SGS Annual Meeting

2018 SGS/GGS Joint Conference

SGS Annual Meeting

Moving Forward Together:

Linking Research, Policy, Practice

39th Annual SGS Meeting

Legacy Lodge and Conference Center
7000 Lanier Islands Parkway
Buford, GA 30518

April 11 through April 14, 2018


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2018 Conference Registration Now Open

2018 Conference early registration is now open. Click or tap on the Learn More button to get all the necessary information regarding conference registration.


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An Invitation

The Southern Gerontological Society (SGS) and the Georgia Gerontology Society (GGS) invite you to attend and participate in the 2018 Joint Conference.

April 11th - 14th, 2018
This exceptional meeting will be held at the beautiful lakeside Legacy Lodge Resort and Conference Center in Lanier Islands in Buford, Georgia.

As presidents of the Southern Gerontological Society and the Georgia Gerontology Society, we, Jennifer Craft Morgan and Jennifer Beamer, would like to extend an invitation to you to attend and contribute to our joint meeting to be held April 11th -14th at the beautiful Lanier Islands.

This beautiful resort setting offers all sorts of fun and family friendly activities.

We encourage you to bring your family members and extend your stay before or after the conference to get the most out of the location (and the low room rates)!

This year we are doing quite a few innovative things in bringing together the two organizations for a joint conference.

  • We are using the theme to drive session creation in ways that ensure that researchers, practitioners, policy advocates and older adult consumers create linkages in terms of networks, sharing ideas and moving forward the agenda to contribute to older adult quality of life and reduce inequalities.
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Jennifer Craft Morgan


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Jennifer Beamer


  • We are organizing the conference into eight tracks. You will notice there is a bit of overlap between the themes. This is done purposefully so that those who normally remain in silos have the opportunity to hear a multitude of perspectives on any given issue. We will have a feature symposium in each of the eight tracks that will be chosen and developed by the respective track chairs.
  • We are implementing some new ways of integrating both wellbeing and older adults themselves into our conference. There will be a room set aside for mini-workshops (e.g. LaughActive, Meditation, Yoga, Caregiver Resources) that will be appropriate for older adults who are not professional gerontologists and conference attendees who want a break during sessions. So, if you'd like to bring a parent, friend, neighbor or grandparent along to the conference who are 60 or older, this could be a great option for you.
  • We will be promoting networking between the organizations in more formal ways with a joint awards luncheon, an older adult luncheon, and a networking lounge with the poster sessions. We are hoping to build lasting linkages between the two societies so that each can benefit from the strengths of the other and reengage when meetings are geographically closer to either group of attendees.

We hope you will join us and share your important work at the Lake Lanier meeting.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Craft Morgan and Jennifer Beamer


Special Conference Events

Don't Miss Out

The 2018 Annual Conference will offer a variety of conference events of interest to all attendees.

CEUs and CMEs for Social Work, Nursing, and other specialties will be available throughout the conference.

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Lake Lanier Canopy Tours
Wednesday, April 11 | 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Organized activities at Legacy Lodge will include opportunities for attendees to experience the lovely outdoor setting (weather permitting). Come zip line, ride a horse, or enjoy a nature walk.


Dr. Tamara Baker

2018 Barbara Pittard Payne Lectureship in Gerontology
Sponsored by Georgia State University

Guest Speaker: Dr. Tamara Baker
Title: If we are all created equally, then why am I treated differently? Conceptualizing diversity, disparities, and health determinants collectively.
Date: Wednesday, April 11 | Reception: 6:00-7:00 pm | Lecture: 7:00-8:00 pm
Location: Legacy Lodge and Conference Center, Lake Lanier, Buford, Georiga at the Peachtree Point Pavilion

The Barbara Pittard Payne Lectureship was established in 1990 in honor of Dr. Barbara Payne-Stancil, founding director of the Gerontology Center (now the Gerontology Institute) at Georgia State University. The lectureship is a tribute to Dr. Payne-Stancil's distinguished career and contributions to the field of Gerontology.

This event is included in the full conference registration and no additional ticketing is necessary. However, as this event is free to the public, those who are not attending the full conference are asked to RSVP.

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SGS 2018

Georgia State Spotlight Session
Thursday, April 12 | 7:30 am
Start the day with breakfast and Georgia's many aging services and accomplishments. This is a great session to explore ways in which other states may be able to adapt new methods to achieve similar successes.


SGS 2018

Movie Screening: Care
Thursday, April 12 | 4:00 pm
From the filmmaker - "Care pulls back the curtain on the poignant and largely hidden world of in-home elder care. Beautifully shot and deeply moving, the film reveals the complex nature of the work, the intimate bonds that form between care workers and elders-and the cracks in a system that is poorly serving both". The screening will be followed by a discussion and reception with the filmmaker, Deirdre Fishel.


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Awards Luncheon
Thursday, April 12 | 11:30 am
Come and help celebrate the accomplishments of both GGS and SGS awardees.


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Networking Roundtable Luncheon: Aging Done Better, Together
Friday, April 13 | 11:30 am
This lunch will partner researchers, students, older adults, and practitioners together for an enriching networking opportunity. Tables will be arranged by specific and special interests.

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Presidential Beach Party and Jam-A-Palooza
Friday, April 13 | 6:15 pm
Put your feet in the sand and kick back during this fun and entertaining evening of casual networking, music, and entertainment.


SGS 2018

LGBTQ Panel Session & Breakfast
Saturday, April 14 | 8:00 am
This session will feature experts in research, policy, and practice who will 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.


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Stay & Train Opportunities
Saturday, April 14 | 10:00 am
Option to stay and train will include focus training sessions such as:

  • Alzheimer's & Dementia Care Training
  • Elder Exploitation & Abuse
  • LaughActive Yoga
  • Disaster Management & Emergency Preparedness

Other conference events will include:

  • Ongoing wellness events throughout the conference
  • Concurrent workshops, poster and paper sessions

Conference Theme & Tracks

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

Program Track Chairs:
~ Dr. Candace Kemp, Georgia State University
~ Dr. Leisa Easom, Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving

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

Program Track Chairs:
~ Walter Coffey, Leading Age GA
~ Robert Bowles, Dementia Spotlight Foundation

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

Program Track Chairs:
~ Dr. Graham Rowles, University of Kentucky
~ Lois Ricci, Kennesaw State University

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

Program Track Chairs:
~ Marylea Boatwright Quinn, Alzheimer's Association
~ Dr. Christopher Kelly, University of Nebraska

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

Program Track Chairs:
~ Dr. Fayron Epps, Georgia State University
~ Dr. Chivon Mingo, Georgia State University

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

Program Track Chairs:
~ Dr. Ishan William, University of Virginia
~ James Moorhead, DAS

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

Program Track Chairs:
~ Jennifer Beamer, Atlanta Regional Commission
~ Amanda James, Executive Director GGS

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

Program Track Chairs:
~ Brad Fain, GTRI

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 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.

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.