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Thursday, February 28 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Plenary #08: United for Senior Safety Plenary Session

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This panel brings together expert panelists representing community groups, academia, and manufacturers, all working to promote safer products for seniors. Our goal is to highlight the complex and nuanced issues related to the regulation, design, marketing, and safe use of products for seniors.

Dr Johnathon Ehsani from Johns Hopkins University will share recent examples and highlights of safety concerns in products for seniors.

Helen O’Connor, is a researcher at P&G one of the world's largest fast-moving-consumer-goods companies. She will discuss her work with seniors to identify the challenges they face across multiple product categories that are key to Activities of Independent Daily Living. She then works with design teams to create solutions to address those challenges focusing on irresistible consumer experiences that happen to also drive safe independent living.

Randy Cooper, VP for Technical Operations and Standards at the Association for Home Appliance Manufacturers, will discuss potential hazard patterns for seniors related to appliances, and solutions that appliance manufacturers are implementing through proposals to voluntary consensus standards.

Dr Wendy Baldwin, AARP Chapter President, will provide perspective from the country's best known advocacy organization for older Americans, and discuss moving from data to policy as we work together towards making products safer for seniors.

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Alan Abrahams

Associate Professor of Business Information Technology, Virginia Tech
Dr Alan Abrahams is an Associate Professor of Business Information Technology at Virginia Tech, and is a member of the Affiliated Faculty at the Center for Injury Research and Policy at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. His research team are winners of the international... Read More →

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Dr. Wendy Baldwin

AARP Chapter President
Dr. Wendy Baldwin trained as a social demographer, Baldwin spent 30 years at the National Institutes of Health. She also led an international poverty, gender, and youth program at the Population Council in NY. Before retiring to Blacksburg, VA, she was president of the Population... Read More →
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Randy Cooper

Vice President, Technical Operations & Standards, Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers - AHAM
Randy Cooper joined AHAM in July 2016 as AHAM’s Vice President of Technical Operations & Standards. In this role, he is the staff leader on a host of technical and regulatory issues, including liaison with safety and performance standards organizations. He is the staff coordinator... Read More →
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Dr. Johnathon Ehsani

Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Dr. Ehsani is an injury prevention researcher based at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. His research areas include road safety, product safety and opioid-related deaths. is the current Leon S. Robertson Chair in Injury Prevention.
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Helen O'Connor

Group Scientist, Procter & Gamble
Helen O’Connor is a Group Scientist at Procter & Gamble who spends her days searching for the consumer truths that will turn everyday chores like doing laundry, the dishes or sweeping the floor into something people can enjoy or maybe even look forward to doing. As a Product Researcher... Read More →

Thursday February 28, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm EST
Grand Ballroom