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ASA to Honor Award Recipients at the 2013 Aging in America Conference
posted 02.28.2013

Every year ASA recognizes a number of individuals and organizations for their contributions to ASA, to the field of aging, and to older adults. We are proud to announce the 2013 ASA Award recipients, who will be recognized during the Aging in America Conference in Chicago, March 12-16.



ASA Award

Ken Dychtwald, Ph.D.

ASA will honor Ken Dychtwald at the Opening General Session on Tuesday, March 12 at 4:00 PM

Over the past 35+ years, Dr. Ken Dychtwald has emerged as North America’s foremost visionary and original thinker regarding the lifestyle, marketing, healthcare and workforce implications of the age wave.  He is a psychologist, gerontologist, documentary filmmaker, entrepreneur and best-selling author of sixteen books on aging-related issues, including BodymindAge Wave: The Challenges and Opportunities of an Aging SocietyAge Power: How the 21st Century Will be Ruled by the New Old, The Power Years: A User’s Guide to the Rest of Your Life, Workforce Crisis: How to Beat the Coming Shortage of Skills and Talent and a children’s book, Gideon’s Dream: A Tale of New Beginnings.  His most recent book is A New Purpose: Redefining Money, Family, Work, Retirement and Success.  In 2007, he had his debut as a documentary filmmaker and host with the highly rated/acclaimed PBS special The Boomer Century: 1946-2046. 

Ken Dychtwald has served as a fellow of the World Economic Forum and is the recipient of the distinguished American Society on Aging Award for outstanding national leadership in the field of aging.  American Demographics Magazine honored him as the single most influential marketer to boomers over the past quarter century.  His article in The Harvard Business Review, “It’s Time to Retire Retirement,” was awarded the prestigious McKinsey Award, tying for first place with the legendary Peter Drucker. 

In 1986, Ken became the founding President and CEO of Age Wave, a firm created to guide Fortune 500 companies and government groups in product/service development for boomers and mature adults.  His explorations and innovative solutions have fertilized and catalyzed a broad spectrum of industry sectors—from vitamins and cookies to automotive design and retail merchandising to mutual funds and health insurance. 

Through highly acclaimed presentations, breakthrough research and consulting initiatives, and his leadership within both the social science and business communities, Ken Dychtwald has dedicated is life to battling ageist stereotypes while promoting a new, vital and meaningful role for life’s second half.

Gloria Cavanaugh Award for Excellence in Training and Education Winner

ASA will honor The Oasis Institute at the Opening General Session on Tuesday, March 12 at 4:00 PM

OASIS Institute

Since 1982, OASIS has pioneered a three-fold approach to successful aging through lifelong learning, healthy lifestyles and social engagement. Providing programs through hundreds of community partners, OASIS creates opportunities for adults age 50+ in over 40 cities to pursue vibrant, healthy, productive and meaningful lives. Programs range from the arts, humanities and technology to wellness and volunteer opportunities. The OASIS Institute, the national headquarters in St. Louis, promotes the use of evidence-based programs through its education centers and community partners. OASIS is recognized by the Social Impact Exchange’s S&I 100 index as a top performing non-profit that delivers results.

The Intergenerational Tutoring Program engages more than 6,000 adults annually to help high-need children in grades K-4 build the skills they need to read at grade level. Tutors complete 12 hours of training using a research-based curriculum. Says tutor Karen Priest, “When I walked in to my first training session I was not sure what if anything I could learn, and was utterly blown away! Working with these children who so desperately need reading help is what needs to be done.”

The OASIS Connections technology training curriculum enables older adults and displaced workers to join the digital world. Volunteer instructors are trained and certified in adult learning principles. “Many of my students felt left behind in technology,” says instructor Jewel Harris. “But the curriculum accommodates their learning styles and the students’ fears generally subside by the second session.” More than 65,000 adults have enrolled through libraries, senior centers and workforce training programs. Research shows the program is effective in increasing the knowledge, skills and use of computers by older adults.

CATCH Healthy Habits combats obesity among adults and children. Teams of volunteers work with children in after-school and summer programs, sharing a nutrition lesson, a healthy snack and 30 minutes of physical activity in each session. Evaluations show the children and adults are being more active, eating more fruits and vegetables and decreasing screen time. The program was named as a Generations United Program of Distinction in 2012.

Evidence-based health programs include Active Living Every Day, ExerStart, Active Start and Chronic Disease Self-Management. OASIS is collaborating with the National Council on Aging and Stanford University on a study evaluating health care cost reduction through the Diabetes Self-Management Program.

2013 Graduate Student Research Award Winner

Jessica Taha

ASA will honor Jessica Taha at the Opening General Session on Tuesday, March 12 at 4:00 PM

Jessica Taha earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Ohio University in 2001.  She received her Master of Science degree in Occupational Ergonomics and Safety from the University of Miami in 2003 and completed her Ph.D. in Ergonomics at the University of Miami in 2012.  She is now a Senior Research Associate at the Center on Aging at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.  Her research interests include health literacy, health numeracy, electronic personal health records, and aging and technology.

Paper Description

This study investigated the ability of 56 middle-aged adults (40-59 years) and 51 older adults (60-85 years) to use a simulated electronic personal health record (PHR) to perform 15 common health management tasks covering medication management, review/interpretation of lab/test results, and health maintenance activities. The impact of education, Internet experience, cognitive abilities, numeracy, and age on task performance was evaluated.  Results indicated that middle-aged participants performed better than older adults across health management tasks and, in particular, on the more complex tasks.  The importance of Internet experience and numeracy to task performance were evident in this study.  Furthermore, the cognitive abilities predicting task performance were determined to vary according to the complexity of the task.  Findings from this study indicate some important factors to consider in the design of PHRs to meet the needs of middle-aged and older adults.

She will present her poster on Wednesday, March 13 at 11:30am

ASA Constituent Group Awards

MHAN: Mental Health and Aging - Patrick Arbore, San Francisco, CA
ASA will honor Patrick Arbore on Wednesday, March 13, 9:30 AM, following the MHAN workshop Assessing Client Change in Diverse Settings

NOMA: Award for Excellence in Multicultural Aging - Hawai’i Healthy Aging Partnership, Hawaii
Wednesday, March 13, 8:00 AM, during the NOMA program, Multicultural Aging: Building Bridges to Understand Differences and Thursday, March 14, 6:30 PM at the NOMA Reception (by invitation only)

FORSA: Forum on Religion and Spirituality in Aging - Fr. James P. Oberle, Ph.D., Irving, TX
ASA will honor Fr. James P. Oberle on Thursday, March 14, 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM during the FORSA Program: The Spirit in Aging: Supporting the Spirituality of Aging in Diverse Settings


2013 Aging in America Conference



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