2022 SGS Annual Meeting & Conference

SGS Annual Conference

The Southern Gerontological Society’s 43rd Annual Meeting and Conference

Panama City Beach
Golf & Spa Resort

April 5 through April 9, 2022

SGS - 2022 Conference Photos

2022 Meeting Documents

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Gold Sponsor & Conference Bag Sponsor

Georgia State University Gerontology Institute

Georgia State University Gerontology Institute

The Gerontology Institute builds on more than 40 years of gerontology education. It is among the oldest and most accomplished gerontology programs in the Southeast.

Gerontology students receive individual attention and mentorship, but also have all the benefits of being at a large, urban university. In downtown Atlanta, Georgia State is in proximity to numerous programs, services and organizations that provide students with first-hand experiences in the field of aging.

The Gerontology Institute offers a Master of Arts degree and a certificate in Gerontology for students who wish to prepare for careers in the field of aging.

The Gerontology Institute offers several programs at the undergraduate level: Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (B.I.S.), a certificate in gerontology and a dual-degree program – bachelor’s in sociology/master’s in gerontology.

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Silver Plus Sponsor

UMBC Erickson School of Aging Services Logo

UMBC Erickson School of Aging Services

ESAS combines a passion for creating leaders and scholars in aging with a genuine connection to real world applications. The unique strength of our community is that it brings together so many exceptionally talented people of different backgrounds, lived experiences, interests, approaches and methodologies. Our goal, since our founding in 2005, is to integrate aging issues, business management and public policy. Our business orientation – applicable to nonprofit, for profit and government sectors encourages leadership and entrepreneurial behavior.

We created and continue to refine a distinctive interdisciplinary and integrated educational approach combining the critical elements of aging studies, management, and public policy. This unique model includes an active learning environment based in practice in addition to theory. Collaborators with ESAS have the opportunity to extend their interdisciplinary efforts further through partnerships with other units within UMBC including the Hilltop Institute, School of Public Policy and the PhD in Gerontology. Our curriculum includes all aspects of aging services, with particular emphasis on expanding opportunities for individuals in the longevity economy. Students, both full and part-time, can earn a B.A., M.A. and Accelerated B.A. /M.A. and a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in the Management of Aging Services.

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Silver Sponsor & Living With Dementia Sponsor

Riverside Health Systems

Riverside Center for Excellence in Aging and Lifelong Health

Known as the Riverside Center for Excellence in Aging and Lifelong Health, CEALH continues its nonprofit work to fulfill its mission to improve the quality of life for older adults by integrating academic, clinical and health services research with the capabilities of local service providers to develop and implement innovative community-based and healthcare system initiatives that can be replicated and sustained by Riverside Health System.

CEALH places special focus on applied research for operationally sustainable programming to meet the needs of the most vulnerable members of our community, a critical element of population health management. The organization's vision is to lead the development of model communities that will promote the well-being and independence of older adults through translational research and widespread application. CEALH continues to focus on identifying areas of need within the populations they serve, developing pilot programs and working with the health system and community partners to implement the pilots on a broad scale. CEALH's ability to bring community partners together with the common goal of improving healthcare for older adults is critical as the baby-boom age wave continues to grow and accompanying public policy is put in place to improve the nation's approach to healthcare.

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Bronze Sponsors

Florida PACE Providers Association

Florida PACE Providers Association

The Florida PACE Providers Association (FPPA) is a 501-C6 organization with the purpose of uniting all PACE providers in Florida towards fulfilling the mutual goal of advancing and growing the PACE model of care in Florida. Please reach out to us if you or your organization would like to learn more about starting a PACE program in your community.

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Appalachian State University

The Graduate Certificate in Sociology is designed to provide a solid post-baccalaureate foundation in Sociology. The six-course curriculum provides graduate-level training for those students who have a Master’s degree in another field but may plan on teaching some of the most common sociology courses offered at the undergraduate level (e.g., Introduction to Sociology, Social Problems, Sociology of the Family, and Social Inequality). It also provides training in Sociological Theory and Research Methods, which will not only aid in teaching but also provide foundational knowledge for further graduate study in sociology. Overall, the 18 credit hours earned will typically qualify students who also hold a master's degree in another field of study to teach sociology courses at most colleges and universities nationwide.

The Aging, Health, and Society Program in the Department of Sociology prepares students for careers requiring graduate-level knowledge and skills in areas relating to aging populations and their health, as well as training towards pursuing advanced degrees. Emphasis is placed on knowledge about sociological and related processes of normal aging; social factors that influence health outcomes; theory, research, and professional career preparation; and public policies pertaining to older populations and the delivery of health care. The program also is approved by the NC Division of Health Service Regulation to offer the Administrator-in-Training Program.

The Master of Health Administration online program at Appalachian State University connects busy professionals with the knowledge and skills to lead health care organizations - without having to relocate. This degree embodies Appalachian’s mission by preparing students to lead purposeful lives as engaged health care executives who are eager to acquire and create knowledge, promote a spirit of inclusion, communicate effectively and think critically. As a graduate, you will be prepared to advance your management career in a variety of health care organizations, including, but not limited to, hospitals, long-term care, urgent care, research facilities, mental health, bio-tech organizations and medical health equipment companies. In addition to a strong core curriculum in general health administration, students have two possible areas of focus: health care leadership and health information systems.

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Mom’s Meals

Mom’s Meals

At Mom’s Meals, we believe better health should be accessible to all, and it begins with the very meals we eat. We started Mom’s Meals®, A PurFoods® Company, to help people—like us—who care for loved ones and want to make sure they have access to high-quality, nutritious meals. Barb Anderson—the Mom of “Mom’s Meals”—needed a way to ensure her own mother was able to eat regular, nutritious meals. Our kitchens grew from a small room in Nevada, IA to today’s innovative operations that can deliver meals to any address in all 50 states.

We are committed to using nutrition to improve health, lower the total cost of care, manage chronic conditions, and allow individuals to remain independent—whether they want to age in place or just need a few weeks of support following a hospital stay. Our meals are designed by chefs and dietitians, with a combined focus on taste and nutritional guidelines. Clients consistently tell us they prefer the taste of our refrigerated meals to those of other home meal providers and appreciate that they get to choose every meal, every delivery.

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2022 Award Winners


  • Ronald Aday (Won in 2022 but will be recognized at the 2023 Annual Meeting & Conference)

Gordon Streib Distinguished Academic Gerontologist Award

  • Tracey Gendron

Victor Marshall Fellowship

  • Fayron Epps, PhD
  • Lee Ann Ferguson
  • LaVona Traywick, PhD
  • Libby Yost, PhD

Best Practices Award

  • Creating Interprofessional Readiness for Complex and Aging Adults (CIRCAA) at Virginia Center on Aging at VCU

Rhoda Jennings Distinguished Older Advocate Award

  • Brian LeBlanc

Media Award

  • Deskercise Live - Arkansas Colleges of Health Education
    LaVona Traywick, Susan Devero, Allison Kyrouac

Student Paper Award

  • 1st Place - Kallol Kumar Bhattacharyya, University of South Florida, Paper Title: “Creating Age-Friendly Nursing Homes: The Time is Now”
    2nd Place - Donnette Narine, MA, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Paper Title: “Volunteering, Educational Attainment, and Literacy Skills among Middle-Aged and Older Adults by Racial/Ethnic Groups in the U.S.”
    3rd Place - Annah Steadman, University of North Alabama, Paper Title: “Volunteering, Educational Attainment, and Literacy Skills among Middle-Aged and Older Adults by Racial/Ethnic Groups in the U.S.”

Student Poster Award

  • 1st Place - Isabel Soto – University of North Texas Health Science Center, Poster Title: “Exercise is a Protective Factor for Motor and Cognitive Function in Early-Stage Parkinson’s Disease”
    2nd Place - Alexa Allan - Pennsylvania State University, Poster Title: “Area Deprivation Index Effects on Objective and Subjective Reports of Physical Health”
    3rd Place - Deanna Dragan: University of Alabama, Poster Title: “Engaging and Supporting Community Hospice Providers in Managing Mental Health Needs of Vets at End of life.”

Student Travel Award

  • Isabelle Soto | Shalini Sahoo