Friday Video Chat: Winning in Caregiving


Friday Video Chat: Winning in Caregiving

When a family caregiver can't find what she needs, she makes it.

And, that's just what Marian Adly, who cares for her parents, did. Her invention, the Adly Tray, won her $1,000 in the Innovation in Caregiving Award sponsored by Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging. The Adly Tray is a portable table/tray connected to a wheelchair.

In this video chat, Marian talks about her product and shares her caregiving story. Linda Noelker, Senior Vice President, Planning & Organizational Resources, the Benjamin Rose Institute, joins us to discuss how to apply for this year's Innovation in Caregiving Award.

About Linda Noelker, PhD
Dr. Noelker joined the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging in 1974 and has served in a variety of capacities including Director of Research, Director of the Katz Policy Institute, and Senior Vice President. Dr. Noelker received her master's and doctoral degrees from Case Western Reserve University, where she is currently an Adjunct Professor of Sociology. She also served as Editor-in-Chief of The Gerontologist, the leading scientific journal in applied aging research, practice, and policy, from 2002 through 2006. She has held leadership positions in the American Society on Aging (ASA) and the Gerontological Society of America (GSA), the two major professional societies in the field of aging. In 2005 she received the ASA Award for exemplary contributions to the field of aging and the Distinguished Career in Gerontology Award from GSA. Currently, she is President of the Board of Directors for the National Center for Creative Aging. In 2011, Dr. Noelker was inducted into Ohio Women's Hall of Fame. Throughout her career, she has conducted research on family caregiving, nursing home residents, case management and home care services, and stress and job satisfaction among direct care workers. Dr. Noelker has published widely in professional journals on the support networks of older adults, quality of life in later life, the well-being of family caregivers, and the nature of social relationships in nursing homes. In addition, she writes in the Huffington Post on the health benefits of participation in the arts.

About Marian Adly
Marian Adly is the Founder and CEO of Health Adlytics. She created Health Adlytics to pursue products and services fusing next generation technology and radical new approaches to addressing the needs of caregivers and those they care for. An obvious growth market, Mrs. Adly determined it to be an area where significant advancements can be achieved in terms of quality of care, personalized medicine, products that meet the day-to-day needs of the elderly and infirmed. As the principal caregiver for her parents, she has first hand knowledge of the inadequacy of solutions in the market and is in pursuit of patents of products she has invented and designed based on needs she discovered first hand. Prior to founding Health Adlytics, Mrs. Adly was a consultant working with a variety of projects ranging from the creation of a pilot ACO product focused on managing Medicaid populations in Illinois to hands-on management of home health delivery. Additionally, she has been involved in broad ranging public health projects working at local levels as well as working for the United Nations. She also worked for the U.S. Department of Defense working on cancer research under the Uniformed Services University. Mrs. Adly is the author of “Limiting the Collateral Damage of Decision Making” that was the result of her work as a Fulbright (2004-05) at the University of Toronto studying Canada's response to the SARS outbreak. She holds a Master of Science from the University of Toronto as well as a Master of Science from the University of Chicago in the field of Threat and Response Management. Additionally she holds Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, International Relations, and Political Science from Loyola University Chicago.

About the Innovation in Caregiving Award
The Innovation in Caregiving award is made possible through a gift to the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging by an Emerita Board Member. Up to three award winners will receive a commemorative plaque and a check for $1,000.

The Innovation in Caregiving award recognizes individuals who, in the course of caring for an older adult in a private home or a residential setting invented a device or technique that solves a caregiving challenge, or found a new application for an existing device or technique that supports caregiving of older adults and eases the burden on caregivers. Those assisting younger individuals with disabilities may apply for the award if their device or technique is helpful to the care of adults aged 60 and older.

Elizabeth H. (Betty) Rose created several devices that made it easier for caregivers to assist older adults. Her efforts resulted in improvements in care and increased comfort for those receiving care.

Betty realized that caregivers are often creative problem solvers as well. She intended this award to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of these individuals who serve on the frontlines of caregiving.

The application deadline is June 30, 2015. Learn more and apply at

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