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Department of Aging, OAGE Accepting Nominations for Practitioner of the Year

Annual Award Honors Excellence in Gerontology Research and Partnerships

For the ninth consecutive year, the Ohio Department of Aging has partnered with the Ohio Association of Gerontology and Education (OAGE) to present the OAGE Practitioner of the Year Award. The award recognizes individuals and organizations that either have improved services to older adults through research and evaluation or have developed noteworthy partnerships with institutions of higher learning (e.g., universities, community colleges, technical schools) for the betterment of Ohio's elders.

Examples of initiatives eligible for the Practitioner of the Year Award include student intern and mentorship programs; intergenerational programs that benefit students and older adults; use of performance measures to improve services; partnerships with institutions of higher learning to improve or expand services; research that results in improved practices or new services; and partnerships aimed at expanding the health and long-term care labor forces.

Nominations will be accepted via the OAGE website through February 8, 2011.

The winner will be announced at the OAGE Annual Spring Conference, April 26, 2012 at Ashland University.

The 2012 recipient of the OAGE Practitioner of the Year Award was Denise C. Niese, Executive Director, Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc.   

For more information contact Marc Molea at 614-752-9167 or

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