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New Member and First-Timer Orientation 

Wednesday, November 13 | 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. | No Fee (Separate Registration Required)

New GSA members and first-time meeting attendees are invited to an informational session with GSA officers and staff. GSA leadership will be on hand to discuss how to navigate your first GSA meeting, find various networking opportunities, and become involved in the Society.

President's Welcome Reception and Exhibit Hall Opening 

Wednesday, November 13 | 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Meet your colleagues and help kick off the GSA 2019 Annual Scientific Meeting with a stroll through GSA's Exhibit Hall and a visit to the first poster session of the meeting. Posters will be on display from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and presenters will be at their boards from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Hors d'oeuvres and cash bars will be available. Supported by Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc.

Educational Site Visit: Late-Life Creativity at the Blanton Museum of Art

Thursday, November 14 | noon to 3:00 p.m. | Fee: $50 (Separate Registration Required)

An exploration of the possibilities of illuminating late-life creativity and the longevity dividend through an interactive tour and discussion of the Blanton Museum of Art with expert curators and art educators: a particular focus will be Ellsworth Kelly's Austin, an installation conceived in his seventh decade but planned in his tenth decade. Fee includes entrance to the museum and transportation from the Convention Center.

Workshop—Making Change: Building Leadership and Impact Through Effective Communications 

Thursday, November 14 | 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. | Fee: $25 (Separate Registration Required)

Speakers: John Beilenson, SCP; Christine Gherst, SCP

This workshop will equip you with the communications skills you need to make a meaningful difference at your institution, in your community, and in the health and social services systems where you work. Become a high-impact academic leader—hear from experts as they share their pragmatic approach to for translating research into dynamic communications to effect practice and policy change.

GSA Fellows and International Reception 

Thursday, November 14 | 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. | Invitation Only

This reception is held annually to honor current and new GSA fellows, as well as international attendees of the Society. Fellows and international attendees only.

Living in Dog Years: The Science of How Dogs Age and the Implications for Human Aging

Thursday, November 14 | 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Speakers: Matt Kaeberlein, Dog Aging Project, University of Washington; Kate E. Creevy,  Cheif Veterinary Officer, Dog Aging Project, Texas A&M University
Age is the greatest risk factor for many chronic conditions, such as obesity, arthritis, dementia, diabetes, and many cancers. This is true in people and also in our canine companions, who age about seven times more rapidly than humans. The goal of the citizen science program, The Dog Aging Project, is to understand how genes, lifestyle, and environment influence biological aging in companion dogs. The project is conducting the first large-scale longitudinal study of canine aging in more than 10,000 dogs along with double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trials to evaluate the efficacy of rapamycin to slow aging in dogs. The results of this Project will facilitate efforts to increase health span, the period of life spent free from disease, in companion animals and their people. At this session, attendees will learn about how the citizen science program was conceived and is being implemented, and how the results apply and may be translated to humans.

AGHE Evening Event 

Thursday, November 14 | 8:00 to 11:00 p.m. | Fee: $30 (Separate Registration Required)

Experience Austin, Texas, at Scholz Garden! All GSA attendees are invited to join the annual AGHE get-together. Expect BBQ sliders and snacks, a great selection of local brew and spirits, and Texas music at an old-school Austin institution. Elevate your GSA by getting yourself and friends on over to Scholz. A single Texas brew is included with each ticket purchase.

Academy for Gerontology in Higher Education Breakfast and Awards Presentation

Friday, November 15 | 7:00 to 8:00 a.m. Fee: $25 (Separate Registration Required for Breakfast)

Join your colleagues at the AGHE business meeting to celebrate award recipients and newest fellows. This event also offers a great opportunity to discover how to get involved in AGHE activities. The fee includes breakfast; however, limited general seating is available for those who want to listen and not purchase a meal.

Mentoring Consultancies for Emerging Scholars 

Friday, November 15 | 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. | No fee but separate registration required.

The mentoring consultancies bring students and junior faculty members together with senior faculty, experienced researchers, and GSA leaders to focus on methodological challenges in publication and research, share experiences, and develop problem-solving strategies that will enhance professional and career development. The consultancy is a highly structured process that provides each participant with an opportunity to both give and receive feedback on a particular issue related to publishing or research methodologies. Each person has a chance to speak and to listen; this unique and successful format reinforces the idea that when people face a challenge together, the answer is already in the room.

Supported by The Mentoring Effect.

Gerontologists Giving Back Service Event With AGE of Central Texas 

Friday, November 15 | 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. | No Fee (Separate Registration Required)

Be a part of the 2019 Gerontologists Giving Back Service Event on Friday, November 15, working with AGE of Central Texas’s Austin adult day center. AGE of Central Texas’s adult day health care centers are a unique resource in greater Austin. With more than 50 years of combined experience among the full-time nursing and professional staff, specializing in care of people with Alzheimer’s and memory loss, AGE provides respite to caregivers and socialization to older adults. AGE of Central Texas has invited us to its Austin adult day health center, where we’ll work alongside staff to engage members in cognitively and physically stimulating activities.

GSA volunteers will have the option of a morning or an afternoon shift. After the conference program is released, we will be in touch with registrants to sort out shift preferencess. Registration is limited to 20 volunteers, so sign up now! 

If you are not able to volunteer, consider becoming a Dependable Partner through a $25 donation. Your donation will cover the cost of incontinence suppliesthe most-needed item among members of AGE’s adult day health care center.

Section Business Meeting and Award Presentation 

Friday, November 15 | noon to 1:30 p.m. | Fee: $25 (Separate Registration Required for Lunch)

Join your colleagues at your section business meeting to celebrate award recipients and our newest fellows. This is also a great opportunity to discover how to get involved in your section’s activities. The fee includes lunch; however, limited general seating is available for those who want to listen and not purchase a meal. The fee includes lunch; however, limited general seating is available for those who want to listen and not purchase a meal.

Workshop—Reframing Aging: America Needs an Aging Attitude Adjustment 

Friday, November 15 | 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. | Fee: $25 (Separate Registration Required)

What is this reframing aging initiative all about? In this session, you will learn why we propose to tackle ageism by reframing aging. Using tools and narratives that have been shown to move the needle on negative attitudes about aging, reframing aging is both a communications strategy and a new way of thinking about your own aging journey.

Humanities and Arts Interactive Session and Open Meeting

Friday, November 15 | 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.| Fee: $10 (Separate Registration Required)

Music performance and aging has a special resonance in Austin, a world-renowned center for music of all genres. In addition to the longevity of many performing lives and added value of experience and the longevity dividend, there is a long tradition of support for musicians with issues related to aging, such as the retirement homes founded by the composers Rossini and Verdi in Paris and Milan. In conjunction with HOME, Housing Opportunities for Musicians and Entertainers, a non-profit group made up of musicians and music business professionals dedicated to helping aging musicians in the Austin area pay their housing expenses, the Humanities and Arts Committee will present a platform discussion and performance with musicians and activists to explore the realities, challenges and dividends of aging and performance.

GSA Fun Walk and Run 

Saturday, November 16 | 7:00 to 8:00 a.m. | | Fee: $25 (Separate Registration Required)

Gather in the JW Marriott Hotel Lobby at 6:45 a.m. Runners, joggers, and walkers are invited to participate in a fun-filled morning experiencing the views of the Colorado River. Everyone is a winner in this race . . . and no timing will be done. Come out simply for the health benefit and for fun. All proceeds from this event will go to The Doris Schwartz Gerontological Nursing Research Award.

Minority Issues in Gerontology Committee Concept Coffee 

Saturday, November 16 | 8:00 to 9:30 a.m.

Please join the Committee on Minority Issues in Gerontology for our annual concept coffee. 

GSA Business Meeting and Installation of 2020 GSA President 

Saturday, November 16 | 10:00 to 10:30 a.m.

Join your fellow GSA members for the annual business meeting of the Society. And congratulate S. Michal Jazwinski for his successful year as GSA President and welcome our new GSA President, Kathy Hyer.

The Bo Diddley Evening Event—Great Blues by Great Older Performers 

Saturday, November 16 | 8:00 p.m.

Details on the musical performance and location at a local club will be available at GSA. Group cabs and transportation from the hotel lobby will be arranged. Check posters and GSA conference calendar for additional details.

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