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


April 14-16, 2021


Virtual Conference – Hosted by

Ohio University, Athens, OH

Details for presenting and attending this virtual event will be forthcoming.


If problems are encountered when trying to register, please contact Nikki Ohms:
For general questions, such as Sponsorship, please contact Susie Danuloff:

Registration Info

Student $55

Professional $85

Retiree $15

Continuing education credits will be available.
More information will be posted at a later date.


Keynote Speaker Address featuring Julie A. Brown, Ph.D.

Wendy A. Rogers, Ph.D., is the Shahid and Ann Carlson Khan Professor of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Her primary appointment is in the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health. She also has an appointment in the Educational Psychology Department and is an affiliate faculty member of the Beckman Institute and the Illinois Informatics Institute. She received her B.A. from the University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth, and her M.S. (1989) and Ph.D. (1991) from the Georgia Institute of Technology. She is a Certified Human Factors Professional (BCPE Certificate #1539). Her research interests include design for aging; technology acceptance; human-automation interaction; aging-in-place; human-robot interaction; aging with disabilities; cognitive aging; and skill acquisition and training. She is the Director of the Health Technology Education Program; Program Director of CHART (Collaborations in Health, Aging, Research, and Technology); and Director of the Human  Factors and Aging Laboratory ( Her research is funded by: the National Institutes of Health (National Institute on Aging) as part of the Center for Research and Education on Aging and Technology Enhancement (; and the Department of Health and Human Services (National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research; NIDILRR) Rehabilitation Engineering Research Centers on Technologies to Support Successful Aging with Disability ( and Enhancing Neurocognitive Health, Abilities, Networks, and Community Engagement (ENHANCE). She is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Gerontological Society of America, and the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.

President’s Dinner – Friday evening, $35

The President’s Dinner is an opportunity for attendees to relax and network after the conference. An elegant meal is provided with the purchase of a ticket and will include beef, chicken, or vegan/gluten-free entrees. All attendees are encouraged to participate, including students.

*If you would like to donate so that a student may attend, please select the OAGE Student Sponsorship option listed below the registration options (early bird, late, etc.) on the main registration page.

Students wishing to be considered for sponsorship to the President’s Dinner are asked to indicate this within their registration – President’s Dinner Student Sponsorship Request.

Program Overview

Thursday – April 2 – Baker Center

6:00 – 7:00 Registration
7:00 – 8:00 Keynote
8:00 – 9:00 Reception, OAGE Scholar Posters and Innovation Presentations
9:00 Student Reception

Friday – April 3– Baker Center

7:30 – 8:15: Registration
8:15 – 9:00 Opening Session
9:00 – 10:15 Session I
10:15 – 11:15 Poster Session (Refreshments)
11:15 – 12:30 Session II
12:30 – 2:00 Lunch / Awards
2:00 – 3:15 Session III
3:15 – 4:30 Session IV
5:00 – 6:30 President’s Dinner

Keynote Speaker – Thursday 7:00 p.m.

Wendy A. Rogers, Ph.D. – University of Illinois.

Designing Technology to Support Healthy Aging

Technology advances have the potential to support healthy aging but often technologies are not designed with consideration for the interests, capabilities, limitations, needs, and preferences of older adults. The Human Factors and Aging Laboratory ( is specifically oriented toward developing a fundamental understanding of aging and bringing that knowledge to bear on design issues important to technology design for the support of health, enjoyment, quality of life, and safety of everyday activities of older adults. Our research efforts are conducted within the framework of human factors and we strive to apply that scientific knowledge to better design and deployment of healthcare technologies for older adults. In this presentation, I will provide examples of research focused on support for social engagement, healthcare activities, and cognitive function. I will discuss examples of how current technologies can be used to support healthy living (e.g., apps, mobile devices, social networking, in home assistive technologies) as well as how our team is developing new technologies (e.g., robotics, telepresence, digital voice assistants) to enable autonomy and independence for older adults.


Hotel rooms have been reserved at three nearby hotels. Please make reservations by the indicated date, as price and availability cannot be guaranteed after that. (Hotel rooms are in very high demand the weekend of the conference.)

Note: To make a reservation at the negotiated rate, the hotel must be called directly and you must ask to be in the OAGE block of rooms

Ohio University Inn
Rates: Night of April 2 - $129 plus tax
King w/ Pull-Out Sofa – or – 2 Double beds
This block of rooms will be available until February 29.

Fairfield Inn & Suites
Rates: Night of April 2 - $109 plus tax
Night of April 3 - $179 plus tax
2 Queen beds – or – 1 King bed
This block of rooms will be available until March 1.
Free transportation to the conference is available via Fairfield Inn van.

Hampton Inn
Rates: Night of April 2 - $109 plus tax
2 Queen beds – or – 1 King bed
This block of rooms will be available until March 1.
Free transportation to the conference is available via Hampton Inn van.