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.

Agenda & Conference Themes

Explore our GGS Conference Agenda Here 

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.  Review our Sponsorship Prospectus here. 

  • 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.

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