2019 Educator of the Year

2019 Educator of the Year

2019 Educator of the Year

Jennifer Kinney, PhD

Professor of Gerontology, Miami University

Jennifer Kinney, PhD

Pictured from left to right: Sarah Boehle (Shawnee State University), Educator of the Year Jennifer Kinney (Miami University), and Daniel van Dussen (OAGE President)

Dr. Kinney has taught nearly forty different courses on aging in her career, from undergraduate introductory classes to doctoral research courses.

She has chaired and/or served on fifty-eight masters theses committees, thirty-one doctoral candidacy exam committees, and nineteen dissertation committees to date. She is very active in the OAGE Scholars in Aging Program, and works closely with the Ohio Department of Aging to provide unique career development opportunities for gerontology students across the state of Ohio. As part of her teaching career, she has mentored and developed dozens of advanced degree gerontologists who are serving older adults and their communities across the nation and around the world.

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.

 

2019 Researcher of the Year

2019 Researcher of the Year

2019 Researcher of the Year

Carol J. Whitlatch, PhD

Senior Research Scientist and Assistant Director of the Center for Research and Education at the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging

Carol J. Whitlatch, PhD

Pictured below from left to right: Dabney Conwell (Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging), Researcher of the Year Carol Whitlatch (Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging), and Daniel van Dussen (OAGE President)

Dr. Whitlatch has contributed important innovations in gerontological practice in the area of dementia care and caregiving.

Her research focuses on the needs of both the person with the illness and the family/friend caregiver, and she has brought critical attention to the challenges and demands of caregiving and provided a platform to ameliorate them. By drawing the person with the illness into the caregiving conversation and by encouraging service providers to highlight these individuals’ remaining strengths and abilities, Dr. Whitlatch ensures that the voices of vulnerable populations are heard and validated. Her studies on the care preferences and values of individuals diagnosed with early stage dementia led to the development of a recognized evidence-based program, SHARE for Dementia (Support, Health, Activities, Resources, and Education). Dr. Whitlatch continues to expand her research in the aging field to explore how SHARE can have a significant impact on the lives of older adults with other chronic diseases, as well as implications for its delivery within a group setting.

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.

 

2019 Practitioner of the Year

2019 Practitioner of the Year

2019 Practitioner of the Year

Shon Earl Gress

Executive Director/CEO, Guernsey County Senior Center of Cambridge, OH

Shon Earl Gress

Pictured from left to right: Shon Earl Gress (Executive Director/CEO, Guernsey County Senior Center), Beverly Laubert (State Long-Term Care Ombudsman), and Daniel van Dussen (OAGE President)

Executive Director Gress is a tireless advocate for older adults in his area and all of Ohio.

His participation on boards and commissions ensure older adults are represented and have a voice in available services. He works to increase knowledge about local and state issues and has testified before Ohio legislative committees on numerous issues that are important to older adults. He has opened nutrition centers in all corners of Guernsey County to serve area elders and writes grants to expand services in his area. Executive Director Gress believes in marrying research and practice to improve evidence-based services for older adults. Guernsey County Senior Citizens Center’s Meals on Wheels program was one of two only two Meals on Wheels programs in the nation selected to participate in the second phase of a two-year research program being conducted by Meals on Wheels America, the Gary and Mary West Health Institute and a research group at the Brown University Center for Gerontology and Healthcare Research. Researchers are using the program to pilot an enhanced meal-delivery service with Guernsey County seniors that integrates standardized health and safety screenings into daily meal delivery services to help volunteers report, using technology, any change in condition they observe in senior clients and improve the general health and well being of homebound seniors. In addition, the Guernsey County Senior Citizens Center’s “Meals as you Mend” program serves residents 60 and older who are being discharged from the hospital or nursing home and may need assistance with the preparation of nutritious meals, which as been a great success in helping individuals recover quicker and remain independent.

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.

 

2019 Lifetime Achievement Award

2019 Lifetime Achievement Award

2019 Lifetime Achievement Award

Raymond Matura, PhD

Professor of Sociology and Gerontology, University of Rio Grande

Pictured below from left to right: Daniel van Dussen, OAGE President with Raymond Matura, Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

Dr. Matura is a founding member of OAGE who has been dedicated in his service to OAGE for over 40 years.

His humor, insight, leadership, and historical knowledge have made him a tremendous mentor to many in the aging network and to students at OAGE conferences. In addition to his mentoring, Dr. Matura has earned many awards, including two OAGE awards for Outstanding Teaching and Achievement in Leadership. Dr. Matura is a tireless advocate for our rural aging population and has worked with the Area Agency on Aging 7 in Southern Ohio and the OAGE policy committee to provide leadership and advocacy. As an Emeritus board member, his dedication and willingness to lead by example continue to make many meaningful contributions to OAGE.

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.