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2015 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 at the Annual Caregiving Conference held at the Conference Center at Benjamin Rose.

Two devices created by caregivers were selected:

Our Judges

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

Margaret Calkins, PhD, CAPS, EDAC, is The Elliot Professor of Health Care Design at the College of Architecture and Environmental Design at Kent State University. Previously, she was President of IDEAS: Innovative Designs for Environments for an Aging Society. She was also chair of the Board of IDEAS Institute.

Eva Kahana, PhD, is Distinguished University Professor, Pierce T. and Elizabeth D. Robson Professor of the Humanities, and Director of the Elderly Care Research Center at Case Western Reserve University. Her recent work has focused on health care of older adults and the health care relationships forged between patients, physicians and family caregivers.