2023 ANNUAL CONFERENCE

The 68th Annual GGS Conference theme is Design Your Vision of Aging: Connecting Goals Through Collaboration. The three-day conference allows attendees to hear about new and innovative practices, develop new collaborative partnerships, and network with colleagues from across Georgia and beyond. We hope everyone leaves inspired and informed to improve the lives of older adults and the communities in which they live. The tracks offer a platform to explore new ideas, innovations, and collaborations through Empower Caregivers – An Unforgettable Journey; Hope in the Age of Dementia – New Knowledge, Science, and Solutions; Making Connections for Physical, Behavioral and Social Wellbeing; Protecting Rights and Advancing Justice; and Resources, Supports and Technology to Age Well. We want to hear stories from those who have provided care, inspired and implemented programs, participated in research studies, and advocated for change. Expanding on the conference theme of collaboration, we also want to hear from those who have partnered across various disciplines. The GGS Annual Conference experience provides an opportunity to engender an open dialogue for personal and professional growth.

 

CONFERENCE TRACKS

We invite you to share your expertise, research, lived experiences, and promising practices in the field of aging by submitting your proposal for a presentation and/or poster session to the Georgia Gerontology Society. Please read the Call for Proposals before completing the online submission form. The five conference tracks are listed below. The proposal submission deadline is February 4, 2023, at 11:59 PM.

Empower Caregivers – An Unforgettable Journey

Family and informal caregivers are critical to our long-term care system. The role of the caregiver and the workforce crisis in this industry is constantly changing. The caregiver is essential to healthcare and social service professionals, educators, and care partners. This track focuses on providing much-needed information and support by building bridges and alliances across all areas that affect the life of a caregiver and their care partner.

Hope in the Age of Dementia – New Knowledge, New Science, New Solutions

One of the biggest challenges associated with aging is dementia. This topic is a major concern for care partners, health and social service professionals, researchers, educators, and individuals living with dementia. This track emphasizes vital areas associated with dementia to educate and foster public and private alliances.

Making Connections for Physical, Behavioral, and Social Wellbeing

Behavioral and physical health and social isolation are significant concerns for older adults and their loved ones. Health care, behavioral health, and social services professionals look for the latest information on how they can support older adults. This track concentrates on sharing best practices and the importance of collaboration across disciplines to create individualized programs for older adults that produce the best outcomes.

Protecting Rights and Advancing Justice

 Research estimates that 1 out of every ten individuals age 60 and older are abuse victims annually. This track explores the rights of older adults across all areas of life and is for anyone who wants to learn about justice for older adults. This track explores topics such as older adults in the criminal justice system, decision-making capacity, and civil rights. It addresses advanced care, incapacity, estate planning, and long-term care supports and services. The track includes systemic discrimination, prevention of and recovery from abuse, neglect, exploitation, fraud, housing issues, and family matters.

Resources, Supports, and Technology to Age Well

 We all want to age well. This track explores the implementation of the latest programs, services, and collaborative efforts to improve health outcomes for older adults across all dimensions of aging. Potential topics include health, nutrition, physical activity, evidence-based health promotion, addressing social determinants of health, and more.

Our Attendees

This conference attracts social/human service agencies, government entities, students, academic professionals, health care service providers, senior housing professionals, retirees, older adults, caregivers, and others interested in aging issues.

 

Speaker Compensation

Please note that GGS does not pay a speaker’s fee, travel accommodations, or other compensation forms for a workshop or poster presenter. In addition to the opportunity to share your information with our attendees, you will receive a discounted conference registration. You are not required to register if you only plan to attend your session.

 

Continuing Education

GGS will apply for various CEUs. If your proposal is accepted, you agree to provide any requested information needed for these applications. In addition, you agree not to use your presentation or poster to market your company or product. If you have any questions about what is acceptable regarding crediting your organization, please get in touch with Sarah Jones at administrator@georgiagerontologysociety.org.

Questions/Concerns

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Sarah Jones, the GGS Executive Director at administrator@georgiagerontologysociety.org or 210-698-2074.

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 68th Annual Meeting & Conference at the beautiful Ritz-Carlton, Reynolds, on Lake Oconee, Greensboro, GA. We heard from many of you regarding your excitement at being in person at the 2022 conference. We hope you choose to join us in 2023.

The health, safety, and well-being of our attendees, presenters, exhibitors, and sponsors are of extreme importance to us as we plan the 2023 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 back soon for 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 location of the Annual Conference is The Ritz-Carlton, Reynolds on Lake Oconee. (1 Lake Oconee Trail, Greensboro, GA 30642). A special rate of $169 a night (plus applicable taxes and fees) has been approved. Guestroom internet is included. The resort fee is optional and is not part of the package. The special rates are available from Sunday, July 23rd to Wednesday, July 24th.

The reservation deadline is June 22, 2023. To secure the discounted rate, please visit the Georgia Gerontology Society 2023 Annual Meeting for reservation information. You may also call 706-467-0600 and reference the Georgia Gerontology Society to make a reservation. 

Cancellations must be received seven (7) days prior to arrival.

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

To learn more about The Ritz-Carlton, Reynolds, click here.