2021 Lifetime Achievement Award

2021 Lifetime Achievement Award

2021 Lifetime Achievement Award

Boaz Kahana, Ph. D.

Professor, Department of Psychology, Cleveland State University

Dr. Kahana was a long-term member of ONECA/OAGE serving two terms as President and was an Emeritus Trustee of OAGE.

Dr. Kahana has made important contributions to the field of gerontology through his research, teaching, and service. Dr. Kahanna authored or co authored over 180 journal articles and book chapters and made hundreds of professional presentations. He received the Outstanding Researcher in Ohio Award from the Ohio Research Council on Aging and ONECA and had major grant support from NIH, NIMH, and other sources. Before coming to Ohio in 1984, he was on the faculty of Washington University in St. Louis and on the faculty of Oakland University and Chair of the Psychology Department. He was Chair of Psychology at Cleveland State University from 1984 to 1987 and continued to teach until just a year ago. He served as Director of Cleveland State University Center on Applied Gerontological Research. He played an important role in developing the first OBR, ODA Position Paper on Gerontology and Higher Education in Ohio. Dr. Kahana also helped major committee assignments for AGHE, GSA and APA as well as served on Editorial Boards for Aging and Mental Health, Psychology and Aging, and Academic Psychology Bulletin. Dr. Kahana’s outstanding career has made major contributions in Ohio, the nation, and internationally.

Nominations

 

OAGE accepts nominations of individuals in Ohio to be recognized for their contributions in the areas of education, research, and practice. For more information, click on the links below.

 

2021 Practitioner of the Year

2021 Practitioner of the Year

2021 Practitioner of the Year

Ken D. Wilson

Vice President of Program Operations, Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio

Mr. Wilson is one of the first practitioners in Ohio to use research and/or evaluation to improve the effectiveness of the programs to elevate Ohio’s aging network.

Mr. Wilson is Vice President for Program Operations at Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio and responsible for several departments, including non Medicaid Long-Term Care Services, Provider Services, Transitional Care Services, and Aging and Disabilities Resource Connections. The programs that Mr. Wilson oversees help maintain the independence of over 15,000 older adults and prevent unnecessary nursing home placement and help families who are struggling to manage the care responsibilities. Mr. Wilson has been a driver in getting the Council on Aging and the aging network as a whole, involved in many health-related and quality initiatives, such as Care Transition Programs and MyCare Ohio. Recently, Mr. Wilson has been working on the pandemic response, including working on food supply chain and delivery issues, organizing community efforts at getting food boxes, and meals out to seniors for a huge surge.

Nominations

 

OAGE accepts nominations of individuals in Ohio to be recognized for their contributions in the areas of education, research, and practice. For more information, click on the links below.

 

2021 Educator of the Year

2021 Educator of the Year

2021 Educator of the Year

Toni Lynn Bisconti, Ph. D.

Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Akron

Dr. Bisconti challenges previously held beliefs about the best way to educate students and discusses more effective and less ageist methods to implement within the classroom.

Dr. Bisconti is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Akron. Bisconti teaches at the undergraduate introductory level to the advanced graduate level. Her engaging and supportive teaching style is well-known in the Psychology department and across campus as one of the top educators to make gerontological content relevant for students. Dr. Bisconti has passion and concern for her students. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she had provided additional social support for doctoral students as well as facilitating faculty discussion on how to best meet the needs of students. Dr. Bisconti’s contribution to gerontological education extends beyond the classroom. She has served as the primary advisor for 7 doctoral students; primary advisor for 13 undergraduate Honor’s Thesis projects; committee member on 26 thesis or dissertation projects and has served as the primary faculty advisor on 100 undergraduate Independent Reading and Research and Field Experiences.

Nominations

 

OAGE accepts nominations of individuals in Ohio to be recognized for their contributions in the areas of education, research, and practice. For more information, click on the links below.

 

2021 Researcher of the Year

2021 Researcher of the Year

2021 Researcher of the Year

Farida Kassim Ejaz, Ph.D., LISW-S, FGSA

Senior Research Scientist, Center for Research and Education, Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging

Dr. Ejaz’s research has led to improved services for older adults, advanced knowledge
about the aging process, and the expansion of research in the field of aging.

Dr. Ejaz is a Senior Research Scientist at the Center for Research and Education of the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging in Cleveland. Dr. Ejaz’s active and productive program of applied gerontological research focuses on quality of care and life in residential care facilities and community-based settings from the perspective of residents, families, and the staff who care for them. Her research has led to improved services for older adults, advanced knowledge about the aging process, and the expansion of research in the field of aging. LifeBIO is one of her research projects that seek to create personal life histories of nursing home residents so that staff can provide them with better person-centered care and enhance the quality of life and engagement of nursing home residents. Dr. Ejaz’s current research focuses on developing and evaluating programs and interventions to prevent elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation.

Nominations

 

OAGE accepts nominations of individuals in Ohio to be recognized for their contributions in the areas of education, research, and practice. For more information, click on the links below.

 

2020 Practitioner of the Year

2020 Practitioner of the Year

2020 Practitioner of the Year

Terry McQuillen

Director of Life Enrichment and Volunteer Coordinator, LSS The Good Shepherd, Ashland,
Ohio

Mrs. McQuillen is a tireless advocate for honoring preferences and person-centered care.

Mrs. McQuillen has made dedicated efforts to improve the quality of life of residents at LSS The Good Shepherd through her work over the last 17 years, including her current responsibilities of overseeing four activity staff members and managing over 300 volunteers. In order to recognize and honor resident preferences, she uses creativity and resourcefulness to make residents’ wishes come true. Mrs. McQuillen developed the “As You Wish” program to fulfill dozens of wishes that many of us take for granted, such as going out to lunch, visiting local attractions, and volunteering. The “As You Wish” program has had a very positive impact on residents by reducing agitation and resistance to care when their preferences are honored. The “As You Wish” program also opened the minds of staff by showing them how much more the residents are capable of. In addition to running the “As You Wish” program, Mrs. McQuillen is closely involved with other services in her community, such as the local senior center, senior housing units, and the Council on Aging through helping to plan events such as ice cream socials and bingo.

Nominations

 

OAGE accepts nominations of individuals in Ohio to be recognized for their contributions in the areas of education, research, and practice. For more information, click on the links below.

 

2020 Researcher of the Year

2020 Researcher of the Year

2020 Researcher of the Year

Katherine (Katy) Abbott, Ph.D, M.G.S.

Associate Professor, Miami University, Dept. of Sociology and Gerontology, Research Fellow,
Scripps Gerontology Center More information

Dr. Abbott’s research focuses on improving health-related quality of life, social networks, and day-to-day experiences of older persons in various long-term care settings.​

Dr. Abbott is an Associate Professor of Gerontology and a Scripps Gerontology Center Research Fellow at Miami University in Oxford. She has contributed valuable, person-centered knowledge to practitioners, students, researchers, communities and older persons themselves. One of her most important innovations in gerontological practice is to develop, test, and apply the Preferences for Everyday Living Inventory (PELI), a tool to assist providers better understand the care preferences of people in their charge. PELI not only gathers important information about personal preferences but also shares this information with caregivers to enable them to deliver tailored person-centered care.

Dr. Abbott’s research has been recognized through her multiple funded PELI projects, and she also includes her students in the PELI project to provide them with hands-on experience that they, in turn, will use to better the lives of older persons. You can find resources and materials related to her work on www.PreferenceBasedLiving.com.

Nominations

 

OAGE accepts nominations of individuals in Ohio to be recognized for their contributions in the areas of education, research, and practice. For more information, click on the links below.