2021 ANNUAL CONFERENCE

66th Annual GGS Conference
August 9-11, 2021
Lanier Islands Legacy Lodge
In-Person & Virtual

After careful consideration, your GGS Board has made the decision to offer a hybrid conference. What does this mean? Attendees will have the opportunity to attend in-person or virtually. We are working hard to ensure that you have an engaging and enriching experience regardless of how you choose to attend. 

The theme for the 66th Annual GGS Conference is The Road Forward: Intersectionality in Aging. Intersectionality is a lens through which “categories of race, class, gender, sexuality, nationality, ability, ethnicity, and age – among others – [are viewed] as interrelated. Intersectionality is a way of understanding and explaining complexity in the world, in people, and in human experiences.”[1]

Together we will examine how intersecting identities influence strengths and barriers that older adults experience and discuss ways to honor lived experience by acknowledging diversity. 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 from all backgrounds.

Please watch the video to learn more about our conference theme.

Registration

Whether you are planning to attend in-person or virtually, you will be able to access our conference content through Whova. You will also register at Whova here. Prices are the same for in-person and online attendance. If you are unable to pay online using a credit card or you would like to pay for multiple attendees at one time, please email the GGS Executive Director at administrator@georgiagerontologysociety.org for an invoice. Once your payment is received, you will receive a discount code that will enable you to register through Whova for free.

GGS Member Rate (must be a member at the time of registration AND during the conference): $125.00

Non-Member Rate: $175.00

Student/Retiree/Presenter Rate: $75.00

We are making every effort to ensure that you receive a fun, interactive, and quality experience with both options. In order to qualify for an in-person ticket, you must be registered to stay at the hotel. Because we are limiting the number of attendees to comply with social distancing, we have to reserve these spots for those staying at the hotel to meet our contractual obligations. We apologize for any inconvenience. 

If you are attending in-person, you agree to wear a mask in all conference spaces and maintain a distance of 6 feet from your fellow conference attendees whenever possible. Failure to follow these guidelines will result in your removal from the conference without a refund. Should guidance change, attendees will be notified. 

Agenda & Conference Themes

Please stay tuned for our conference agenda! You can learn more about our conference tracks 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.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Our attendees are excited to learn about products, services, and resources that can help them do their jobs better. Our Sponsorship Prospectus will outline the many opportunities available for you to reach this diverse market, including exhibits, sponsorships, and advertising. We are working on an updated Sponsorship Prospectus that incorporates our in-person and online audience. Stay tuned!

  • Share your latest products and services to attendees who engage with older adults.
  • Network with your colleagues and other professionals.
  • Increase your brand awareness and visibility.

Lodging Information

The Conference will be held at Lanier Islands Legacy Lodge – 7000 Lanier Islands Pkwy, Buford, GA 30518. The group rate is $159.00 (plus applicable fees and taxes). All reservations booked will require a Credit Card to guarantee each guest room at the contracted group rate. The Resort Charge is waived for our room block. You can book ONLINE HERE for August 8th – August 10th. Once you click on the link, you must select your dates of stay then click on the green box that says “Check Availability”. When the next page appears, click on the yellow box that says “View Available Rooms”. For all other dates, you must call to book a room at 770-945-8787 / 678-318-2018  or toll free at 1-800-840-5253. You may also email reservation requests or questions to reservations@lanierislands.com

When making a reservation, you will be asked for the following information: guest name, home or business address, email address (if any), requested type of room, requested bed type (i.e. king, queen/queen, suites) check-in and check-out date. Lanier Islands Legacy Lodge ® is a Non Smoking Facility. Guest will receive a confirmation number upon completion of this information being provided. In the event you do not show for a reservation and have not informed hotel with 48 hour advance notice, one night’s stay shall be charged to the credit card used to make the reservation. Guest accommodations will be available at 4:00pm on arrival day and reserved until 11:00am on departure day. 

Please make your reservation by July 19, 2021 if possible. After this date, our block is released and rooms may not be available. 

Countdown to our Opening Session! We can't wait to see you!

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[1] Collins, P. H., & Bilge, S. (2020). Intersectionality. John Wiley & Sons