Connect. Explore. Grow.

The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds

Lake Oconee

July 22-24, 2019



Our theme for the 64th Annual Conference is Connect. Explore. Grow. Over three days of dynamic general sessions, engaging educational workshops, and networking opportunities, GGS will provide attendees with the tools to:

  • CONNECT with colleagues to develop new collaborations and break down silos,
  • EXPLORE innovative and best practices across the aging network, and
  • GROW to become better providers, leaders, and advocates for older adults.

Click HERE for conference rates and information on how to register.

National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB): This program has been approved for Continuing Education for 9.5 total participant hours by NAB/NCERS—Approval # 20200721-25.50-A54413-IN 

The Commission on Dietetic Registration has approved this event for 9.5 hours. 

The National Association of Social Workers – Georgia Chapter has approved this event for 9.5 Core hours. 

This conference has been pre-approved by The Commission for Case Manager Certification to provide 9.5 CE contact hours to CCM® board certified case managers.

Emory Nursing Professional Development Center (ENPDC) is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Attendees to this CNE activity will be awarded up to 9.5 contact hours by ENPDC.

Agenda At A Glance 


Conference Program

Monday July 22, 2019

9:30 AM – 11:30 AM 3rd Annual Direct Care Workforce Solutions Forum (This is a pre-conference event with a separate registration. Please click here for more information.)

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM Opening Session

Stand By Me: Connecting to the World Around Us Through Music

Mallory Even, Metro Music Therapy

Each and every one of us has a personal, emotional, and generational connection to music; and while these connections may be siloed within our own hearts and minds, the power of accessing and sharing our stories, memories, and experiences through music is simply unparalleled. In this keynote presentation, Mallory Even, board-certified and licensed Music Therapist, will lead conference attendees through an engaging and lively presentation highlighting the field of Music Therapy and its’ benefits for all ages, the detailed differences between Music Therapy and Music Entertainment, and the positive outcomes both can bring when introduced safely and intentionally within the older adult population.

2:30 PM – 3:00 PM Visit with Exhibitors

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM Concurrent Session A

4:15 PM – 5:15 PM Concurrent Session B

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM President’s Reception and Poster Session

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

7:30 AM – 8:00 AM Continental Breakfast/Visit with Exhibitors

8:00 AM – 9:30 AM General Session

Bringing Dementia Friends to Georgia

Victoria Helmly, GA DHS Division of Aging Services

Dementia Friends USA is a global movement that is changing the way people think, act, and talk about dementia. Developed by the Alzheimer’s Society in the United Kingdom, the Dementia Friends initiative is underway in the USA. By helping everyone in a community understand what dementia is and how it affects people, each of us can make a difference for people touched by dementia. The GA Division of Aging Services has been approved to bring this program to Georgia. At the end of this presentation, you will become a Dementia Friend and receive information on how to become a Dementia Friends Champion. A Dementia Friends Champion is a volunteer who encourages others to make a positive difference to people living with dementia in their community. They do this by giving them information about the personal impact of dementia, and what they can do to help.

9:45 AM – 10:45 AM Concurrent Session C

10:45 AM – 11: 15 AM Visit with Exhibitors

11:15 AM – 12:15 PM Concurrent Session D

12:30 PM – 2:30 PM Annual Meeting & Awards Luncheon

2:30 PM – 3:00 PM Visit with Exhibitors

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM Concurrent Session E

4:15 PM – 5:15 PM Concurrent Session F

8:00 PM – 10:00 PM S’mores by the Lake

Come and mingle with your fellow conference attendees at the resort’s complimentary s’mores celebration daily by the rustic, lodge campfire. As you walk through our doors and time begins to slow down, come huddle around the warmth of the resort’s cozy lakeside bonfire and indulge in our signature tradition of delicious s’mores created just to your liking. 

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM Closing Session

The Closing Session will include Brunch at 10:30 AM.

It’s Time To Disrupt Aging

Debra Tyler-Horton, AARP Georgia

While it is no longer acceptable to express negative thoughts on people based on race, sexual orientation, or gender identity, etc., negative stereotypes around aging are alive and well. AARP is trying to change that. Based on AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins’ national Bestselling book, Disrupt Aging, AARP has started a movement seeking to change the conversation by challenging our outdated beliefs and encouraging us all to re-think the negative stories we tell ourselves and each other about growing older. Learn more about the importance of this movement and how you can get involved. Our ability to live longer, healthier lives is one of our greatest achievements — it’s time we treat it as such.

The Improvables!: Improv for the Ages

GGS closes our conference with an afternoon of clean comedy featuring the Improvables! The Improvables grew out of a class in the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Emory University. They found new directions and, even, new destinies–modeling that agile brains, facile tongues, and love of laughter are as much a part of aging as a little grey hair.

Conference Tracks:

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, etc.

Medical/Mental Health – This track will focus on tools and resources for those who serve older adults in a medical 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.

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.

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. Attendees will have the opportunity to expand their skills as advocates, learn new approaches to advocacy, and acknowledge the need to address ageism as part of our advocacy efforts.

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. 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.

Over 200 attendees from across the state attend the GGS Conference, a multidisciplinary conference covering issues of aging. Our attendees are excited to learn about products, services, and resources that can help them do their jobs better. This prospectus outlines the many opportunities available for you to reach this diverse market, including exhibits, sponsorships, and advertising. 

  • 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.

2019 Sponsor & Exhibitor Prospectus

Thank you to our current sponsors:

Gold Sponsor – AARP

Silver Sponsor – Mercer University College of Health Professions

Silver Sponsor – Office of the Long Term Care Ombudsman

Conference Bag Sponsor: Law Offices of Dennise L. Grayson, LLC

There are no more rooms available at The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds at our room rate. We are unable to add more rooms as that class of room is completely booked. Here are some possible alternatives:

The Lodge on Lake Oconee

Holiday Lodge

Quality Inn & Suites

The 64th Annual GGS Conference will be held at the beautiful Ritz-Carlton Reynolds at Lake Oconee. Along 30 acres of Lake Oconee shoreline, city-dwellers trade traffic for nature’s tranquility. At this luxury resort in Georgia, guests make themselves at home in lakeside rooms and suites, dine beneath a star-filled sky and unplug with Southern-inspired spa therapies or a day of fishing. Here, moments are enjoyed and memories made.

The conference room block rate for attendees is $159 (plus applicable state and local taxes and the state hotel/motel fee) per night. Attendees have access to the conference discounted rates from Sunday, July 21st through Tuesday, July 23rd (check-out on July 24th). If networking with your colleagues while learning about innovative practices in the field of gerontology is not enough to entice you, you will not want to miss this rare opportunity to enjoy the Ritz-Carlton Reynolds at this low rate! You work hard to provide quality service to older adults, let the Ritz-Carlton Reynolds staff show you why the Ritz-Carlton is the Gold Standard of service. Overnight Parking with Complementary Valet Services has been reduced to $14.00 per vehicle, per room, per night (exclusive of 7% state tax). Daily parking has been reduced to $10.00 per car, per day (exclusive of 7% state tax). In order to secure the room block guarantee rate, reservations must be made by June 21, 2019. To reserve your room, click here. Attendees are still able to secure our room rate after our block is full, as long as the property still has standard rooms available. If the online reservation form shows that there are no rooms available in our block, please call 706-467-0600 and reference the GGS Annual Conference. If you have any problems, please email the GGS Executive Director at administrator@georgiagerontologysociety.org

Need to relax? The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds offers a luxury spa menu infused with native Georgia ingredients, water-themed therapies and a lodge-like space with windows overlooking the lake. Sprawling across 27,600 square feet, the Ritz-Carlton Reynolds resort spa includes relaxation lounges, a traditional barbershop space, a dedicated nail treatment room, 24-hour fitness center and indoor pool.  Click here to learn more.

Attendees can choose an optional Resort Fee of $45.00 per room per night, plus applicable state and local taxes. Please click here to see what is included as well as a la carte pricing. The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds also offers five championship golf courses, Ritz Kids programming, fishing and boating, tennis and more. Please visit their website to learn more about all the wonderful services they offer to enhance your stay.