Smart hearing aid idea wins WiSys Innovation in Aging student competition

An idea for a hearing aid that can sense your pulse and call 911 if you have a health emergency won the WiSys Innovation in Aging student competition on Wednesday, March 4, 2020. The annual student idea competition challenges University of Wisconsin-Green Bay students to create innovative solutions to combat hardships and improve quality of life for aging populations.

UW-Green Bay students Denny Christoff, Logan Holbrook, James Kaat, Joshua Mendez and Katelyn Desrochers presented the winning solution that the team named “G-Pods.” The students will split a $1,000 prize.

Team “KeepNTouch,” made up of Jada Taylor, Hannah Bunde, Maria Piotrowski, Maria Arunkumar and Katelyn Wiegel, won second place for a solution to combat loneliness and social isolation.

The team’s “KeepNTouch” idea is a simple social media application that allows the aging population to connect and “keep in touch” with their family and friends.

The group will split a $500 prize.

“Get-a-Grip,” an idea for a small hand-held device that allows those with diminished hand strength to grip everyday items such as brooms and cooking utensils more comfortably, took third place in the competition.

Jenna Bares, Isabel Taubel, Montana Fallin and Kenzie Carlson presented the idea and will split a $250 prize.

Overall, nine student teams competed. In the weeks leading up to the event, each team  received mentoring from UW-Green Bay faculty and community members.

Innovation in Aging is a partnership between WiSys, the UW-Green Bay College of Health, Education and Social Welfare and the UW-Green Bay Gerontology Center.

This story is provided by WiSys—a nonprofit organization that works with faculty, staff, students, and alumni of the UW System to facilitate cutting-edge research programs, develop and commercialize discoveries and foster a spirit of innovative and entrepreneurial thinking across the state.

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Innovation in Aging Competition 2020

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Dean Gallagher-Lepak in the spotlight with Innovation in Aging column

See Dean Gallagher-Lepak’s article in Tuesday’s Green Bay Press Gazette that connects the dots about innovation in our area and UW-Green Bay’s contribution to a pipeline of innovators and entrepreneurs. Friday’s (Feb. 23, 2018, 1 to 4 p.m.) Innovation in Aging Student Idea Competition is highlighted as giving students experience with innovative thinking and idea development skills. The competition is sponsored by UW-Green Bay’s College of Health, Education and Social Welfare, WiSys Technology Foundation and the UWGB Gerontology Center.

Startup Week Green Bay kicks off Nov. 6

Startup Week Green Bay kicks off at UW-Green Bay on Monday, Nov. 6 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Wood Hall 117. “Learn from an Entrepreneur: from Aerospace to Innovations for Aging & Health” is the event theme. Two-time Wisconsin Business Plan Contest finalist, entrepreneur and founder of VibeTech, Jeff Leismer Ph.D, will discuss his NASA spin-off company and its products that improve physical functioning in older adults. Attendees will also learn about the Innovation in Aging student idea competition where UWGB students will design ideas to improve the quality of life for an aging population and compete for up to $500. The event is sponsored by the College of Health, Education and Social Welfare; WiSys; UWGB C.E.O. (Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization); and UWGB Gerontology Center. The event is free, pizza will be served and the greater UWGB community is invited.

Innovation in Aging kicks off innovation sprint events

The campus community is invited to kick off the Innovation in Aging innovation sprint events by attending a presentation by engineer, entrepreneur and UW-Sheboygan adjunct faculty member, Jeff Leismer (PhD) of VibeTech on Monday, Nov. 6 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Wood Hall 117. Leismer will be speaking about his experience developing healthcare products with inspiration from what he learned about weightlessness at NASA. No RSVP needed. Free pizza will be available. Sponsored by the College of Health, Education, and Social Welfare; WiSys; UWGB C.E.O. (Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization); and UWGB Gerontology Center. For more information on Innovation in Aging, please go to its Facebook group.

Reminder: Friday’s Gerontology program looks at issues for LGBT elders

Stacie Christian, the University’s interim diversity director who teaches in Human Development and was previously executive director of nursing homes in Green Bay and Kewaunee and director of outpatient services for the Bellin Health Psychiatric Center, is the featured speaker this Friday (Nov. 1) at the Gerontology Brown Bag. Her presentation in the Union’s Christie Theatre will run from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. In collaboration with the LGBTQ Resource Center, the Gerontology Center is screening the “Gen Silent” video that addresses LGBT elders who have lived closeted lives and experience conflict as they need nursing home assistance. Admission is free and open to all

Next Gerontology program looks at LGBTQ issues for older Americans

The Gerontology Center and the LGBTQ Resource Center are providing the opportunity for discussion of the “Gen Silent” video that is being used to enhance the classroom experience and understanding of the issues experienced by older people who are LGBT. The discussion highlights LGBT elders who have lived closeted lives, and who now experience conflict as they need nursing home assistance. Says Prof. Dean VonDras of Human Development, “Come join us in this discussion led by Gerontology Center member Stacie Christian, interim diversity director for the American Intercultural Center and the LGBT Resource Center, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1 in the Christie Theatre.” The UW-Green Bay Gerontology Center brown-bag discussions are intended to provide opportunities for students, faculty, and others in the community interested in gerontology to exchange ideas and information. Everyone is welcomed to attend!

On Friday, gerontology talk focuses on nursing homes

Here’s a reminder that the UW-Green Bay Gerontology Center will host a Brown-Bag presentation by Assistant Prof. Brenda Tyczkowski of Nursing on the topic “Factors in nursing home placement” this Friday (Oct. 18) from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., in MAC-201 (The Gathering Room). All are welcome to attend. See our previous release.
 

Nursing’s Tyczkowski to present Gerontology Brown-Bag on nursing homes


The UW-Green Bay Gerontology Center will host a Brown-Bag presentation by Brenda Tyczkowski of the Professional Program in Nursing on the topic “Factors in nursing home placement” next Friday (Oct. 18) from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., in MAC-201 (The Gathering Room). Tyczkowski holds a doctorate in nursing practice and directs the Health Information Management and Technology (HIMT) program. The Gerontology Center brown-bag discussions are intended to provide opportunities for students, faculty, and others in the community interested in gerontology to exchange ideas and information. All are welcome to attend.

Social Work’s Higgins among Oct. 26 presenters on ‘Elder Abuse’

The UW-Green Bay Gerontology Center continues its ongoing community Brown-Bag Series with a program from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. next Friday (Oct. 26) in MAC-201 (The Gathering Room). Prof. Doreen Higgins (Social Work) and Devon Christianson, director of the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Brown County, will present “Elder Abuse: A Delicate Balance.” The interactive presentation will touch upon various facets of elder abuse with special attention to elder abuse in Brown County. Human Development Prof. Dean VonDras, organizer of the series, says the brown bags are intended to be informal and provide opportunities for students, faculty, and others in the community interested in gerontology to exchange ideas and information.

Gerontology Brown-Bag addresses ‘Micronutrient fortification in China’

On Friday (Feb. 10) the UW-Green Bay Gerontology Center hosts a brown-bag by Prof. Le Zhu, who will address “Micronutrient fortification in China: A case study on program implementation, food safety, and the change of cultural norms.”  The presentation and discussion will take place in the Gathering Room (MAC 201) from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Zhu, a faculty member in  Nutritional Sciences and Human Biology, holds a Ph.D. in food science from Cornell University and focuses her research on the effects of foods on aging, and both the application and policy aspects of food fortification. Programs in the Gerontology Center’s Brown-Bag Series are open to the public as a way to promote learning opportunities for students,faculty, staff and community members.