2017 GGS Annual Conference
“Preparing for Our Future: Prevention, Readiness & Wellbeing”

Date: July 24-26, 2017
Location: Chateau Elan

Through this conference, we brought together various disciplines in aging. In addition to the call for presentations, we solicited scholarly work for inclusion in our poster sessions. Poster submissions from all disciplines and on diverse topics of relevance to aging were welcomed.

2017 Conference Program (PDF)


Many Thanks to our Generous Sponsors!

Diamond: Eli Lilly


Gold: AARP


Silver: Mercer University, Nivek Services, Inc., Gay Construction Company, The Office of the Long Term Care Ombudsman, & ComForCare Home Care


Presentation Materials:


The Importance of Socialization “Value in Adult Day Health”
Aysha Cooper, SarahCare of Snellville
I hear often from families I meet, “I wish I would have known about adult day health when…” Most of adult day health referrals come from Geriatric Psychiatrists because they understand the value in adult day programming. I plan to discuss the importance of socialization in the elderly and how adult day health can make their life more meaningful.

From Research to Market: The Journey of Drug Development
Jeff Mader, Eli Lilly
Have you ever wondered why it takes so long for a new medication to enter the market? Jeff Mader, a Eli Lilly Medical Science Liaison with expertise in diseases of neurodegeneration and chronic pain, will explain the drug development process from research to market. Promising research in the development of new medications for Alzheimer’s Disease will also be discussed.

Advocating for Action: GCOA State Senior Issues Advocacy
Vicki Johnson, Kathy Floyd & David Coffman, Georgia Council on Aging
Being an Advocate and engaging legislators is critical to maintain support for programs serving Georgia’s seniors. This session will review the 2017 legislative session and CO-AGE priorities. Attendees will also learn and practice strategies for engaging legislators and new supporters. We will finish the session with a preview of the 2018 legislative session and what policy priorities will be coming.

Care Partner Role in Decreasing Fall Risks by Identifying Depression and Facilitating Treatment
Oyinkansola Akinmade, Caretherapy, LLC.
This presentation will shed light on depression in older adults and the need to pay more attention to facilitating treatment of depression as a way to decrease falls in the older adult population.