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2017 GGS Annual Conference
"Preparing for Our Future: Prevention, Readiness & Wellbeing"

Date: July 24-26, 2017
Location: Chateau Elan

2017 Conference Agenda

Through this conference, we brought together various disciplines in aging. In addition to the call for presentations, we solicited scholarly work for inclusion in our poster sessions. Poster submissions from all disciplines and on diverse topics of relevance to aging were welcomed.

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Many Thanks to our Generous Sponsors!

Diamond: Eli Lilly

Gold: AARP

Silver: Mercer University, Nivek Services, Inc., Gay Construction Company, The Office of the Long Term Care Ombudsman, & ComForCare Home Care


Presentation Materials:

The Importance of Socialization “Value in Adult Day Health”
Aysha Cooper, SarahCare of Snellville
I hear often from families I meet, “I wish I would have known about adult day health when...” Most of adult day health referrals come from Geriatric Psychiatrists because they understand the value in adult day programming. I plan to discuss the importance of socialization in the elderly and how adult day health can make their life more meaningful.

From Research to Market: The Journey of Drug Development
Jeff Mader, Eli Lilly
Have you ever wondered why it takes so long for a new medication to enter the market? Jeff Mader, a Eli Lilly Medical Science Liaison with expertise in diseases of neurodegeneration and chronic pain, will explain the drug development process from research to market. Promising research in the development of new medications for Alzheimer's Disease will also be discussed.

Advocating for Action: GCOA State Senior Issues Advocacy
Vicki Johnson, Kathy Floyd & David Coffman, Georgia Council on Aging
Being an Advocate and engaging legislators is critical to maintain support for programs serving Georgia's seniors. This session will review the 2017 legislative session and CO-AGE priorities. Attendees will also learn and practice strategies for engaging legislators and new supporters. We will finish the session with a preview of the 2018 legislative session and what policy priorities will be coming.

Care Partner Role in Decreasing Fall Risks by Identifying Depression and Facilitating Treatment
Oyinkansola Akinmade, Caretherapy, LLC.
This presentation will shed light on depression in older adults and the need to pay more attention to facilitating treatment of depression as a way to decrease falls in the older adult population.


Mind Shift: Changing How You Age Starts with Changing Your Mind
Rogena Walden, Don't Act Your Age
A positive outlook on aging can enhance your well- being and add years to your life. Recognize negative beliefs about aging you've unconsciously held. Learn the impact of ageist attitudes on your health and longevity. Then develop a personalized strategy based on the mind-body connection to create a healthier, longer life.

A Vision for the Future: Expanding Exercise Enjoyment as a Pathway to Prevention, Readiness, and Wellbeing

Celeste Greene, LaughActive
We know that physical activity is one of the most effective and therapeutic interventions for preventing decline in functional health. Many adults do not get enough physical activity to reap the associated health benefits and participation typically declines as we age. Lack of exercise enjoyment is a significant barrier to physical activity participation among older adults. Can you imagine what it would look, sound, and feel like if older adults were actually eager to exercise? Imagine seeing your clients genuinely smiling while exercising; hear their joyful cheers as they clap, laugh, and play their way to better health and engagement. As organizations, are we ready to help older adults realize this vision of enjoyable exercise? In this interactive session, we will explore evidence-based techniques that get older adults moving, engaging with exercise and each other, and keep them coming back for more. We will experience how intentional laughter and play can put the fun in fitness for older adults and expand physical activity programming across multiple wellness domains. Come ready to laugh and leave feeling joyful, energized, and inspired with a new vision of physical, mental, and emotional fitness for older adults.


Award Winners:

David Levine Legislative Award: Representative Chuck Efstration, R - Dacula (District 104)

Elsie Alvis Award: Pat King, DHS Division of Aging Services

Marietta Suhart Award: Dionne Lovett, Coastal Regional Commission

John Tyler Mauldin Award: Celeste Garrett


Louis Newmark Award: Scott Courson, Southern Georgia Regional Commission

Dan Hickman Award: Thom Snyder, DHS Division of Aging Services

Change Agent Award: Kay Hind



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