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The Gloria Cavanaugh Award for Excellence in Training and Education

The Gloria Cavanaugh Award for Excellence in Training and Education is presented to an individual who has demonstrated continued excellence in training and education in the field of aging. Nominees must be current ASA members. Nominees should have made significant and long-term contributions to the field, and create visibility for exemplary training and educational efforts.

The winner will be featured in the Aging in America Conference program book, in Aging Today and AgeBlog, and on this page.

To be considered, nominees will be evaluated on:

  1. Significant and long-term contributions to the field;
  2. Development of relevant, culturally appropriate and comprehensive programs;
  3. Creativity and innovation in training methods, as well as use of technology;
  4. Evaluation methods to ensure efficacy;
  5. Outreach to underserved populations;
  6. Responsiveness to continuing education needs of providers.

Come back in May to submit a nomination
Deadline: October 16


2017 Gloria Cavanaugh Award for Excellence in Training and Education Winner

Senior Planet (a program of Older Adults Technology Services)

New York-based Older Adults Technology Services (OATS) created their Senior Planet training program, in 2004 to pioneer innovative training and education models that harness the power of technology to change the way we age. These models have been widely adopted by providers, public agencies and corporations seeking to improve elders’ health, social engagement and financial security. 
Senior Planet programs have served an underserved audience of more than 30,000 seniors in-person since 2004, and hundreds of thousands more through online programs. The program reflects training that strengthens the competence of older adults to participate in and contribute to today’s digital culture, where most Americans now routinely interact with each other, with institutions, and with information via a computerized device and digital interface. By teaching older adults how to use everyday technology such as the Internet, smartphones, and tablets OATS is bridging a generational divide, supporting seniors’ (re-)integration into the mainstream culture, and improving the individual’s ability to live independently within a connected society.

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