eNews | Fall 2018

New students  (and their programs), front, l-r:  Abigail Hermesch (MGS), Renusha Maharjan (MGS), Xiao Qiu (PhD); middle, l-r:  Na Sun (PhD), Susanna Smith (MGS), Heshuo Yu (MGS), Barbra Brottman (MGS); back, l-r:  Abigail Klacik (MGS); Cheyenne Kinsella (MGS), Jessica Yauk (MGS), Da Jung Chang (PhD), Ziyao Xu (PhD)

We are happy to welcome our incoming group of gerontology graduate students!  Eight MGS and four PhD students make up the Fall 2018 incoming class. This year our new students hail from China, Nepal, Taiwan and the United States. For more information about our graduate students and their interests, visit the Meet Our Students page on the Scripps Gerontology Center website. 
The 2018 P.K. Whelpton Memorial Lecture examines the long-term impact of military service 

Dr. Janet Wilmoth,  Professor of Sociology and Director of the Aging Studies Institute at Syracuse University, will present the 2018 P.K. Whelpton Memorial Lecture. The talk will take place at 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 9, in 186 Marcum Center. The lecture, The Long-Term Impact of Military Service on Lives, is sponsored by Miami's Scripps Gerontology Center. The event is free and open to the public.

Welcome to our newest research associates!
Within the last year, four new research associates have joined our team: (l-r) Meghan Young, Alexandra Heppner, Traci Wilson, and Katie Harrington. Learn more about them and their research interests on our staff webpage. 

Phyllis Cummins elected to National Council for Workforce Education Board

- Provided by the National Council for Workforce Education

Dr. Phyllis Cummins, Senior Research Scholar at Scripps Gerontology Center, has been elected to serve on the National Council for Workforce Education's Board of Directors. Cummins joins three other new members elected to the board and will serve a one-year term. In 2012, Dr. Cummins was awarded the James Jacobs Scholarship Award from NCWE for her dissertation research on older workers attaining credentials and degrees at community colleges.

Miami-Knolls partnership leads to state recognition

- Provided by Stacey Brekke, The Knolls of Oxford 

Miami Scripps Gerontology researcher Dr. Katy Abbott, The Knolls of Oxford Activities Director Suzanne House, Miami Graduate Student Morgan Liddic and The Knolls Director of Communications Stacey Brekke with Knolls resident Myrna Strohmier. 

The Knolls of Oxford, a continuing care retirement community in Oxford, is pleased to announce that their affiliation with Miami University has brought another innovative program to their residents. Preferences for Activities and Leisure (PAL) cards earned The Knolls of Oxford the 2018 LeadingAge Excellence in Innovation Award.

Front, l-r: Sara Stemen, Doctoral Associate, Maura Durcan, Speech Pathology & Audiology; Middle, l-r: Haley Wisbey, Public Health, Elena McDonald, Statistics, Katie Magyar, Gerontology & Public Health; Back, l-r: Izzy Herb, Speech Pathology and Audiology and Leah Janssen, Doctoral Associate.

Mentorship and collaboration: research making a difference in the lives of Ohio families

This summer Sara Stemen and Leah Janssen, PhD students in Social Gerontology, mentored five undergraduate students working on a statewide nursing home and residential care facility family satisfaction survey that provides data for the Ohio Department of Aging's Long-term Care Consumer Guide (www.ltc.ohio.gov).  This cohesive team tackled the project with the knowledge that they were managing information that impacts lives.

Nearly 400 Opening Minds through Art (OMA) facilitators! 

OMA has continued to grow around the country. By the end of August of 2018, we have trained over 400 OMA facilitators from around the world. Although most have come from the USA and Canada, trainees have come from as far as England, Spain, Japan, and Australia. OMA has four training centers where people can be trained to become OMA facilitators: Oxford, OH in collaboration with The Knolls of Oxford; Richmond, VA in collaboration with Art for the Journey; St. Louis, MO in collaboration with Maryville University; and Calgary, AB in collaboration with the Alzheimer's Society of Calgary. 

Thanks to funding from the Ohio Department of Medicaid and the Quality Improvement Project (QIP) designation by the Ohio Department of Aging, OMA is now offered at more than 50 facilities throughout the state of Ohio. The remaining 100 sites are distributed across 25 states and Canada.

The next cycle of QIP grant applications for Ohio nursing homes will open in January of 2019. This is our third and last year of this QIP funding. Unless continuing funds become available, January 2019 will be the last opportunity to apply for funding to implement OMA. Sign up for QIP funding dates and other notifications at ScrippsOMA.org


Congratulations to our August 2018 PhD in Social Gerontology program graduates: 
(l - r) Karen Brown, Senjooti Roy, Diane Berish, and Sarah Hahn.
MGS Summer practicum experience

Front: Na Sun, Bandana Shah, Luyna Lim Ducay, Shamatree Shakya;  Back: Valerie Kessler, Chelsea Goldstein, Ashlee Cordell, Usha Dhakal
During the Summer of 2018 our students had practicum experiences in the following organizations: Benjamin Rose Institute, Central Florida Community Arts, Dysautonomia Information Network, Miami University Department of Kinesiology & Health, McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital, The Knolls of Oxford, and the Scripps Gerontology Center.  The students shared information about their placements with faculty and students at the annual practicum presentation event on August 24.  
Alumni corner

Stay tuned for information about our
Alumni Gathering at GSA in Boston in November! 

We invite gerontology program alumni to join the Miami University (OH) Gerontology Alumni Groups on both LinkedIn and Facebook, and to update your contact information using this online form.

SEA certificate program gives insight into aging and entrepreneurship

- Provided by Jay Murdock, Farmer School of Business

As baby boomers head into retirement and beyond, businesses are finding a need to adapt to their changing needs and desires.

The online Social Entrepreneurship & Aging Graduate Certificate (SEA) at Miami University helps to prepare socially-minded entrepreneurs and professionals in the field of aging for success in the era of aging and entrepreneurship.

"Aging is very variable. The fact is, that we're talking about a population between age 60 or 65 and age 100 and they have very different needs," gerontology professor Robert Applebaum noted. "It might be travel services. It might be how we can better communicate with our grandchildren. What's going to be the next technology that's going to allow people to communicate across generations?"

In SEA student Gail Bicknell's case, success means expanding her interior design business by learning to make homes barrier-free and age-friendly.

Recent Publications 
    Cleveland and Fort Lauderdale AgeWell Pilots Formative Evaluation Report: January 1, 2017-February 28, 2018
  • The Impact of State Nursing Home Bed Relocation Policy in Ohio
  • Our Family, Our Way: A Family Communication and Care Coordination Guide for Aging Parents and their Adult Children
  • Delivering Person-Centered Care: Important Preferences for Recipients of Long-Term Services and Supports
  • Cross-Sectoral Partnerships By Area Agencies On Aging: Associations With Health Care Use And Spending
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