SGS Call For Abstracts

Call For Abstracts

Online Submissions - General Info & Tips

Call For Abstracts Is Now Open

Abstract Submissions Will Close December 15, 2017

A wide variety of topics will be considered, including presentations reporting innovative research, research/practice collaborations, model programs for the future, and public policy discussions. Students are highly encouraged to submit abstracts for consideration. Correspondence of the proposed presentation to the preferred conference track(s) should be indicated when submitting an abstract for consideration.


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A link to the SGS/GGS Mira Smart abstract submission site can be found below.

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Abstract Examples

We have provided Abstract Examples for Paper/Poster and Mini-Workshop presentations.

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General Guidelines:

  • Presenters do not need to be a member of either SGS or GGS to submit an abstract or to present at the conference.
  • All presenters must register for the conference and pay the registration fees. There will be a discounted presenter rate (limited to one presenter per accepted presentation).
  • The first author will need to create a user account through the SGS/GGS Mira Smart website. This new account is not connected to your SGS Membership account.
  • It is highly suggested that the first author (or lead presenter) prepare and submit the abstract information.
  • Presenters are welcome to submit multiple abstracts. To add additional abstracts, simply log in to the SGS/GGS Mira Smart website and "Add (+) a new abstract" for each new abstract.
  • You will be able to save partially submitted information and return to your work later.
  • Abstracts should follow APA formatting guidelines.

Information you will need to complete your submission:

  • First author information
  • Additional authors/presenters information
  • Presenter's credentials and brief biography
  • Abstract title
  • The abstract (submissions are limited to a 250 word maximum)
  • Session type preference (See session types below)
  • Session track preference (See session tracks below)
  • Learning outcomes for the presentation

The program committee will provide notification of acceptance status to all presenters no later than January 19, 2018.


If you have gathered the information listed above and are ready to submit your abstract please click or tap on the "Submit Abstract" button. You will be directed to the SGS/GGS Mira Smart website.

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Conference Tracks & Session Formats

Theme: Moving Forward Together: Linking Research, Policy, Practice

The 2018 Program Committee welcomes a diverse compilation of abstracts from academic and applied professionals, and students. Authors are encouraged to submit their work for consideration by the committee, even if they do not see their specific topic or project represented in one of the tracks below as tracks are written with the intention of being highly inclusive, not exclusive. Sessions that describe, theorize and/or integrate ideas related to care partnerships are welcome. Sessions that integrate two or more perspectives: research and evidence, policy and advocacy, community and programming and/or consumer voices will be prioritized.


Track 1: Partnerships for Care

The need for care is universal. Over a lifetime, everyone will need care and most will provide it to others. While the work of care falls disproportionately to women and vulnerable minority and immigrant groups in the U.S., wide ranging partnerships are needed to enable a growing number of older adults live well into older ages. Sessions that describe, theorize and/or integrate ideas related to care partnerships are welcome. Sessions that integrate two or more perspectives: research and evidence, policy and advocacy, community and programming and/or consumer voices will be prioritized.

Track 2: Living with Dementia

As the numbers of people experiencing dementia increases, it is increasingly necessary to address the stigma, social isolation and lack of resources available for people living with dementia. Further, it is important to push beyond the medical aspects and empower people living with dementia and their care partners to live more fully. Sessions that integrate two or more perspectives: research and evidence, policy and advocacy, community and programming and/or consumer voices will be prioritized.

Track 3: Power of Place: Aging in the South

As regional and state-based organizations focused on aging and older adults, we need to consider the influence of place, specifically region and the legacy of history and social institutions on older adults in our communities. Submissions that discuss the social history, diverse culture(s) or identity of the region with particular attention to the meaning of place (including housing and transportation) are welcomed. Sessions that integrate two or more perspectives: research and evidence, policy and advocacy, community and programming and/or consumer voices will be prioritized.

Track 4: Advocacy For and By Older Adults

Organizations like Georgia Gerontology Society and the Southern Gerontology Society play an important role in creating evidence, developing policy agendas and advocating for and with older adults. States and communities also have roles to play around advocacy. Submissions that discuss policy and advocacy agendas, state aging plans or grassroots efforts are welcomed. Sessions that integrate two or more perspectives: research and evidence, policy and advocacy, community and programming and/or consumer voices will be prioritized.

Track 5: Wellness, Well-Being and Quality of Life

America's persistent attention on disease-focused treatments often misses key aspects of quality of life that include physical, mental and spiritual health, meaningful activity, prevention, social engagement, happiness and enjoyment/pleasure. Submissions that address research, best practices, policy agendas/commentaries and local examples of community programming are welcomed. Sessions that integrate two or more perspectives: research and evidence, policy and advocacy, community and programming and/or consumer voices will be prioritized.

Track 6: Diversity and Aging

Inequality across many social cleavages (e.g. race, ethnicity, class, sex, sexuality, immigrant status) and the intersection of these differences have implications for older adults in almost all facets of their lives. As the U.S. grapples with an aging society, individuals and their communities are faced with unequal and scarce resources in older ages. Submissions that address research, best practices, policy agendas/commentaries and local examples of community resilience are welcomed. Sessions that integrate two or more perspectives: research and evidence, policy and advocacy, community and programming and/or consumer voices will be prioritized.

Track 7: Georgia Showcase

The Georgia aging network, advocates and policymakers have made great strides in recent years in the development of state plans, working groups, programs and services to serve older Georgians. This track highlights the best of these for dissemination throughout Georgia and into neighboring regions with similar persistent problems. Sessions that integrate two or more perspectives: research and evidence, policy and advocacy, community and programming and/or consumer voices will be prioritized.

Track 8: Technology and Aging

Technology has changed the way we live and will certainly continue to influence the way we age. This track offers insight into not only the new tech products and services created by innovative people to meet challenges associated with aging but also to reflect on the balance needed between human touch and relationships and increased efficiency and convenience created by technological advancements. Sessions that integrate two or more perspectives: research and evidence, policy and advocacy, community and programming and/or consumer voices will be prioritized.


Session Formats

The 2018 SGS/GGS Joint Conference 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.

Poster:

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. A description of methods or approaches employed.
  3. A summary of results or findings
  4. A 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.

Paper:

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. A description of methods or approaches employed.
  3. A summary of results or findings
  4. A 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.

Symposium:

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.

Workshop:

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.