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Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging Announces
Innovation in Caregiving Award Winners

September 2012

The Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging (BRIA) awarded three individuals with the Second Annual Innovation in Caregiving Award. Each winner was presented with a $1,000 check and recognized on November 9, 2012 at the 50th Anniversary Conference of BRIA's Margaret Blenkner Research Institute.

The winners were selected by impartial experts in the field from among many high-quality, innovative entries that were submitted in this year's contest. The winners are Beth Gregerson, Sandy Grow, and Mary Stoudenmire.

Beth Gregerson from Willoughby, OH designed an apron for people who use a cane or walker to transport items. Her "Handy Pack" device is based on a tool apron that has multiple pockets and is worn around the waist. Unlike a tool apron, it is lightweight and can be made using colorful materials to suit the wearer's personality. View an illustration of her design.

Sandy Grow from Massillon, OH developed an adaptation to her husband's glasses and headset that would rest on top of his head, nonvisible to him. This adaptation allows her husband, who has frontal lobal dementia, to listen to music and see clearly while avoiding dangerous behavior that might cause choking. View an illustration of her design.

Mary Stoudenmire from Warrensville Heights, OH created a coverlet to keep her sister, who uses a power wheelchair, warm and dry during winter weather. Made with water-repellent fleece-lined fabric, her "Better Lap Coverlet" is designed to attach to the power chair's leg rest supports. It also includes pockets to keep hands warm. View an illustration of her design.

The Innovation in Caregiving Award recognizes individuals who in the course of caring for an adult aged 60 or over in a private home or a residential setting invented a device or technique that solves a caregiving challenge or found a new use for an existing device or technology that supports caregiving and eases the burden on caregivers.

The Innovation in Caregiving Award is made possible through a gift to the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging by Emerita Board Member Elizabeth Hitchcock Rose.


About the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging: For more than 100 years, the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging (BRIA) has worked to improve care for older adults and their caregivers. The main focus of BRIA is to assist older people and their families to live successfully in the community. Through service, research, and advocacy, BRIA works to fulfill its mission of advancing the health, independence, and dignity of older adults.

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