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There are so many exciting gerontology events taking place in Georgia this year!

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Demonstrating Loving-Kindness in Death - How Helping Professionals Can Best Encourage Peaceful End of Life Transitions While Maintaining Boundaries

DATE: April 26, 2017
9:00 AM - 1:15 PM

Ridgeview Institute
3995 South Cobb Drive
Smyrna, GA 30080


A 3-hour CEU course for all Board-Certified Music Therapists & LMSWs

During this presentation, participants will identify the normal grief process in order to increase professional self-awareness, will demonstrate an understanding of the benefits of rituals in grief, and will learn to support a natural expression of grief through reflection. Both Music Therapists and Social Workers will have the opportunity to demonstrate an understanding of ethically utilizing the emotions of their own loss experience to both proactively and reactively support their client’s needs as well as their own.


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GGS Lunch & Learn Series - Evidence-Based Programming for Older Adults to Prevent and Manage Falls

DATE: May 9, 2017
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
LOCATION: Online Event

With one in four older adults falling each year in the United States, fall-related injury and death are growing health concerns. Evidence-based fall prevention programs are effective at decreasing falls and fall-related injuries among older adults. However, several questions remain about how to embed multiple interventions in communities and bring these programs to scale for the greatest impact. Dr. Matthew Lee Smith of the University Of Georgia Institute Of Gerontology, will highlight five evidence-based fall prevention programs. Strategies will be given to develop and embed multi-factorial approaches to initiate fall prevention systems change in Georgia.

Evidence-based programs to be discussed in the presentation include:

•  A Matter of Balance
•  Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance
•  Stepping On
•  Otago Exercise Program
•  Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths, and Injuries (STEADI) tool kit

Free to GGS Members
$10 for Non- Members

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GGS Lunch & Learn Series - Why Loneliness Is A Growing Public Health Issue And What We Can Do About It

DATE: June 13, 2017
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
LOCATION: Online Event

No one wants to be lonely. But, can loneliness actually impact health, well-being, and even mortality?  Is it something we should be worried about at a societal level?

While we talk a lot about smoking, exercise and obesity as risk factors for morbidity, health care utilization and mortality, our society doesn't recognize the risk that loneliness can pose. And yet loneliness has been connected to a number of negative health outcomes, disability, and even death. This session will highlight research by Dr. Emerson, of the University Of Georgia Institute Of Gerontology. Dr. Emerson who will explore the impact of chronic loneliness and also discuss prevention strategies at the community and national level.  Prevention program examples will include community efforts in the United States, as well as models from other countries.

Free to GGS Members
$10 for Non- Members

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2017 GGS Annual Conference

DATE: July 24-26,2017  
LOCATION: Chateau Elan
Braselton, GA

The theme for the 2016 GGS Annual Conference was “Preparing for Our Future: Prevention, Readiness & Wellbeing". Through this conference, we will bring together various disciplines in aging. In addition to the call for presentations, we are soliciting scholarly work for inclusion in our poster sessions. Poster submissions from all disciplines and on diverse topics of relevance to aging are welcomed.

Visit our Conference Page for more information.



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