Call For Proposals

Call for Proposals

The Planning Committee invites presentation/workshop proposals for the 13th Annual Art & Science of Aging Conference.

This year’s theme—Leave No Elder Behind: Overcoming Barriers to Healthy Aging—is intended to bring attention to those older adults in our communities who face social and environmental barriers to healthy aging. They may be vulnerable due to many factors: poverty, race, language, education level, physical and/or mental disabilities, unsafe neighborhoods, rural or suburban setting, inadequate or no transportation, or living alone. All of these older adults deserve the opportunity to thrive. So in this conference, we hope to offer best practices for professionals and individuals to ensure that none of these elders are left behind. We are looking for sessions that indicate tried and true approaches and alternative pathways to promoting resilience and healthy lifestyles that expands their "health-span.” Of course, we also welcome workshops on other contemporary issues and topics that relate to aging and professional practice, such as pain management, food justice, addiction, technology in the home and in health care, age-friendly and dementia friendly communities, interprofessional practice, or person-centered care.

You are invited to propose a session yourself, with a team of other professionals, or to send this request on to others who may be interested. Every presenter of the workshop should fill in the Submission Form. However, you're not required to provide the information about your presentation, if it was previously submitted by your co-presenter.  Just let us know your co-presenters names and the theme of your workshop presentation.

Each workshop is a 1-hour ‘breakout’ sessions that runs from 10:30 – 11:30; 1:00 – 2:00; or 2:15 – 3:15 on the day of the conference. As a Presenter you will be ‘registered’ free of charge for the conference, and may attend the entire conference, if so desired. You may also obtain CEU credits for your profession, if offered. The entire conference runs from 8:30 to 5:00 with opening and closing plenary sessions. You will be notified if your workshop proposal is accepted, and, if so, the time and place that your session will be offered. Most sessions are accepted, but they may need to be slightly modified to meet the CEU expectations of our four professional bodies.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Gwendolyn Graddy-Dansby, MD
Date: February 23, 2018
Location: GVSU Richard M. DeVos Center
401 Fulton St W, Grand Rapids, MI

Proposals due by NOVEMBER 3, 2017.

To apply online, please fill in the 2018 Conference SUBMISSION FORM. You can download a copy of the form to review it prior.

We encourage you to email us at with any questions. 

Please see below the list of topics, that last year's attendees who applied for a continuing education credit in Social Work were interested to discuss in future conferences:

  • Advanced care planning
  • Aging homeless
  • Aging & Medications
  • Aging Veterans needs
  • Alzheimer’s/dementia
  • Best practices for home visitors
  • Effects of trauma on older adults
  • Elder law
  • Geriatric Care – changing families role of creativity in healing
  • Grandparents rearing grandchildren
  • Holistic health options
  • How to access social service programs for older adults (SSI, Medicare, SS Disability)
  • LGBTQ issues concerning older adults
  • Michigan laws regarding guardianship, what types of guardianship and what that means in making medical decisions
  • Obtaining guardianship for adults
  • Pain Management
  • Policy changes for aging population
  • Post-loss caregiver life/ re-entry to own life
  • Serving clients with chronic co-occurring concerns and/or high utilizers of emergency departments
  • Suicide prevention/intervention
  • Yoga for older adults

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