2015 Dr. Jerome Kaplan Best Graduate Paper

Margaret Rusnak
The Ohio State University

Dr. Jerome Kaplan was a leader in the field of aging internationally, nationally, and in Ohio. I had the pleasure of knowing Dr. Kaplan who was very passionate about nurturing students in the field of gerontology.

Paper:  Meaningful Devices – Inclusion of Seniors in the Design of Assistive Technology

Margaret’s paper addresses advocates for a bridge between design and need through the active participation of elders in the design process. She believes that inviting older adults to participate in the design of assistive technology will encourage older persons’ use of this technology and thereby improve their social interactions and support their aging-in-place.



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