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.

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We will use an online platform called Whova for our event.

  • View the event agenda and plan your personal schedule
  • Find who else is attending this event and reach out to people ahead of time
  • Connect with other attendees if you would like to carpool.
  • Plan some social activities such as a morning run/walk, coffee hours, or meet-ups with your fellow attendees. You can even post job openings.
  • Receive updates such as last minute session changes from the organizers

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You will need to use the email you used when you registered to access our event.

REGISTRATION & AGENDA

You can still register 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.

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CONTUNUING EDUCATION

This program is approved by the National Association of Social Workers – Georgia Chapter as for 11 Related Hours.

This program has been pre-approved by The Commission for Case Manager Certification to provide continuing education credit to CCM® board-certified case managers for 11 CE contact hours.

Please register foe CEUs or Certificates of Attendance at the registration desk during the conference.

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.

Thank you to the following sponsors:

 

Supporter Sponsor

Contributor Sponsor

Contributor Sponsor

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

 

LODGING INFORMATION

The Annual Conference will be held at the Callaway Resort & Gardens (4500 Southern Pine Drive, 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. There are no more rooms available at 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 may also call (855) 553-2320 and reference the Georgia Gerontology Society to make a reservation. Please note that the discounted rate is no longer available. 

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

Click here to learn more about Callaway Resort & Gardens, click here.