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  • Miami's Scripps Gerontology Center Awarded $1.4 Million Grant

    Phyllis Cummins

    Miami University’s Scripps Gerontology Center is the recipient of a $1.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The money will be used to research older learners and their ability to complete college programs.

    “Our research focus is community college students ages 40-64,” said Phyllis Cummins, senior research scholar at Scripps. “The age group is an important component of Ohio’s labor force and an under-studied group in terms of education and labor market outcomes.”

  • Ohio nursing homes have emergency plans, but are they complete?

    Researchers at Miami University Scripps Gerontology Center say nearly all of Ohio’s nursing homes have plans in place to respond to emergencies, but not enough facilities are coordinating efforts with hospitals, emergency responders and public health officials.Working with the Ohio Department of Aging, Health and Emergency Management to examine preparedness and planning in Ohio nursing homes, Scripps researchers surveyed all 962 facilities in the state. Of the 890 facility administrators who responded, all reported having plans for natural disasters, mechanical failures and evacuations.

    Working with the Ohio Department of Aging, Health and Emergency Management to examine preparedness and planning in Ohio nursing homes, Scripps researchers surveyed all 962 facilities in the state.

  • OMA Receives Quality Improvement Project designation by the ODA

    Miami University Scripps Gerontology Center’s Opening Minds through Art (OMA) program was recently designated a Quality Improvement Project by the Ohio Department of Aging (ODA). It’s one of only eight approved programs to meet the state’s requirement for such designation.

  • Charitable Words Supports Students

    Charitable Words has been a valuable partner in education by sponsoring multiple scholarships each year for undergraduate students who work with older adults, especially at nonprofits. This partnership has supported our students in gaining valuable experience and supported nonprofits doing important work.

  • Dr. Kunkel Receives Top Honor

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    "Suzanne provided a supportive and loving environment, giving me the tools I needed to find my voice as a scholar." –Dawn Carr, PhD ‘09 

    Miami University's Dr. Suzanne R. Kunkel received the 2015 Clark Tibbitts Award for her outstanding contributions to the advancement of gerontology as a field of study. Dr. Kunkel received the award from the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE) at their annual conference in Nashville, Tennessee on February 28th. The award is the highest honor given by AGHE annually to educators, scholars, and leaders in the field.

  • Dr. de Medeiros Partners with Alzheimer's Poetry Project to Study Effects

    Glazner sits in a circle surrounded by older residents of the Knolls of Oxford nursing facility. Glazner's hands are raised as he speaks with the residents who are working with him during a collaborative group poetry session for residents with dementia.

    Poet Gary Glazner and the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project have been gaining attention recently. Glazner conducts group poetry sessions for people with dementia. Dr. Kate de Medeiros, Miami faculty and Scripps research fellow, has teamed up with Glazner to study the effects of these sessions on those with dementia.

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  • Building a Foundation for Your Career

    David Mancuso, MGS '99, explains why he recommends the MGS program. David is the Director of Development and Community Relations at LifeSpan.

  • Shaping National Policy

    Marisa Scala-Foley, MGS '95, explains why Miami was her top choice for her masters in gerontology. Marisa is the Director for the Office of Policy Analysis & Development at the Administration for Community Living.

  • Caregiver Respite - Research Spotlight

    Kathryn McGrew, Senior Research Scholar, and Jennifer Heston, Gerontology PhD student, describe a research project designed to find and evaluate strategies to support caregivers. The goal is to sustain care for older adults at home as long as possible and appropriate by supporting caregivers.

  • Over 90 Years of Research

    Our mission is to do work that makes a positive difference in the lives of older people, their families, and communities, and to meet the needs of aging societies. We accomplish this mission through research, education, and service.


  • In 2015 we generated $1,305,292 in external research funding.


  • Donors helped provide $9,641 for student professional development in 2015


  • Scripps managed a total of 41 grants in 2015


  • 2015 Annual Report

    We believe in measuring and reporting outcomes. Each year we strive to demonstrate how we met our mission in the preceding year in our annual report. View our annual report for more details.

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