OASIS Institute receives American Society on Aging

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The OASIS Institute of St. Louis is the recipient of the 2013 Gloria Cavanaugh Award for Excellence in Training and Education, a prestigious national leadership award from the American Society on Aging (ASA.)

OASIS will be honored on Tuesday, March 12, 2013, during the Aging in America conference in Chicago, Illinois.

Since 1982, OASIS has pioneered a three-fold approach to successful aging through lifelong learning, healthy lifestyles and community involvement.  OASIS promotes “evidence-based programs” – programs that are proven to be effective and improve lives. Participants and volunteer leaders participate in training to practice new skills and build confidence. OASIS also provides opportunities for volunteers to meet with their peers to discuss concerns and strategies and support each other. (VIDEO)

“We believe there are key elements of educational excellence for our audience, including experiential learning, social support and evaluation of results, “said Marcia Kerz, president of The OASIS Institute.

OASIS programs address a wide range of interests, such as tutoring children in reading, managing chronic health conditions, using technology, and healthy living for children and adults. Volunteers practice and role-play with each other to prepare for their roles as class facilitators or youth mentors. Computer classes include ample time for hands-on skill practice activities.

“By partnering with community organizations, we are able to bring these opportunities to a broad and diverse audience,” said Kerz. “We are thrilled by this opportunity to recognize our centers and partners for the high-quality programs they offer across the country.”

OASIS joins two other winners of national ASA leadership awards – psychologist and gerontologist Ken Dychtwald, PhD, and researcher Jessica Taha, PhD. Dychtwald, president and CEO of Age Wave, is receiving the ASA Award for outstanding national contributions to service, research and advocacy in the aging field. Taha, winner of the Graduate Student Research Award, is a senior research associate at the Center on Aging at the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine.

Based in San Francisco, the ASA is one of the leading non-profits in the country in the field of aging, representing 5000 practitioners, educators, administrators, policymakers, business people, researchers, and students.
About OASIS: Since 1982, OASIS has pioneered a three-fold approach to successful aging through lifelong learning, healthy lifestyles and community involvement. Providing educational programs in the arts, humanities, technology, wellness and volunteer opportunities, OASIS creates opportunities for adults ages 50-plus in 43 cities to pursue healthy, productive and meaningful lives. OASIS is recognized by the Social Impact Exchange’s S&I 100 index as a top-performing nonprofit that delivers results. To learn more, visit www.oasisnet.org

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