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

42nd Annual Ohio Association of Gerontology and Education Conference

The Faces of Aging: Policy and Politics

Friday, March 23, 2018

University of Akron

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 – Welcome Reception
Friday, March 23, 2018 – Conference
Saturday, March 24, 2018 – Board Meeting

From the OAGE President

I would like to welcome you to attend the 42nd OAGE conference, The Faces of Aging: Policy and Politics. We would like to encourage you to submit abstracts for presentations along this, or other aging related themes. Policy and aging related research may take on many forms. We encourage your abstract submissions.

We have several options for presentations. We offer individual oral and poster presentations, workshops, and research symposia. We encourage researchers, students, policy makers, and researchers to submit their work for consideration at our conference. The conference will be held on March 22-23 at the University of Akron. Our conference is a great way to present cutting edge ideas in aging and to network with other professionals and students in aging. Additional details are available on our website.


Dan Van Dussen
President, OAGE Board of Directors


This year, OAGE Conference abstract submissions will be accepted by the on-line submission process only. Questions can be directed to

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 the lives of older adults.

Keynote Address with

Robert Blancato

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Keynote Address with

Robert Blancato

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: Thursday, March 22, 2018
Quaker Station, University of Akron
135 South Broadway, Akron, Ohio