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 2012 ASA Award recipients, who will be recognized during the Aging in America Conference in Washington D.C., March 28-April 1.
|ASA will honor Harry R. Moody at the Aging in America Opening General Session on Thursday, March 29 at 3:00 PM.|
|The ASA Hall of Fame Award is designed to recognize an individual over the age of 65 who has through advocacy efforts demonstrated leadership on the national, regional or local level to improve the lives of older adults and to enhance older adults' abilities and contributions to society as a whole, and who encourages advocacy efforts among older adults.|
Harry R. Moody, PhD
Director of Academic Affairs, AARP
Dr. Moody is the author of over 100 scholarly articles and book chapters, as well as a number of books including: Abundance of Life: Human Development Policies for an Aging Society (Columbia University Press, 1988); Ethics in an Aging Society (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1992); and Aging: Concepts and Controversies, a gerontology textbook now in its 3rd edition. His most recent book, The Five Stages of the Soul, was published by Doubleday Anchor Books (1997) and has been translated into seven languages worldwide.
A graduate of Yale and a PhD in philosophy from Columbia University, Dr. Moody taught philosophy at Columbia, Hunter College, New York University, and the University of California at Santa Cruz. From 1999 to 2001 he served as national program director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Faith in Action and, from 1992 to 1999, was executive director of the Brookdale Center at Hunter College. Before coming to Hunter, he served as administrator of continuing education programs for the Citicorp Foundation and later as co-director of the National Aging Policy Center of the National Council on Aging in Washington, DC.
Harry Moody is known nationally for his work in older adult education and recently stepped down as chairman of the Board of Elderhostel. He has also been active in the field of biomedical ethics and holds appointment as an Adjunct Associate of the Hastings Center.
|ASA will honor Erlene Rosowsky at the Aging in America Opening General Session on Thursday, March 29 at 3:00 PM.|
|The ASA Award is designed to recognize an individual who has made an outstanding and ongoing contribution to aging-related service, research, administration or advocacy on the national level and creates visibility for the field of aging and ASA.|
Erlene Rosowsky, PsyD
Erlene Rosowsky, PsyD is a psychologist who divides her time between clinical practice, education and research. She is assistant clinical professor in psychology in the Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School. She is also a core faculty member of the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology and director of their Center for Mental Health and Aging. She is a Fellow in the Gerontological Society of America.
Dr. Rosowsky is on the Council of Professional Geropsychology Training Programs, where she serves as representative of graduate programs in geropsychology. She also chairs the Generations editorial board and serves on the ASA’s Mental Health and Aging Network Council and the ASA Board of Directors.
Dr. Rosowsky has achieved international recognition as an expert on late-life personality disorders. Her pioneering interest in this under-addressed subject began when she was a NIMH fellow at Harvard Medical School. She is well published in professional literature and has authored three books and
numerous chapters, articles and columns.
Dr. Rosowsky has worked long and hard to overcome professional ageism and to demonstrate that even challenging older adults can be helped to a better life.
|ASA will honor Easter Seals at the Aging in America Opening General Session on Thursday, March 29 at 3:00 PM.|
|The Gloria Cavanaugh Award for Excellence in Training and Education is designed to recognize an individual or organization that has made a significant and long-term contribution to training and education in the field of aging and creates visibility for exemplary training and educational efforts in the field of aging.|
Since 1919, Easter Seals has been providing exceptional services, education, outreach and advocacy so that people living with disabilities can live, learn, work and play. While best known for programs supporting
children with disabilities and special needs, today Easter Seals is a leading provider of services and supports for older adults and their families. Through adult day services, employment programs, in-home care, transportation, health promotion and wellness and resources for caregivers, Easter Seals helps tens of thousands of older adults and their families each year.
Easter Seals has built on its expertise in providing services for older adults, developing innovative and informative educational materials for professionals, family caregivers and older adults. Using a variety of training resources, Easter Seals has created and shared award-winning curricula; trained media spokespersons who can inform and address issues and spoken at hundreds of local, state, national and international forums; hosted in-person training sessions; and made a suite of educational and resource materials available online.
Collaboration is at the heart of Easter Seals’ training initiatives in the field of aging. It builds bridges among communities of care and service providers. Easter Seals has increased connections between transportation providers and the aging network, between hospices and adult day service centers, between the caregiving community and veterans services organizations, and among agencies supporting children with autism and those promoting older adult volunteer engagement.
Finally, Easter Seals has a history of inclusion and a commitment to providing culturally mindful training options that are available to persons of all abilities. For additional information, visit www.easterseals.com/seniors.
|ASA will honor Michiyo Tomioka at the Aging in America Opening General Session on Thursday, March 29 at 3:00 PM.|
|The ASA Graduate Student Research Award is designed to recognize a graduate student for research relevant to aging and applicable to practice.|
Michiyo Tomioka is currently pursuing a doctorate degree in Social Welfare at University of Hawai`i at M¯anoa to gain knowledge about social policy affecting the elderly and to gain research skills needed to develop and evaluate cultural specific programs to improve the well-being of older adults. As a part of her dissertation research, she focused on translational research such as how to successfully replicate evidence-based approaches to improve the older adults’ physical health and social wellbeing using HHAP as an example. She developed four-step protocol for eldercare practitioners who are now being required to replicate evidence-based programs and make them work in their communities to promote health among elders.
|The MHAN Award will be formally presented during the MHAN Constituent Group Program, Saturday, March 31 at 9:00 AM.|
|The Mental Health and Aging Award, presented by ASA’s Mental Health and Aging network, recognizes outstanding programs and services in mental health and aging.|
Anita L. Rosen, PhD, MSW
Anita Rosen began her career at the nation’s first Settlement House, Hull House, and is now a retired professional volunteer and consultant. She serves the American Society on Aging as representative to the Leadership Council of Aging Organizations, and the National Coalition on Mental Health and Aging (currently vice chair). She is a member of ASA’s Policy Response Team, Public Policy Committee, and Mental Health and Aging Network Council. She is an editorial reviewer of the Journal of Gerontological Social Work and Families in Society and is Adjunct Faculty in Social Work for George Mason University.
Her 48-year career included her work as director of special projects at the Council on Social Work Education where she coordinated the John A. Hartford Foundation initiative to strengthen social work gerontology competence. She was largely responsible for development of the first national social work and gerontology competency project and a teaching resource compendium. She taught over 500 social work faculty through aging infusion curriculum workshops.
Dr. Rosen was senior staff associate in aging policy and practice for the National Association of Social Workers where she represented NASW to a variety of government agencies and accrediting organizations and served on national consensus panels. She was a reviewer for AHQR Clinical Practice Guideline for Alzheimer’s and dementia, expert panelist for TIPS 26 on alcohol and substance abuse among older adults, and delegate to the 1995 White House Conference on Aging.
She is the author of over 40 publications, numerous professional presentations, and recipient of leadership awards from AGESW and the Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Directors.
|The NOMA Award will be formally presented during the NOMA Constituent Group Program, Friday, March 30.|
|The NOMA Award for Excellence in Multicultural Aging is given to an organization that has demonstrated high-quality, innovative programs that enhance the lives of a multicultural aging population. Using the framework that supports the broader vision of diversity at the American Society on Aging, the award seeks to identify and recognize best practices in developing and implementing programs and/or services that meet the needs of a multicultural aging population.|
Gay & Lesbian Elder Housing’s Comprehensive Housing Care Project
The mission of Gay & Lesbian Elder Housing (GLEH) is to improve the life experience of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender seniors by developing affordable housing, providing comprehensive care and ensuring, through advocacy and education, a brighter future for the LGBT elder community.
GLEH’s vision is to be the leader in affordable housing developments for low-income seniors with a focus on providing services to special needs populations including but not limited to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender older adults. GLEH intends to serve as a model for national organizations to implement best
practices and provide an integrated support services model. We will address the bio-psycho-social and housing needs of emerging elder LGBT populations through continuous improvement to housing developments, driven by integrity and innovation of service delivery.
The Comprehensive Housing Care Project is the lynchpin of GLEH’s comprehensive integrative and supportive housing system. It is an innovative service delivery model that addresses and eliminates systemic barriers to healthy aging and independent living confronted by LGBT seniors, including affordable housing, limited income and poverty, access to health and supportive services, and LGBT and HIV/AIDS discrimination issues.
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