2019 SGS Conference

Miramar Beach, Florida

40th Annual Meeting

The 2019 Southern Gerontological Society/Georgia Gerontological Society Joint Conference was held April 9 through April 13, at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in Miramar Beach, Florida

Theme: Mining the Gems: Investing In Our Future

SGS 2019 Annual Meeting

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2019 Sponsors

Premier Ruby Sponsor

UMBC Erickson School of Aging Studies

Platinum Sponsor

Georgia State University - Gerontology Institute

Gold Sponsor

Sigma Phi Omega

Silver Plus Sponsor

"Living with Dementia" Speaker Sponsor
Riverside Center for Excellence in Aging and Lifelong Health

Silver Wellness Partner

Master of Health Administration - Appalachian State University

Bronze Plus Sponsors

National Association for Professional Gerontologists
Philips Lifeline

Bronze Sponsors

Music & Memory
University of South Florida - School of Aging Studies
Florida PACE® Providers Association
Great Plains Idea
Positive Approach
SimpleC Cognitive Health

2019 Award Recipients

Gordon Streib Distinguished Academic Gerontologist Award

Not Awarded in 2019

The Gordon F. Streib Distinguished Academic Gerontologist Award is named after a true pioneer of social gerontology who, over a six decade career in sociology and gerontology at Cornell University and the University of Florida, has made major and lasting contributions to both fields. In public recognition of his achievements, at the 2004 SGS Annual Meeting, Dr. Streib was presented with a special Board proclamation designating him a Distinguished Charter Member and the person for whom the Gordon F. Streib Distinguished Academic Gerontologist Award is named.

This award is given to SGS members in the academic milieu who have shown excellence in leadership within and contribution to professional organizations and organizations which serve older people, a strong record of scholarly publications, and significant teaching influence with students and/or training of service providers or educators.

Applied Gerontologist Award

Leisa Easom

This award is given to SGS members in the fields of applied gerontology in the South. Award winners have a sustained record of leadership in the field of aging, are recognized in their fields, and generally, have positively impacted the quality of life of older persons through developing innovative programs such as applications of findings/approaches to research, education, management or services delivery (with emphasis on application).

Leisa Easom
Presenters: Jennifer Craft Morgan & Christine Jensen
Leisa Easom - in the center

Rhoda Jennings Distinguished Older Advocate Award

Bob Blancato

The Rhoda L. Jennings Older Advocate Award is presented to an individual who is 65 years of age or older who has demonstrated effective advocacy and leadership among older adults in the Southern region.

Bob Blancato
Bob Blancato was not present to receive his award.
Presenters: Jennifer Craft Morgan, Ishan Williams & Christine Jensen

Media Award

“Aging in Arkansas”
Radio Programming
Rosalie Otters, UALR

SGS offers the Media Award to recognize an outstanding media contribution to further understanding of aging in the region and to the mission of SGS. Media of all kinds are considered for this award. Think of the importance of the Media Award...how did you get the information about this conference? Somehow, media was involved through a newsletter, website, Facebook Post, or flyer. Information is all around us. Shifting through to the good information, the award winning information, is what this award is all about.

Rosalie Otters
Award accepted by Deano Traywick - UALR
Presenter: Jennifer Craft Morgan

Best Practices Award

Memory Matters
Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

The Best Practices Award is given to recognize organizations or individuals who have demonstrated evidence of significant contribution to the field of aging and the development of gerontology in the Southern United States.

Memory Matters
Presenters: Jennifer Craft Morgan & Ethlyn Gibson
Award accepted by Pat Cleary of Memory Matters

SGS Student Scholarship Awards

The Southern Gerontological Society Student Support Scholarship Award was established in 2014 to support student members of SGS who have been accepted to present at the SGS annual meeting.

Two students were granted scholarships to help to defray travel costs associated with attending and presenting at the Annual Meeting.

Jeffrey Lentz
Ngozi Jane-Frances Chima, University of North Texas

Jeffrey Lentz
Jeffrey Lentz - Georgia | Presenter: Libby Yost

Student Poster Awards

Any SGS Student Member submitting scholarly work for presentation at the SGS Annual Meeting in Poster format as the primary author is eligible for the Student Poster Award. Student must submit their application for the award prior to the conference, however, the judging takes place at the conference. Criteria includes poster appeal - how it looks, content - the research, analysis and results, and presentation - how well did the student present their poster to the judges.

1st Place:

Mijung Lee: Exploring the challenges and impact on how caregivers of older adults with dementia manage medical/nursing tasks at home: An integrative review.

2nd Place:

Asmita Karanjit, Nidhi Joshi, and Adabale Olanrewaju: Creating a survey process for benchmarking person-centered care in nursing homes.

3rd Place:

Delia Regalado: Using existential counseling techniques to work with older Latino adults.

Mijung Lee
1st Place - Student Poster: Mijung Lee (not present)
Asmita Karanjit, Nidhi Joshi, Adabale Olanrewaju
2nd Place - Student Poster: Asmita Karanjit, Nidhi Joshi, Adabale Olanrewaju
Delia Regalado
3rd Place - Student Poster: Delia Regalado

Student Paper Award

The student paper award is awarded to an SGS student member who is the lead author of apaper which was submitted in advance of the conference to be reviewed by the awardscommittee. The research ideas must be substantially those of the student with an emphasisin gerontology. The student’s faculty advisor must write a letter of support. This year there were three papers that rose to the top. As each paper had its merit, it was very difficult process for the reviewers to select a winner.

1st Place:

Sara Stemen: Away but not gone: Continuing bonds and deceased loved ones in social convoys

2nd Place:

Jing Liu: Understanding subjective well-being for Chinese elders over time

3rd Place:

Kallol Kumar Bhattacharyya: Alternative therapies in person-centered care for persons with dementia in nursing homes

Sara Stemen
1st Place - Student Paper: Sara Stemen
Jing Liu
2nd Place - Student Paper: Jing Liu (not present)
Kallol Kumar Bhattacharyya
3rd Place - Student Paper: Kallol Kumar Bhattacharyya (not present)

SGS Marshall Fellows Inductees

Designation by the Southern Gerontological Society as a Victor W. Marshall Fellow in Applied Gerontology is an acknowledgement of outstanding and continuing achievement that bridges the domains of original and applied research, service to government, practice with older adults, gerontology education and advocacy within gerontology.

This designation, equivalent to the attainment of Fellow status in many prestigious societies and organizations, is named in honor of Victor W. Marshall who has made significant and long-lasting contributions to SGS and gerontology through original independent scholarship, working with diverse collaborative teams, support to veterans, nurturing of advocacy and public service to older adults, and mentorship of applied gerontologists from diverse disciplinary and practice backgrounds.

2019 Inductees:

Denise Scruggs
Jaye Atkinson
Sudha Shreeniwas
Jennifer Craft Morgan

Denise Scruggs
Denise Scruggs (center) - 2019 Marshall Fellows Inductee
Jaye Atkinson
Jaye Atkinson (right) - 2019 Marshall Fellows Inductee
Sudha Shreeniwas
Sudha Shreeniwas (right) - 2019 Marshall Fellows Inductee
Jennifer Craft Morgan
Jennifer Craft Morgan (left) - 2019 Marshall Fellows Inductee

SGS Encore Adult Recognition Awardees

This award was established in 2019 to recognize SGS members who have retired, yet desire to remain engaged with SGS and attend the annual conference. To qualify for the recognition, the applicant must be a current SGS member, in the “Encore” membership category and have maintained at least five (5) years of SGS membership.

2019 Awardees:

JoAnn O’Quin
Laura Bauer

JoAnn O’Quin
JoAnn O’Quin (left) - 2019 Encore Adult Recognition Award
Laura Bauer
Laura Bauer (left) - 2019 Encore Adult Recognition Award

GRITS Hall of Fame

The award seeks to maintain and stimulate interest in the history of SGS, and perpetuate the legacy of past and present members, including recognition of their achievements in the field of gerontology, their contributions to enhancing the lives of elders in the SGS region, and their service as role models for future generations interested in the advancement of knowledge and practice in the field of aging.

2019 Inductees:

Janice Wassel
Richard Tucker
Rebecca Adams

Janice Wassel
Janice Wassel (right) - 2019 GRITS Hall of Fame Inductee
Richard Tucker
Richard Tucker - 2019 GRITS Hall of Fame Inductee
Rebecca Adams
Rebecca Adams (center) - 2019 GRITS Hall of Fame Inductee

2019 Conference Photos

2019 SGS 40th Anniversary Conference Photos

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