Pre-Conference Workshops

Pre-Conference Tour

Wednesday, February 28

9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Separate registration is required. Fee: $20
A half-day tour has been specially organized for conference attendees. Participants will learn about the Atlanta area and local aging services and programs by visiting organizations. The tour will begin with a visit to the David J. Spencer CDC Museum. This museum, unique to Atlanta, is a Smithsonian Affiliate.  Its mission is to educate visitors about the “prevention–based public health, while collecting, preserving, and presenting CDC’s rich heritage and vast accomplishments.” The group will then tour Wesley Woods Towers, an independent living community with a licensed personal care wing.  After lunch at Wesley Woods Tower, the group will have an opportunity to visit North DeKalb Senior Center, a brand new state of the art facility that serves a diverse community of metro-area seniors.

Pre-Conference Workshops

Thursday, March 1

Register for an instructional pre-conference workshop, offering specialized training around focused areas. Separate registration is required (non-refundable and non-transferable).

Pre-Conference Workshop and Teaching Institute Pricing

AGHE or GSA Member $60
Non-Member $120


Age-Friendly Design: Competencies for Collaboration
8:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Presented by:

  • Alan DeLaTorre, Portland State University
  • Margaret Perkinson, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa
  • Mark Sweatman, Georgia Gwinnet College/Shepherd Center
  • Melissa Cannon, Western Oregon University

This workshop is intended for those interested in learning about age-friendly design, design terminology, and age-friendly design curriculum that could be offered in higher education and/or professional settings. Gerontologist, other professionals, community members, or students without a design background may benefit from attending the workshop. The workshop will also engage a range of Atlanta-based stakeholders in a design-oriented, service-learning project intended to improve the age friendliness of the Atlanta BeltLine, a broad sustainable redevelopment project that will connect Atlanta neighborhoods via a 22-mile loop of multi-use trails, a modern streetcar, and parks.

Practical and Technical Assistance for the Program of Merit Application Process
8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Separate registration is required. Fee: $0

Presented by:
• Marilyn Gugliucci, University of New England
• Shannon Mathews, Winston-Salem State University
Donna Weinreich, Western Michigan University

The POM designation provides gerontology programs and those health disciplines that include geriatrics/gerontology content in the curriculum with an AGHE “stamp of approval” which can be used to verify program quality to administrators, to lobby for additional resources, to maintain a quality program, to market the program, and to recruit prospective students into the program. This session will begin with the “Why,” “What” and “How” of applying for Program of Merit and then provide time for small group consultation regarding the Program of Merit application. Group one will be focused on gerontology education programs and Group two will be focused on health professions and medical education programs. Preparation of the self-study document will be detailed by the experienced panel members followed by the review process and timelines required for the completed application process prior to, during and after submission.

8th Annual Teaching Institute: Intergenerational Experiential Learning in the Classroom and Online:  Successful Models from Simple to Complex
8:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Presented by:

  • Laura Donorfio, Teaching Institute Chair, University of Connecticut
  • Carrie Andreoletti, Central Connecticut State University
  • Elizabeth Bergman, Ithaca College
  • Cory Bolkan, Washington State University Vancouver
  • Lisa Borrero, University of Indianapolis
  • Kimberly Farah, Lasell College
  • Roma Hanks, University of South Alabama
  • Lyn Holley, University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO)
  • Margaret Manoogian, Western Oregon University
  • Joann Montepare, Lasell College

This year’s Teaching Institute takes you on a journey from thinking about the possibility of incorporating intergenerational experiential learning into one of your courses all the way through to successful implementation. With over 80% of high schools and 30% of all higher education institutions participating in experiential learning (service-learning, community service, civic engagement, etc.), research points to the many positive effects for students, institutions, and communities. A panel of ten faculty members will cover various intergenerational experiential strategies, ranging from a onetime event to a multi-semester project. Definitions, common myths, logistical steps, and strategies to successfully implement experiential learning will be discussed, as well as how to get university, community, and student buy-in. Come ready to share the type of intergenerational model that you use and discover where your model falls on the continuum. As with previous Teaching Institutes, a “train the trainers” model will be used and tools and resources will be provided. Hands on activities and in-depth discussions will ensure participants feel comfortable with adding an experiential learning component to their existing courses.

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