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fenwayagingEducational Site Visit: Fenway LGBT Aging Project
Wednesday, November 14 • 11 am to 2 pm • Fee: $55 Separate Registration Required
Fenway Health, the Fenway Institute, and the LGBT Aging Project are leaders in LGBT healthcare, research, education, training, policy and programming for LGBT older adults. Join us to lear about LGBT healthcare, HIV & Aging, Massachusetts' LGBT Aging Commission, and programs for LGBT older adults and caregivers.
Space is limited.

New Member and First Timer’s Orientation
Wednesday, November 14  4:30 to 6 pm • No fee but separate registration is 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.

openingreceptionPresident’s Welcome Reception and Exhibit Hall Opening
Wednesday, November 14  •  6 to 8 pm
Meet your colleagues and help kick off the GSA 2018 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 pm to 8:00 pm and presenters will be at their boards from 6 to 7 pm. Hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar will be available.

Educational Site Visit: Innovating to Improve Complex Care - Senior Care Options (SCO) Program/Commonwealth Care Alliance (CCA)
Thursday, November 15 • 11 am to 2 pm • Fee: $55 Separate Registration Required
CCA is a not-for-profit, community-based healthcare organization dedicated to improving care for individuals with complex medical, behavioral health and social needs. Our unique inter-professional teams provide and coordinate a full spectrum of health services to address our members needs and minimize gaps in care. During this visit you will meet members of our team and learn more about our model of care.
Space is limited.

Gerontologists Giving Back: Friendship and Flowers
Thursday, November 15 • 1 to 3:30 pm • No fee but separate registration is required
Join the Gerontologists Giving Back annual service event and be part of the Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly Friendship & Flowers program, delivering flowers to residents of a long-term care facility on Thursday, November 15th, from 1:00 to 3:30pm (inclusive of travel time).

Participants will meet at the conference headquarters (Boston Marriott Copley Place) and travel together by public transit to Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly in Jamaica Plain, MA

Gerontologists Giving Back Toiletry Drive
One in 10 Massachusetts residents is living in poverty.  Women and children are the fastest growing population experiencing homelessness.  Adults aged 50 to 64 are at particular risk, because they are not yet old enough to qualify for safety net programs such as subsidized housing and Medicare. Bring in unused toiletries (including travel size), such as soap, shampoo, and toothpaste, and drop them in the donation bin by the registration area (at the Convention Center). All items collected will be donated to Rosie’s Place. Rosie’s Place provides a safe and nurturing environment that helps poor and homeless women between the ages of 18 and 80 through wide-ranging support, housing and education services

fellowsinternationalGSA Fellows and International Reception
Thursday, November 15  •  7 to 9 pm  •  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.

Minority Issues in Gerontology Award Presentation and Reception
Thursday, November 15  •  7:30 to 9 pm
The Minority Issues in Gerontology Committee Outstanding Mentorship Award recognizes individuals who have exemplified outstanding commitment and dedication to mentoring minority researchers in the field of aging. Join us at a reception to honor the 2018 recipient.

Humanities and the Arts Committee Event: Swansongs with John Zeisel and the Longwood Symphony Orchestra
Thursday, November 15 • 8 to 10 pm • Fee $25 Separate registration required
Swansongs is a live program of musical performance and reflections on caregiving and living with Alzheimer’s disease, a key age-related syndrome. Developed by John Zeisel, an architect and specialist in Alzheimer’s care, and the late Paul Robertson, founder and principal violinist of the Medici Quartet, the program navigates the journey of a family living with a loved one who has dementia. Swansongs addresses the deep emotional challenges of dementia caregiving, expressed through musical metaphors. The music exemplifies various aspects of the joys and challenges of dementia care from the perspective of the patient, family, and community as illuminated by Dr. Zeisel whose experience in Alzheimer’s care spans over 30 years. Members of the Longwood Symphony Orchestra, the orchestra of Boston's medical community, will perform. This performance replaces the usual Humanities and Arts Committee Film in order to showcase local non-profit partners in the ongoing work of humanizing care for people with dementia.

Mentoring Consultancies for Emerging Scholars
Friday, November 16  •  8  to 9:30 am  •  No fee but separate pre-registration required
In partnership with the Mentoring Committee, the mentoring consultancies bring students and junior faculty members together with senior faculty, experienced researchers, and GSA leaders to discuss a variety of topics. Each table will have an assigned mentor to discuss and share experiences about job searching, publishing, finding and applying for funding, navigating the tenure and promotion process, and achieving success as a mentee or mentor. The consultancy provides each participant the opportunity to move from table to table to develop problem-solving strategies and enhance professional and career development. This roundtable format reinforces the idea that when people face a challenge together, the answer is already in the room.

memorysupportprogramEducational Site Visit: Memory Support Program With Middle School Student Volunteers
Friday, November 16 • 10 am to 1 pm • Fee: $55 Separate Registration Required
Hebrew SeniorLife's CCRC in Dedham, MA, NewBridge on the Charles, is a share-site with a K-8 Jewish Day School. Join us to see the Making Memories program in action -- 8th grade student trained to engage with Alzheimer's and dementia patiens in Assisted Living and long-term chronic care.
Space is limited.

Section Business Meetings and Award Presentations
Friday, November 16  •  11:30 am to 1 pm  •  Fee: $25 Separate Registration Required for Lunch
Join your colleagues at the section business meeting to celebrate award recipients. This is a great opportunity to discover how to get involved in your section’s activities. The fee includes lunch; however, there is limited general seating for those who want to listen and not purchase a meal.

Humanities and Arts Committee Open Meeting and Reception
Friday, November 16  •  6:30 to 8 pm  •  Fee: $10  •  Separate registration required
The Humanities and Arts Committee invites you to join them at their annual meeting and networking reception. Gather with your colleagues to celebrate the accomplishments of the committee and learn more about how to get involved in GSA’s Humanities and Arts activities.

funrunGSA Fun Walk and Run
Saturday, November 17  •  6 to 7 am  •  Fee: $25  •  Separate registration required
Gather in the Sheraton Hotel Lobby at 5:45 am Runners, joggers, and walkers of all skill levels are invited to participate in a fun-filled morning experiencing the historic Back Bay neighborhood and views of the Charles 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 17  •  8 to 9:30 am
Join the Minority Issues in Gerontology Committee for our annual concept coffee.

The ‘Bo Diddley’ Track - Great Blues by Great Older Performers
Saturday, November 17  •  8 pm •  No fee but separate registration is required
The GSA “Bo Diddley” Track celebration of "The Blues and Older Minority Musicians: More Than Just Music" afternoon lecture and evening of outstanding performers of the blues has been a perennial social highlight of GSA since 1993. This year GSA invites you to join with your colleagues and local notable musicians for a rousing story of challenge, resilience, and some great music worthy of the true spirit of GSA and these great blues performers to survive, thrive, and grow as they age. Enjoy the lecture/mini-performance at GSA annual meeting hotel, and special musical event at an outstanding local music venue later in the evening. Details on the musical performance and location at a local club will be available at GSA. Group cabs/transportation from the hotel lobby will be arranged. Check posters and GSA conference calendar for additional details.


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