2022 ANNUAL CONFERENCE

The 67th Annual GGS Conference theme is The Power of Our Stories: Using Experience as a Catalyst for Growth. The 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. The tracks offer a platform for exploring one’s stories through the Older Americans Act at 50+, Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) and Ageism, The Caregiving Journey, Advocacy & Stories, and Innovation During COVID-19. Hearing stories from those who have provided OAA programs, care partners, advocates, and those that have experienced ageism will engender an open dialogue for personal and professional growth.

CONFERENCE TRACTS

OAA turns 50+

2020 marked the 50th Anniversary of the Older Americans Act (OAA). OAA-funded programs play a vital role in helping to maintain the health and well-being of millions of seniors aged 60 and older. This track will explore how our past stories shape our future by highlighting best practices, examining how the landscape of aging services has changed in the last 50 years, and spotlighting new and innovative trends in providing services and supports to older adults.

Workshops
Senior Center Without Walls Implementation*

Panel Discussion
Stories from 50+ years of the Older Americans Act

Presentations
The Changing Nature of Congregate Meal Programs and Senior Services*

The World of Assistive Technology

DEI and Ageism

Continuing the discussion from our 2021 conference, we will examine how intersecting identities influence barriers that older adults experience. This track will highlight efforts to address ageism and health disparities by acknowledging the diversity of lived experience and the stories that inform our path forward.

Workshop
Creating a Lasting Legacy

Opening the door to fighting ageism in the workplace, organizations, and other settings

Panel Discussion
Identifying Race-Based Inequalities in Long term services and supports and how the consumer experience can help identify solutions

Presentations
Transnational families: Perspectives of older adults*

The Elders of Athens Project: An Intergenerational Service-Learning Experience

Affirming life by discussing death – practices, and learnings from Death Cafés*

The Caregiving Journey

Care partners are the backbone of the aging network. GGS wants to honor the work of both informal and formal care providers. This track will offer opportunities to hear the learned experiences of care providers and identify opportunities for growth in person-centered care, quality of care, and strengthening the direct care industry.

Workshops
Caregiving: The Legal Concerns*

Exploring the Need for Short-term Respite for Alzheimer’s/Dementia Caregivers*

Be A Superhero for Older Adults: How to Serve the Aging Population with Trust

Panel Discussion
Empowering the COVID-19 Caregiver*

Empowering Care Partners: The Importance of Strength-Based Dementia Support

Presentations
Investigation of Abuse

Care Partnering & Parkinson’s: Managing Hospitalizations, Medications, & Non-motor Symptoms

How to Navigate Caregiving without GPS – Lessons Learned from Compassionate Caregivers*

Advocacy & Stories

We shape our future by advocating for change using our personal stories. The power of grassroots advocacy is fueled by the human experience that advocates weave and share with elected officials. This track will feature current state and federal aging priorities as well as guidance on how to effectively engage and advocate. 

Workshops
Smile, You’re on Candid Camera

Storytelling for Advocacy to Inspire Collective Action

Advocating To Change The Narrative Of Our Aging Story: Now You Got Me Thinking!*

Know our stories: amplifying the voices of people living with dementia and care partners*

Presentations
All About DREAMS

Put Some Teeth into Telehealth*

DIY Adult Guardianship Reform in Georgia*

The power of pictures: Using photovoice to explore follow-up fall prevention with older adults

Innovation During COVID-19

COVID-19 has had a lasting impact on the aging network. We recognize the immense hardship, loss, and inequities brought to light due to the pandemic. There have also been stories of innovation, creativity, strength, and resilience. This track will provide a place to recognize what we have learned and how we can improve.

Workshops
Interventions Targeting Social Isolation*

Presentations
Hybrid Programming is Here to Stay*

Harnessing Over 10 Years of Learning to Power Community Transitions through COVID and Beyond

Effects of COVID-19 on existing issues experienced by older adults living in southeast United States*

How the COVID-19 Pandemic Sparked Consumer Choice in Programming

 

REGISTRATION

Early Bird Registration is now open for our 67th Annual Conference! Click here to view the registration form. For your convenience, you can register and pay online or mail the registration form and a check. More details on the options are at the end of the form under REGISTRATION INSTRUCTIONS.

The conference will begin at 1:00 PM on Monday, August 8th, with an Opening Keynote general session. Sponsor/Exhibitor visitation and Breakout sessions will follow at 2:30. The President’s Reception will start at 6:00 PM on Monday, where we will feature the Poster Sessions. Tuesday includes more dynamic speakers and multiple breakout sessions in addition to our Awards and Annual Meeting Luncheon. Wednesday is a half-day and concludes with more breakout sessions and a closing keynote or panel session. Visit CONFERENCE TRACTS to read the session titles and formats under each track. We continue to work on specific day and time assignments for the speakers to offer you the best in-person experience.

Check the website over the next few months to keep up with the latest additions to the schedule, approved CEU opportunities, and more!

ANNUAL CONFERENCE ATTENDANCE and COVID-19

We are making every effort to ensure that you receive a fun, interactive, and quality experience. As the COVID-19 Global Pandemic continues, GGS is cautiously optimistic about holding our 67th Annual Meeting & Conference in beautiful Callaway Resort and Gardens, Pine Mountain, GA. We have heard from many of you regarding your excitement at being in person. We also recognize that many of you are not yet comfortable with attending this type of event. We want you to make the decision that works best for you. If you are unable to attend this year, we hope we will see you at future GGS events.

The health, safety, and well-being of our attendees, presenters, exhibitors, and sponsors are of extreme importance to us as we plan this year’s event. We are taking the following steps to help mitigate the risk of exposure to COVID-19.

  • GGS strongly encourages individuals to be tested for COVID-19 prior to traveling. Individuals who test positive should stay home and cancel your registration.
  • GGS will have masks available for attendees and exhibitors at the registration desk. GGS is highly encouraging all attendees and exhibitors to wear masks at all times indoors when not actively eating or drinking.
  • Hand sanitizing stations will be available throughout the conference venue.
  • GGS is utilizing the available conference space to allow for as much distancing as possible. We will also utilize outdoor spaces as weather permits.
  • To help attendees communicate their level of comfort in interacting with one another, GGS will provide color-coded stickers to all attendees to place on their badges.

~ Red: Physical Distancing – Greet from Six Feet

~ Yellow: Elbows Only

~ Green: Handshakes and Hi-fives

Although we are taking steps to reduce your risk, by attending the Annual Meeting & Conference, you are acknowledging that an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. By attending the GGS Annual Meeting & Conference, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19 and agree not to hold the Georgia Gerontology Society or any of its affiliates, directors, officers, employees, agents, contractors, or volunteers liable for any illness or injury.

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.  Please check here for details on our Sponsorship Prospectus.

  • 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 Annual Conference will be held at the Callaway Resort & Gardens (100 Meadow View Lane, Pine Mountain, GA 31822). A special rate of $159 a night (plus applicable taxes and fees) has been approved. Special rates apply five nights before the conference and three nights following the conference. Reservations should be made by July 18, 2022 to secure the discounted rate.

A $1 Resort Services Charge (RSC) per bedroom, per night will apply.  The RSC includes one $10 recreation voucher per stay, two bottles of Callaway Blue® water replenished daily, a 24-hour Virtual Concierge (text charges apply per your provider) and Enhanced Wireless Internet.  Access to all Resort Amenities which includes the following: 36 holes of Championship Golf, 10+ Tennis Courts, 9 different restaurants, Resort Accommodation Pools and towel service, Robin Lake Beach and those seasonal activities.

Reservations may be changed two (2) days prior to arrival to include cancellation or change in length of stay. After two (2) days, reservation changes or failure to arrive will result in the forfeiture of your deposit.

You can book ONLINE HERE. You may also call (855) 553-2320 and reference the Georgia Gerontology Society. Please call the hotel if you have trouble with the reservation link.

Check-in time is 4:00 PM.  Check-out time is 11:00 AM.

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