2020 GGS Annual Conference

Elect to Age Your Way: From Vision to Action

August 17-19, 2020

Great Wolf Lodge


We are still considering our options for our 65th Annual Conference. We want you to feel confident in your decision to register for the conference or to commit to sponsoring /exhibiting at the conference. We want you to know that if we do cancel, you will have the option of receiving a refund, transferring your registration to 2021, or donating the fee to GGS. If you are a sponsor/exhibitor, you will also have the option to sponsor other GGS activities. In addition, you can book your room at Great Wolf Lodge knowing you will be able to cancel your reservation without penalty if we cancel the conference. We will continue to keep you in the loop.


Sponsorship Opportunities

A sponsorship of the Georgia Gerontology Society Annual Conference offers opportunities to highlight the resources, products, and services your organization has to offer. Your sponsorship establishes your organization as a leader in Georgia’s aging field and showcases that you value the training and networking opportunities GGS offers. Please review our 2020 GGS Sponsorship Prospectus for our sponsorship opportunities. All opportunities are on a first-come, first-served basis. If you would like to develop a customized sponsorship package, please contact the GGS Executive Director at administrator@georgiagerontologysociety.org or 404-780-3380.

Thank You to our Current Sponsors & Exhibitors

Silver Sponsor – Mercer University’s College of Health Professions


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Agenda & Registration

Click HERE to access the registration form. To register online, click HERE.

Click HERE for a Conference Daily Schedule with Session Descriptions.

Monday, August 17, 2020

9:00 AM – 11:30 AM Preconference
11:30 AM – 12:45 PM Networking Lunch
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM Opening Session
2:30 PM – 3:00 PM Exhibitor Break
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM Concurrent Session A
4:15 PM – 5:15 PM Concurrent Session B
5:45 PM – 6:45 PM Poster Sessions
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM President’s Reception

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

7:30 AM – 8:00 AM Continental Breakfast
8:00 AM – 9:30 AM General Session
9:45 AM – 10:45 AM Concurrent Session C
10:45 AM – 11:15 AM Exhibitor Break
10:45 AM – Silent Auction Begins
11:15 AM – 12:15 PM Concurrent Session D
12:30 PM – 2:30 PM Annual Meeting & Awards Luncheon
2:30 PM – 3:00 PM Exhibitor Break
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM Concurrent Session E
4:15 PM – 5:15 PM Concurrent Session F

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Networking Continental Breakfast
9:15 AM – 10:15 AM Concurrent Session G
10:15 – 10:30 AM Break, Silent Auction Ends
10:30 AM – 12:30 PM Closing Session

The theme for the 65th Annual GGS Conference is Elect to Age Your Way: From Vision to Action. The five conference tracks are listed below. Our three- day conference provides attendees with the opportunity to hear about new and innovative practices, develop new collaborative partnerships, network with colleagues from across Georgia, and leave inspired and informed to improve the lives of older adults. Our conference tracks are outlined below. 

Organizational Excellence

This track will focus on best practices to strengthen business operations and build professional capacity. Possible topics include workforce development, grant writing/fundraising, recruitment and retention, leadership development, strategic planning, marketing, volunteer management, program evaluation, compliance and accountability, quality improvement programs, etc.

Medical/Mental Health

This track will focus on tools and resources for those who serve older adults in an outpatient or long-term care setting. Innovations in treating specific diseases, drug management, and community resources for patients and partnership opportunities for medical practices are possible topics. In addition, this track will highlight the challenges, resources, and innovative practices addressing the mental health needs of older adults. Special consideration will be given to proposals addressing the opioid crisis in the older adult population. Please note that proposals should be applicable to a multidisciplinary audience and not only to medical professionals.

Living with Dementia

This track will focus on empowering people living with dementia and their care partners to live more fully. Possible topics include person-centered care, addressing the stigma of dementia, resources for people living with dementia, best practices for professionals to better serve people living with dementia, etc. Special consideration will be given to proposals that include an individual living with dementia as a presenter.

Advocacy and Ageism

This track will focus on approaches, innovations, and opportunities to combat ageism and advance advocacy. Fighting ageism is necessary to truly advance the causes that are important to older adults. Possible topics include learning new approaches to advocacy, the power of grassroots advocacy, strategies for addressing ageism, etc.

Well-Being & Meaningful Engagement

This track will focus on best practices and programs being implemented to improve well-being and quality of life of older adults and caregivers/care partners. All aspects of well-being will be considered with particular emphasis on the importance of meaningful engagement. Possible topics include physical, spiritual, and emotional health, nutrition, and evidence-based prevention, etc.

Lodging and Accommodations

The Annual Conference will be held at the Great Wolf Lodge at 150 Tom Hall Parkway, LaGrange, GA 30240. A special rate of $119 a night (plus applicable taxes and fees) has been approved. Reservations can be made by calling the toll-free Central Reservations Department at 1-844-473-9653 by July 27, 2020. All attendees must identify themselves as members of the Group, with Reservation #2008GEOR. All reservations must be guaranteed by the individual and accompanied by a first night room deposit or guaranteed with a major credit card.

Please read our Lodging Information document to learn more about the Great Wolf Lodge and the GGS accommodations. You can also learn more about dining and attractions in LaGrange, GA here.