2017 Annual Meeting

2017 SGS Annual Meeting

New Horizons In Aging:

Advances In Research & Practice

38th Annual Meeting
April 6 – April 9, 2017

DoubleTree by Hilton Asheville Biltmore
115 Hendersonville Road
Asheville, North Carolina 28803
Phone: (828) 274-1800

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2017 Final Program

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Last Updated: March 18, 2017

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Southern Gerontological Society has secured a block of rooms for attendees with a room rate of $139.00 per night. SGS meeting attendees have discounted rates from Wednesday, April 5 through Sunday, April 9, 2017.

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An Invitation

As President of the Southern Gerontological Society, I would like to extend an invitation to you to attend and contribute to our 38th Annual Meeting that will be held April 6 – 9, 2017. I am excited to announce that Asheville, NC will be our host city for this coming year’s meeting! Asheville sits in western North Carolina nestled among the Blue Ridge Mountains. It is an eclectic city known for its locally-owned restaurants, historic architecture, vibrant art scene, and roughly 25 micro-breweries. Our annual meeting will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton in the Biltmore Village district and we look forward to being your host this spring.

Western North Carolina is also home to a growing number of older adults with an interesting mix of those who were born and raised in this region and a large retiree population. In this region, 23% of the population will be aged ≥65 years by 2032 compared to 18% in 2012. This increase will present significant challenges for local agencies in providing needed services and programming. Also, with the predominant rural geography and a diverse aging demographic, this area is faced with a unique set of challenges ranging from engaging those that are still active to caring for those with significant health-related issues. This has resulted in hardworking and resourceful practitioners meeting the needs of this population and a great place to conduct research.

Our Annual Meeting’s theme this year is New Horizons in Aging: Advances in Research and Practice. We encourage those who are examining critical aspects affecting the older adult population through innovative research and those using creative approaches and programming to address the needs of this population to share your work at our meeting. As you may already know, the Southern Gerontological Society prides itself in being a welcoming and supportive network of students, researchers, practitioners, policymakers, and other gerontology professionals. We embrace a diversity of perspectives and want to highlight your work in an effort to promote applied research and effective practice that together expand our understanding of the experiences of older adults and their families. As such, we promise a dynamic and rewarding conference experience!

I hope you will join us and share your important work in Asheville.

Turner Goins, Ph.D.

R. Turner Goins, PhD, SGS President
Ambassador Jeanette Hyde Distinguished Professor
Western Carolina University

Conference Theme:

New Horizons In Aging: Advances In Research & Practice

Southern Gerontological Society conferences hold a long and quite outstanding record of successfully merging academics and applied practitioners together to create much needed dialogue about the needs of an aging population and how to best go about finding a way to meet the demands of our changing demography. The goal of our 2017 conference is to continue that dialogue and to encourage discussion among all of our attendees about the many challenges and changes happening within our local, state, national and global “communities”.

Conference Tracks

Track 1: Transportation, Place, Space & Safety:
Topics may include, but are not limited to, research, programs, initiatives, and/or public policy on emergency planning and preparedness; environmental design and spatial planning; age friendly communities; elder abuse, exploitation, and neglect; and crime.

Track 2: Diversity Spotlight
Topics may include, but are not limited to, research, programs, initiatives, and/or public policy regarding the following specific populations: LGBTQ, racial and ethnic groups, persons with developmental disabilities, homelessness, and/or persons involved in the justice system.

Track 3: Physical Health and Wellness
Topics may include, but are not limited to, research, programs, initiatives, and/or public policy on healthy aging; exceptional longevity; end-of-life care; chronic disease; physical disability; caregiving or care receiving; financial issues for assisted living and long-term care.

Track 4: Emerging Technologies
Topics may include, but are not limited to, research, programs, initiatives, and/or public policy on technology, telehealth, social media, and health literacy.

Track 5: Mental, Social, and Cognitive Health
Topics may include research, programs, initiatives, and/or public policy on wellness and treatment therapies (e.g., music, art, horticulture); emotional/mental health; substance use; social support; social engagement; and cognitive impairment, Alzheimer’s disease, and other dementias.

Track 6: Health, Wealth and Social Integration
Topics may include, but are not limited to, research, programs, initiatives, and/or public policy aimed at improving, contributing to or studying these aspects of quality of life broadly of older adults. Examples suggested are aging programs and services, community partnerships, research on work over the life course, retirement planning, aging-related policy studies, and social engagement programs and/or research.

*Conference programming will also include Development & Leadership Sessions
Topics may include hands-on presentations addressing networking and development opportunities; mentoring; fulfilling academic promotion and tenure expectations; publishing; and CV/resume development.

**Pre-conference workshops will also be available on Thursday, April 6 and include options for training such as:
National Certification for Caregivers of Patients with Dementia; Elder Abuse Awareness – financial abuse/scam detection and response; Mentorship & Development Training Symposium.

Session Formats

The 2017 Annual Meeting of SGS promotes innovation and interaction in sessions that engage participants. While traditional papers may be submitted, we enthusiastically encourage presentations in poster, symposium, and workshop formats in order to foster active interaction between practitioners, academics, and students.

Posters are the visual display and summary of research, interventions, or programs. Authors are present during designated sessions to discuss their work. Project activities and/or results are displayed in graphs, tables, pictures, and text. Poster boards are approximately 4’ high by 8’ wide. Push pins to mount pictures and graphs will be provided. Authors have an opportunity for in-depth discussion of their work with conference attendees. Abstracts for posters should include: (1) a short statement of the specific problem or topic, (2) description of methods or approaches employed, (3) summary of results or findings, and (4) statement of conclusions and implications. The SGS conference conducts multiple poster sessions throughout the conference including student-only poster sessions. Electronic posters, displayed on a laptop device or tablet, are welcome.

Scientific or professional papers may be submitted. Where possible, topics should relate to the conference theme or session tracks. Paper presentations are normally 15 minutes in length, with those on similar subject matter grouped together in paper sessions. All presenters must allot time for discussion. Abstracts for papers, as for posters, should include: (1) a short statement of the specific problem or topic, (2) description of methods or approaches employed, (3) summary of results or findings, and (4) statement of conclusions and implications. Paper sessions are designed to include time for response to audience questions. Paper sessions are permitted 90 minutes of session time and typically include 3-4 paper presentations per session.

Symposia include three or four coordinated topical presentations. Symposia organizers introduce sessions, moderate discussion, encourage audience participation, and integrate the presentations. Symposium submissions must include a summary abstract as well as brief abstracts describing each presentation. Symposia sessions are given 90 minutes of session time.

In a workshop, one or two leaders organize the exchange of ideas or conduct a demonstration or application of techniques and/or skills. Workshops provide an opportunity to involve participants in demonstrations, lectures, case studies, and role plays in a one-hour time period. Abstracts for workshops must include the topic, its significance, and the workshop goals.

Lunch and Learn: LGBTQ and Older Adults

In 2011, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) published its groundbreaking report on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) health, adding to a growing body of evidence that improving the health of LGBT populations was a major priority for both researchers and policymakers alike (IOM, 2011; USDHHS, 2011). One of their key findings was that health disparities experienced by LGBT individuals might partially be due to the deleterious effects of personal and structural stigma.

At the personal-level, Meyer (1995) proposed that experiences with stigma can reinforce the minority status of LGBT persons, thus contributing to heath disparities. At the structural-level, stigma can cause LGBT individuals to forgo or delay services out of fear that comprehensive or compassionate health care will not be provided to them because of their sexual orientation or gender identity (IOM, 2011; Meyer et al., 2008; USDHHS, 2011). Among older adults, evidence suggests that certain health disparities are even more pronounced; for example, LGBT elders may experience higher rates of disability, obesity, HIV, substance abuse, depression, loneliness, and suicide than their heterosexual and cisgender counterparts (Fredriksen-Goldsen et al., 2011).

In order to reduce LGBT health disparities across the life span, a collective effort must be made to better understand the needs of the older LGBT community and ways to reduce heterosexist stigma at both the personal and structural levels. The goal of this session is to convene experts in research, policy, and practice to discuss key issues in the older LGBT community from an intersectional perspective, exploring the complex role of sexual and gender identity, race/ethnicity, and region on the aging experience.

Confirmed Speakers

Dr. Laura Hein is an Associate Professor at the School of Nursing, University of South Carolina. She authored the first nursing White Paper denouncing reparative therapy (adopted as policy by the International Society of Psychiatric Mental Health Nurses in 2009) and was the first recipient of the ISPN Diversity Award for contributions to LGBT health. In 2013, she received the Palmetto Gold Award from the SC Nurses Foundation for excellence in nursing, specifically for educating students about LGBT health. Dr. Hein was invited to the White House by HHS Secretary Sebelius for a briefing of 150 LGBT leaders on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and returned in 2014 for a follow-up briefing. Dr. Hein serves on the Advisory Board of the Harriet Hancock LGBT Center in Columbia and on the Board of Directors of GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality. During her tenure, the board of GLMA submitted amicus briefs influencing appellate and U.S. Supreme Court decisions, regarding law and policy related to LGBT health.

Dr. Stacy W. Smallwood is an Assistant Professor in the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health at Georgia Southern University. He earned his MPH and PhD from the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina and completed a postdoctoral research fellowship in the I. DeQuincey Newman Institute for Peace and Social Justice in the College of Social Work. Dr. Smallwood’s research interests include HIV prevention, sexual health, LGBT health, discrimination and health, and community engagement and organizing within marginalized communities. In particular, he is interested in the effects of psychosocial and structural factors on HIV risk among sexual minority people of color. He also consults with community-based HIV prevention organizations on the evaluation of their evidence-based interventions.

Dr. Mindi Spencer is an Associate Professor in the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina (USC), with a joint appointment in the Institute for Southern Studies. She is also the Associate Director for Research at the USC Office for the Study of Aging. Dr. Spencer has conducted extensive work on the regional context of health in the LGBT community, specifically how the sociocultural environment of the American South impacts LGBT-related stigma (i.e., how the region’s conservative values, higher poverty rates, and discriminatory policies combine to create a “perfect storm” of stress for this population). She is the Principal Investigator of the Youth Empowered Against HIV (YEAH!) program and has worked in collaboration with the Harriet Hancock LGBT Center in Columbia, SC to conduct a statewide LGBT Needs Assessment. She is also a partner on “Equalize Health,” a training program designed to improve the cultural competence of health care providers and public health professionals so that they can more effectively care for their LGBT patients.

Workshop Location & Schedule

When: Friday, April 7, 2017 – 11:30 am to 1:15 pm
Where: Burgley B Conference Room at the DoubleTree Asheville.

All community members are welcome to this training but must rsvp  before March 24, 2017 to reserve their space. For those who have not registered for the full SGS conference but would like to join us for this lunch, a small fee of $20 will be collected at the registration booth prior to the event on Friday, April 7. This fee covers the cost of the attendee’s lunch. A certificate of attendance for this specific event will also be made available to attendees when they check in to attend this event.

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