lee State of Ohio Ohio PACE Manager
Duana Patton Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging, Inc. CEO
Pallavi Timilsina Miami University Graduate Assistant
Madison Shawver Ohio University Student
Qiuchang Cao The Ohio State Univerisity Doctoral Student
Renee’ Zucchero Xavier University Associate Professor
Chelsea Goldstein Miami University PhD Student
Bianca Vélez Xavier University Graduate Student
Mallory Richert Xavier University Student
Veronica Musser Kent State University Student
Rachael Malizia Youngstown State University Student
Ma. Lourdes Pesarit-Hainley Rhodes Estates Activities Director
Lauren Fredriksen Xavier Univeristy Student
Tina Lightcap Area Agency on Aging District 7, Inc. QA/QI Manager
Nina Keller Area Agency on Aging District 7, Inc. Assistant Director
Adam Hunter HomeCare Matters Social Worker
Marcus Molea Ohio Department of Aging Chief, Strategic Partnerships
Jennifer Stanley University of Akron Associate Professor
Jane Byrnes Ohio Department of Aging Marketing and Stakeholder Relations Manager
Hannah Ottmar Xavier University Graduate Student
Jennifer Mesko-Kimmich Volunteer Guardian Program Director or Volunteers
Chava Urecki Xavier University Doctoral Candidate
raymond matura university of rio grande Professor of Sociology
Jennifer Heston Scripps Gerontology Center Postdoctoral Fellow
Kasey Knopp Student Graduate Studenr
Cynthia Dougherty Ohio State University College of Medicine Director

Dear OAGE Members,

I wanted to write to thank all of you for your participation in our 42nd Annual All Ohio Professional and Scientific Conference on Aging. This was an inspiring event and I hope you are energized to go back to your home institutions and implement what you learned from our conference.

Thank you to the Center for Lifespan Development and the Bliss Institute of Applied Politics for their hosting of our conference and our approximately 200 attendees. Hosting a conference is a big undertaking and we thank everyone at the University of Akron, and on the OAGE conference committee for a successful conference.

Thank you to all of our speakers throughout the conference. These include Bob Blancato, Richard Browdie, and Bev Laubert. Each of our presenters helped make our conference a success.

We would also like to thank all of our sponsors as outlined on our website, the conference booklet and throughout the conference proceedings. Without sponsors, our conference would not be affordable to students.

Congratulations to our award winners. Our Lifetime Achievement Award went to Marc Molea of the Ohio Department of Aging. His long standing support of OAGE and our aging network has influenced us all in some way. Marc’s enthusiasm, dedication, and selflessness are an inspiration.

Our practitioner of the year was Judge Robert Rusu of the Mahoning County Probate Court. His dedication and eagerness to learn makes him an excellent choice.

The outstanding educator award went to Dr. Laura Landry-Meyer of Bowling Green State University. Laura’s tenure at Bowling Green in the Human Development & Family Studies program has impacted many of her students and inspired her colleagues.

Dr. Jennifer Stanley of the University of Akron won our Researcher of the Year. Her research in the area of emotions and aging has earned Dr. Stanley a national reputation.

We awarded three outstanding students for their excellent paper submissions. The Arnedia Smith Outstanding Undergraduate Paper Award went to Mallory Richert of Xavier University. Mallory’s paper was the “Impact of grief on formal and informal caregivers.” The Dr. Jerome Kaplan Outstanding Graduate Paper went to Kathryn L. Zeltinger of Cleveland State University for her paper “How individuals with dementia cope with and manage their illness experience.” The Best Conference Theme Paper went to Quichang (Katy) Cao of Ohio State University for her paper “Literature Review on Mental Health Literacy of East Asian Elders.”

The OAGE/ODA Scholars in Aging program was successful and a diverse educational background. We will be continuing this program with another class of scholars in the spring. Applications will be due in late fall, further details will be available on our website in the fall.

Please visit our website and Facebook page for updates and information on OAGE. Please keep thinking of conference presentations and workshops for our next conference. We will soon be opening our website for abstract submissions, sponsorship, and award nominations. Our 43rd Annual OAGE Conference scheduled for April 4–5 at Miami of Ohio.

Sincerely,

Dan Van Dussen PhD
OAGE President