Moving Forward Together:
Linking Research, Policy, Practice

Legacy Lodge and Conference Center
7000 Lanier Islands Parkway
Buford, GA 30518

April 11 – April 14, 2018




Registration is open. Click HERE for more information and rates.


For information about lodging, click HERE.


Jennifer Beamer, GGS President

The Southern Gerontological Society (SGS) and the Georgia Gerontology Society (GGS) invite you to attend and participate in the 2018 Joint Conference.

This exceptional meeting will be held at the beautiful lakeside Legacy Lodge Resort and Conference Center in Lanier Islands in Buford, Georgia.

As presidents of the Southern Gerontological Society and the Georgia Gerontology Society, we, Jennifer Craft Morgan and Jennifer Beamer, would like to extend an invitation to you to attend and contribute to our joint meeting to be held April 11th -14th at the beautiful Lanier Islands.

This beautiful resort setting offers all sorts of fun and family friendly activities. We encourage you to bring your family members and extend your stay before or after the conference to get the most out of the location (and the low room rates)!

Dr. Jennifer Craft Morgan, SGS President

This year we are doing quite a few innovative things in bringing together the two organizations for a joint conference.

      • We are using the theme to drive session creation in ways that ensure that researchers, practitioners, policy advocates and older adult consumers create linkages in terms of networks, sharing ideas and moving forward the agenda to contribute to older adult quality of life and reduce inequalities.
      • We are organizing the conference into eight tracks. You will notice there is a bit of overlap between the themes. This is done purposefully so that those who normally remain in silos have the opportunity to hear a multitude of perspectives on any given issue. We will have a feature symposium in each of the eight tracks that will be chosen and developed by the respective track chairs.
      • We are implementing some new ways of integrating both wellbeing and older adults themselves into our conference. There will be a room set aside for mini-workshops (e.g. LaughActive, Meditation, Yoga, Caregiver Resources) that will be appropriate for older adults who are not professional gerontologists and conference attendees who want a break during sessions. So, if you’d like to bring a parent, friend, neighbor or grandparent along to the conference who are 60 or older, this could be a great option for you.
      • We will be promoting networking between the organizations in more formal ways with a joint awards luncheon, an older adult luncheon, and a networking lounge with the poster sessions. We are hoping to build lasting linkages between the two societies so that each can benefit from the strengths of the other and reengage when meetings are geographically closer to either group of attendees.

We hope you will join us and share your important work at the Lake Lanier meeting.


Jennifer Craft Morgan and Jennifer Beamer  


Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship at this joint SGS / GGS conference provides an opportunity to enhance your organization’s visibility and promote services, products, or research to gerontologists who represent the Southeastern Region of the United States and, specifically, the great state of Georgia.

SGS and GGS are comprised of professional educators, health care and social services practitioners, researchers, students, and policymakers. Our members and conference attendees work directly with older persons and train others to work with them. All levels of sponsorship are welcomed and appreciated.

Click HERE for the SGS / GGS 2018 Joint Conference Sponsor, Exhibitor, and Advertiser Prospectus.

Special Conference Events – Don’t Miss Out!

The 2018 Annual Conference will offer a variety of conference events of interest to all attendees.We will be applying for CEUs and CMEs for Social Work, Nursing, and other specialties.

Lake Lanier Canopy Tours
Wednesday, April 11 | 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Organized activities at Legacy Lodge will include opportunities for attendees to experience the lovely outdoor setting (weather permitting). Come zip line, ride a horse, or enjoy a nature walk.



Presidential Opening and 2018 Barbara Payne Lectureship
Wednesday, April 11 | 6:00 pm
The Barbara Pittard Payne Lectureship was established in 1990 in honor of Dr. Barbara Payne-Stancil, founding director of the Gerontology Center (now the Gerontology Institute) at Georgia State University. The lectureship is a tribute to Dr. Payne-Stancil’s distinguished career and contributions to the field of Gerontology.


Georgia State Spotlight Session
Thursday, April 12 | 7:30 am
Start the day with breakfast and Georgia’s many aging services and accomplishments. This is a great session to explore ways in which other states may be able to adapt new methods to achieve similar successes.



Awards Luncheon
Thursday, April 12 | 11:30 am
Come and help celebrate the accomplishments of both GGS and SGS awardees.




Networking Roundtable Luncheon: Aging Done Better, Together
Friday, April 13 | 11:30 am
This lunch will partner researchers, students, older adults, and practitioners together for an enriching networking opportunity. Tables will be arranged by specific and special interests.



Presidential Beach Party and Jam-A-Palooza
Friday, April 13 | 6:15 pm
Put your feet in the sand and kick back during this fun and entertaining evening of casual networking, music, and entertainment.



LGBTQ Panel Session & Breakfast
Saturday, April 14 | 8:00 am
This session will feature experts in research, policy, and practice who will discuss key issues in the older LGBT community from an intersectional perspective, exploring the complex role of sexual and gender identity, race/ethnicity, and region on the aging experience.



Stay & Train Opportunities
Saturday, April 14 | 10:00 am
Option to stay and train will include focus training sessions such as: Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care Training, Elder Exploitation & Abuse, LaughActive Yoga and Disaster Management & Emergency Preparedness.



Other conference events will include:

        • Ongoing wellness events throughout the conference
        • Concurrent workshops, poster and paper sessions