66th Annual GGS Conference
August 9-11, 2021
Legacy Lodge, Lanier Islands

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 below to learn more about our conference theme.

Call for Proposals

You are invited to share your expertise, research, and promising practices in the field of aging by submitting your proposal for a presentation and/or poster session to the Georgia Gerontology Society. The five conference tracks are listed below. We encourage you to consider how you could approach your topic from an intersectional lens. While proposals that do not address intersectionality in aging will still be considered, priority will be given to proposals that are directly relevant to the conference theme. We are also asking presenters that incorporate the theme to include suggestions for how to address any challenges or concerns discussed. Please read the full Call for Proposals before submitting for additional instructions and important information. You can submit your proposal online here. The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2021. 

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.

Proposals in this track could incorporate the conference theme by discussing strategies for increasing representation from underrepresented groups in leadership positions, considering workforce climate when assessing recruitment and retention issues, culturally-appropriate and inclusive marketing, and so on.

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.

Proposals in this track could incorporate the conference theme by discussing unique mental health needs of older adults from minority groups or by highlighting health disparities and tailored programming for older adults from various groups.

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.

Proposals in this track could incorporate the conference theme by discussing topics such as health disparities in dementia, cultural differences in caretaking, in how people view their diagnosis, in treatment priorities and in approaches, in culturally based resilience, support, and/or strengths.

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.

Proposals in this track could incorporate the conference theme by discussing the ways in which ageism interacts with other isms (sexism, racism, etc.) that people experience and how we can use that information to best support our clients. Proposals could also discuss areas of concern within particularly vulnerable or marginalized groups of older adults that need to be emphasized and addressed in policy and advocacy.

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.

Proposals in this track could incorporate the conference theme by discussing topics such as culturally inclusive programming – for example, ways to ensure that sexual education programming is inclusive of all sexual orientations and doesn’t just make assumptions based on age, or discussing supportive interventions specifically targeted to marginalized sub-groups such as those experiencing mental health challenges, those living with dementia, people experiencing poverty, and so on.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Our 2021 Sponsorship Prospectus is coming soon. 

Lodging Information

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