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An Intergenerational Center at OSU?

In keeping with the University’s mission to be recognized for the quality and impact of its research, teaching, and service, a discussion about a potential Intergenerational Center in conjunction with the University has been taking shape recently. Research, education and training would be the foundation of the program, fostering a high quality of care and improved quality of life for the children and adults served. Growth and education occur throughout the lifespan.  Imagine a place where:
  • Children and older adults are mixing cookie dough together at a communal kitchen table.
  • An older adult is rocking a toddler and reading stories, or planting vegetable seeds in the garden with a preschooler.
  • Your toddler receives instruction from OSU students who are interning in early childhood education under the supervision of OSU faculty.
  • Your father enjoys adult day programming and also receives his annual physical from a geriatric specialist who teaches health science students how to care for an aging population.
  • You could come for parenting classes to learn about the most recent childhood development strategies.
  • Interdisciplinary researchers and educators work together at an intergenerational site to advance knowledge across the lifespan – truly improving lives through research, teaching and service.
Picture a program in which the family needs of OSU faculty, staff and students might be addressed holistically in a home-like setting. The Center would be operated as a University/Community partnership and be viewed as a center of excellence in child and adult care, serving children, adults and caregivers throughout the University community and Central Ohio. Read the Vision Statement here. Several steps have been taken to test the perceived need and the viability of such a Center.
  • Maybe you attended the World Café on May 27, 2010, where approximately 60 stakeholders from across the university participated in a conversation to help inform further planning for an intergenerational center?
  • Maybe you participated in the recent Faculty Survey to identify interest regarding utilization of the center for teaching and research purposes?
  • Or, maybe you were interviewed by Plante & Moran, the business plan consultant, to help inform the economic and programmatic realities of such a venture?
If you participated in any of these activities, we thank you!  If not, we hope this article will be of interest to you and that you will want to learn more about the proposed project over the next several months. Guided by a small staff and faculty work group and a Governance Committee, the important due diligence for the project is beginning to take shape.  It is anticipated that a decision will be made in the next few months regarding whether or not to move forward with this project.   If you would like additional information, please don’t hesitate to contact Linda Mauger at linda.mauger@osu.edu or 614-293-8031.

Results of Adult Day Services Study Released

OSU faculty members in the College of Social Work, Holly Dabelko-Schoeny, PhD and Keith Anderson, PhD, recently released the results of their work as co-principal investigators of The MetLife Study of Adult Day Services: Providing Support to Individuals and Their Family Caregivers.  The study indicates that the number of people with disabilities and family caregivers using adult day service centers has nearly doubled in the last eight years. Among other important findings, the study found that centers have significantly increased the amount of medical and social services they provide, with 80% now having a professional nursing staff, 50% employing a social work professional, and 60% offering case management services.  Learn more.

Congratulations to Recent Graduates Who Completed the Specialization in Aging!

Deciding to pursue the Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization in Aging demonstrates not only a commitment to older adults but also a commitment to additional time and energy devoted to a student’s graduate or professional educational pursuits while at Ohio State. Students who accomplish the requirements are to be commended for their dedication. Please join us in congratulating those who completed the Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization in Aging during 2009/2010: Marian Beck, Public Health; Ting Chang, Social Work; Lauren Hankins, Speech and Hearing Science; Jean McKinnon, Social Work; Alicia Rendon, Nursing; Lindsay Skomrock, Pharmacy; Ashley Wasch, Social Work.

Congratulations Students!!

To learn more about the Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization in Aging please travel to the Office of Geriatrics and Gerontology web site or call Linda Mauger at 614-293-8031 or e-mail at linda.mauger@osumc.edu.

Arthritis and Rural Older Adults

Occupational therapy and health sciences students spent the summer and early autumn screening older farmers and those living in rural areas for arthritis.  The purpose of the project is to test and refine a new screening tool developed by Dr. Sharon Flinn and Dr. Meg Teaford of the Occupational Therapy Division.  Once the screening tool is finalized, OSU Extension staff will be trained to offer the screening during community health fairs and events, providing early education and tips for management of arthritis much like skin cancer screenings are being used. The students visited five county fairs, the Ohio State Fair, and the OSU Farm Science Review. To-date, they have screened over 300 older adults. The project is sponsored by an OSU Cares outreach grant and the Linda J. Cummins Fund.  If you would like more information about this project, please contact Dr. Meg Teaford at margaret.teaford@osumc.edu.

National Caregiver Studies of Interest

The Shriver Report: A Woman's Nation Takes on Alzheimer's, created with the Alzheimer's Association, finds that 5.1 million individuals over 65 have Alzheimer's and that 11.2 million people care for someone with Alzheimer's. The Elder Care Study: Everyday Realities and Wishes for Change, a new report released by the Families and Work Institute, found that 42% of the U.S. workforce--nearly 54.6 million employees--have cared for an elderly parent or relative over the past five years. Of these, approximately one is five is caring for someone with Alzheimer's, dementia, or other neurological disorders.

Recent Faculty Publications

Douglas Crews, Ph.D, Professor of Anthropology and Public Health, in the Department of Anthropology, recently co-authored (Barry Bogin) Chapter 7 in A Companion to Biological Anthropology, titled “Growth, Development, Senescence and Aging: A Life History Perspective.” Published by J. Wiley & Sons.  This 2010 edition will be released soon.  Douglas Crews, Ph.D, recently co-authored (James A. Stewart) Chapter 31 in Human Evolutionary Biology published by Cambridge University Press, titled “Human Longevity and Senescence.”  This 2010 edition will be released soon.    Douglas Crews, Ph.D, and Guibin Li, M.D., PhD, Assistant Professor-Clinical, Division of General Internal Medicine, have co-authored Chapter 13 in Aging in Perspective and the Case of China: Issues and Approaches, titled “Senescence, Aging, Life Span, Frailty, Disability and Disease in Chinese Populations: Trends and Prospects. Published by Nova Science Publishers, Inc. (in press) Virginia Richardson, PhD, Professor, College of Social Work, served as the Guest Editor for the special issue from Omega: Journal of Death and Dying, 2010, Vol. 61 (B), titled Testing the Dual Process Model of Bereavement: A Decade Later.  Dr. Richardson also contributed the articles, “The Dual Process Model of Coping with Bereavement: A Decade Later” and “Length of Caregiving and Well-Being Among Older Widowers: Implications for the Dual Process Model of Bereavement.”  Published by Baywood Publishing Company. Jina Han, PhD student in the College of Social Work, and Virginia Richardson, Ph.D., recently published the article titled, “The relationship between depression and loneliness among homebound older persons: Does spirituality moderate this relationship?” in the Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Social Work: SOCIAL THOUGHT, Volume 29, Issue 3, July 2010. Jina Han is a third year Ph.D. student in the College of Social Work is interested in depression and mental health as well as how spirituality contributes to well-being in later life.  Jina came to OSU from the University of South Carolina, where she received her MSW.  She has worked on several research projects while at OSU and is proposing to examine how self-defined ageism, i.e., the extent to which an older person internalizes ageism, affects their identity, self-esteem, and depression for her dissertation.  Jina plans to use a national data set to test her research questions. For more information on the above publications contact Dr. Crews at crews.8@osu.edu, Dr. Li at guibin.li@osumc.edu, and Dr. Richardson at richardson.2@osu.edu.

Call For Papers – Ohio Association of Gerontology and Education

The 35th Annual Ohio Professional and Student Conference on Aging sponsored by the Ohio Association of Gerontology and Education, the Ohio Council on Family Relations, and the OSU Doctoral Students Association will take place at Ohio State on April 15, 2011.  The conference is hosted by the OSU School of Allied Medical Professions and the College of Social Work. See the Call for Papers announcement and plan to attend the 2011 conference, Advocating for Change: Empowering Older Adults and their Families. Abstracts are due January 18, 2011.  Abstracts for papers, workshops, posters and symposia are encouraged.  This is a conference for students, educators, researchers, practitioners, administrators, and planners in the field of aging.  Questions should be directed to Penny Lovett at The Ohio Association of Area Agencies on Aging at 614-481-3511.

Sage Series Celebrates Its 10th Year!

As the SAGE Series (Series in Applied Gerontology Education) celebrates its tenth year of providing valuable continuing education and training in the field of aging to more than 200 students, we send our congratulations to the SAGE students earning a Certificate of Completion in Gerontology during 2010!  This year, 13 Sage students will receive their Certificate of Completion in Gerontology from the Office of Geriatrics and Gerontology and the Office of Continuing Education. As always, the graduates represent a wide variety of professions and disciplines including: public health, pharmacy, human ecology, personal training, nursing home social work, nursing home administration, business owners providing services to older adults, activities coordinator, dietician, service coordinator working with mentally disabled adults, hospice nurse and teacher, a city government employee providing assistance with Social Security needs, and an industrial designer for medical products. SAGE students continually express their enthusiasm to apply the knowledge they gain from the Sage Series.  A recent student comment….. “Just wanted to let you know how beneficial Sage has been not only to my professional life, but my personal life as well.  It seems like no matter what subjects we cover for the week, I meet someone shortly thereafter that I am able to use what I have learned with.  It is amazing.  Sage has been a great resource for me.” The next SAGE series begins March 28, 2011.  If you, a friend, or someone in your organization, would like to know more about the SAGE Series, we invite you to visit the website at http://sage.osu.edu or call Linda Mauger, Program Director, Office of Geriatrics and Gerontology at (614) 293-8031.

Societal Engagement of Older Adults — Learning More

The Kirwin Institute and the College of Social Work are working collaboratively to better understand the social science literature on factors affecting older adults’ opportunities, with a particular sensitivity to place and the social and institutional impediments and pathways to opportunity.  The work will frame an opportunity map approach for analysis and interventions into older adults’ ability to participate fully in service, volunteer, and labor opportunities in their communities. Funding has been received for Professors Keith Anderson, Holly Dabelko-Schoeny and Virginia Richardson, of the College of Social Work, working in conjunction with Christy Rogers from the Kirwin Institute, to create an initial concept paper that is intended to lead to next steps of data collection regarding “Societal Engagement for Older Adults: Age, Race, Disability and Opportunity Constructs.”  The Kirwin Institute will then identify key opportunity factors and conduct a comprehensive data review of existing sources to determine if appropriate data exists for these factors.  The joint report will describe key areas of needed new research and practice opportunities. Due to be completed in January 2011, this project will bring about new work on positive interventions into the lives of marginalized older adults.  For more information, please contact either Dr. Virginia Richardson at Richardson.2@osu.edu, Dr. Holly Dabelko-Schoeny at dabelko-schoeny.1@osu.edu, Dr. Keith Anderson at Anderson.1630@osu.edu, or Christy Rogers at rogers.441@osu.edu.

Congratulations!

Dr. Catherine Lucey was recently appointed Interim Dean of the College of Medicine.  Congratulations Dr. Lucey!   We thank you for your leadership in medical education and for your commitment to the field of aging and the Office of Geriatrics and Gerontology! Congratulations to Dr. Tom Gregoire, Dean of the College of Social Work, for his acceptance into the Leadership Academy in Aging, sponsored by the New York Academy of Medicine and the Hartford Foundation.   Dr. Gregoire is among 10 social work deans selected nationally for 2010-2011. The program is specifically designed for deans and directors who aspire to further raise their school’s profile in the area of aging.  The Office of Geriatrics and Gerontology is proud of its long-standing collaborations with the College of Social Work, and this recognition further demonstrates the commitment to aging education and research that is present across the OSU campus.  Congratulations Dr. Gregoire! Congratulations to Dr. Rebecca Jackson and the Women’s Health Initiative!  The OSU Medical Center received a $7.4 million federal grant, as one of the lead organizations in a national project to better understand healthy aging in postmenopausal women.  The project is an extension of the Women’s Health Initiative, a 15-year federally funded research study and the largest coordinated study of women’s health.  Dr. Jackson, associate dean for clinical research at the medical center, is overseeing the work of the 10 institutions in the Midwest region, including Northwestern, the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Iowa and the University of Minnesota.  Read more.

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