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

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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

Register HERE

7th International Conference on Aging and Spirituality

DATE: June 4 - 7, 2017
LOCATION: Concordia University, Chicago

The 7th International Conference continues a series of international conferences which began in Canberra in 2000.  All have explored aspects of Ageing and Spirituality, and until the 2015 Conference, all were held in countries of the British Commonwealth: Australia, New Zealand, England and Scotland.  The 6th International Conference was held in Los Angeles, California and was the first to take place in the United States. With the theme of "Paradox and Promise in the Pilgrimage of Aging," the goal of the conference continued the tradition of including voices from many parts of the world, voices from the domains of the academic and the aging services, voices from various faith traditions and voices representing the "spiritual, but not religious."

The International Conferences attract both those with academic interests and expertise in this discipline from around the world, as well as those with more practical experience through involvement in the aging services industry, religious organizations and congregations, or as informal care partners. The Conferences include a mixture of keynote speakers, workshops and papers of interest to those coming from a faith based approach and to those approaching spirituality from a secular viewpoint.

The 7th International Conference remains in the United States, traveling over 2000 miles east from Hollywood and Olvera Street to an academic setting in the American Midwest: the historic campus of Concordia University, Chicago and its Center for Gerontology, which offers a Certificate Program in Gerontology as well as a Masters in Gerontology and a Ed.D and a Ph.D in Leadership and Gerontology. The conference theme is "Transition and Transcendence: Transforming Aging through Spirituality." Together we will explore navigating the transitions of aging, how transcendence is experienced in times of change, and how the experience of aging and our understanding of it can be transformed. We hope you will join us! 

Click HERE for more information and to register.

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

Register HERE

Southeast Review and Update on Medical Care of Older Adults

DATE: July 7-9, 2017  

The Lodge and Spa at Callaway Gardens
Pine Mountain, GA


The care of older adults requires a different approach and skill set for identifying and treating common geriatric problems. This course is designed to equip medical providers and other members of the multi-disciplinary health care team with basic and cutting edge knowledge for optimizing the delivery of services to the expanding older adult population.

This course is designed for physicians, within the specialties of Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Hospital Medicine, and Emergency Medicine. In addition pharmacists, nurses, physician assistants, physical therapists, and other healthcare professionals who care for older adults will benefit from this course.

Click HERE for the full program brochure.  Click here to register online.

2017 GGS Annual Conference

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

The theme for the 2017 GGS Annual Conference is “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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