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2011 Innovation in Caregiving Award Winners

The Innovation in Caregiving Awards recognize individuals who, in the course of caring for an adult aged 60 or over in a private home or a residential setting, invent a device or technique that solves a caregiving challenge, or find a new application for an existing device or technique that supports caregiving and eases the burden on caregivers.

The awards were presented for the first time at the 2011 Aging Your Way Conference & Luncheon.

Three devices created by family caregivers were selected:

Our Judges

A panel of three impartial judges reviewed the applications and chose three family caregivers to receive the inaugural Innovation in Caregiving Awards. Each winner received a plaque and a check for $1,000.

Margaret Calkins, PhD, CAPS, EDAC, is President of I.D.E.A.S., Inc., and Chair of the Board of the IDEAS Institute, both of which seek to improve environments for elders through applied research, dissemination of evidence-based information and resources, and individual partnering with designers and care providers.

Bette Bonder, PhD, is a Professor in the School of Health Sciences and Department of Psychology at Cleveland State University. Dr. Bonder has been at CSU for 23 years, serving for nine years as Chair of the Department (now School) of Health Sciences, and as Associate Dean in the College of Science and as Dean from 2005-2011.

Ed Yandek is owner of Edward Yandek LLC, an engineering consulting firm that focuses on energy efficiency, product safety, and systems compatibility.