eNews | Spring/Summer 2018
Congratulations Graduates! 
Eight Master of Gerontological Studies students participated in the Miami University Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 19. Pictured above (L to R) are Keren Mabisi, Morgan Liddic, Meghan Young, Wendy De Leon, Na Sun, Anjali BK, Pallavi Timilsina, and Amanda Horne. 
Making a Difference 
In our own backyard

Annual Report Cover
by Executive Director, Suzanne Kunkel, PhD

"Making a difference" is a theme that has been featured in some way in all of our recent annual reports. And well it should since it is the heart of our mission statement. Inspired in part by adages such as "Think globally, act locally," and "If you want to change the world, start in your own backyard," this year's annual report focuses on the ways in which we are accomplishing our mission in our own backyard.

This year's annual report also highlights some of the nationally-focused research, service, special lectures, and awards that are central to the broad positive impact that we seek. Our outstanding Scripps Gerontology Center staff and gerontology faculty, our students, our donors, and our partners gave us much to celebrate in 2017.

Thanks to all of you for your investment in our work that makes a positive difference in our own backyard and beyond.

Opening Minds through Art's tenth anniversary

Like Lokon with OMA artist and volunteer
by Elizabeth "Like" Lokon

A decade has gone by since I started the Opening Minds through Art (OMA) program. During this time the program has grown tremendously, thanks to Scripps Gerontology Center's support and Miami University's recognition of its value to the students.

THE NUMBERS: Over 1700 Miami University students have gone through the program locally, and over 125 facilities are now offering OMA in North America (95 in the USA, 30 in Canada). This translates to thousands of students and people living with dementia who have benefited from the OMA program. We are now working on our sixth publication documenting research findings on these benefits.

OMA TRAINING: We have also developed three levels of training. At the first level, the ...

Innovators look at population aging and see an opportunity to change the world.
So can you.

Miami University's online Social Entrepreneurship & Aging Graduate Certificate (SEA Certificate) helps participants explore the challenges and market opportunities created by an aging society. 

During the four-course, 12-month program, you will explore the aging marketplace and principles of social entrepreneurship, develop an innovative idea, create a business plan and pitch your idea to a team of experts.

Preferences for Activity and Leisure (PAL) Cards are one of 16 Ohio Nursing Home Quality Improvement Projects 

PAL Cards provide at-a-glance information about a resident's background and important preferences for daily life that can be used to spark conversation and build relationships between residents and staff.

In recent years there has been a push in the field of long-term services and supports to focus on person-centered care, a philosophy that recognizes "knowing the person" and honoring individual preferences.

However, assessing and communicating information about nursing home residents' important preferences across care team members ...

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Public Radio taps Scripps Gerontology and The Knolls for expertise on aging

'Cincinnati Edition' hits the road for discussion of the
growing aging population in Ohio.

by Bob Ratterman, Contributing Writer, The Oxford Press

On the panel for the discussion of aging issues aired on WVXU and WMUB on March 7, 2018,  were (from left) Dr. Jane Karnes Straker, Dr. Robert Applebaum, host Mark Heyne, Dr. Suzanne Kunkel and Ross Farnsworth.

OXFORD-Population numbers of older Americans continue to rise at unprecedented rates and that is having an effect on everyone in every age group, listeners were told in a recent radio broadcast originating from the campus of Miami University.

"Cincinnati Edition," an hour-long weekday program, went on the road March 7 for a show discussing the issues of aging. The program originated in the Athletic Performance Center adjacent to Miami's Yager Stadium. The program is a production of Cincinnati Public Radio, which operates the Miami University station WMUB as well as WVXU.

Kevin Reynolds, of Cincinnati Public Radio, introduced ...

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2018 Colonial Services Long-Term Care Research Award Recipient

Nytasia Hicks  received the 2018 Colonial Long-Term Care Research award for her work on the "Our Family, Our Way" project. 

The Colonial Services Long-Term Care Research award is presented to a gerontology graduate student for outstanding research or program development in long-term care. The award is funded by a contribution from Colonial Senior Services of Hamilton, Ohio to the Scripps Gerontology Center. The 2018 awardee is Nytasia Hicks.  

Nytasia received her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in social work from Wright State University in Dayton, OH. Her original focus was on families and children. After interning at the Dayton Veteran's Administration and being introduced to older adults, she became interested in gerontology and decided to pursue a Ph.D. in social gerontology at Miami University. Nytasia's research interests ...

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Alumni Spotlight: Quanhong "Cho" Qiu, 2018 Cottrell Distinguished Alumni Award Winner

Miami University Master of Gerontological Studies program graduate Quanhong "Cho" Qiu received the W. Fred Cottrell Distinguished Alumni Award in April 2018. 

Cho is executive director of Compassionate Community Care in San Francisco. During her three-day visit to campus in early April, she met with faculty and students to talk about her work with older adults.

Cho shared advice with current gerontology students in an interview.

How did your gerontology education at Miami contribute to your career?
I give full credit for my successful career to my gerontology education. I wouldn't have today's success without the ... 

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Recent Publications
  • Cover image of three publications
    An Examination of PIAAC Data for Unemployed Adults Aged 45-74
  • 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
    Community-Based Organizations and Health Care Contracting
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