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Call for Sessions

 
 

The USAging Annual Conference and Tradeshow is the largest and most prestigious gathering of local aging leaders and professionals in the United States. More than 1,200 Aging Network professionals, as well as nationally renowned decision makers and experts, participate in the Conference because they know that the issues and programs they — and the communities they serve — care about most will be showcased.

 

The latest trends in home and community-based services, long-term services and supports, social engagement, health care contracting and integrated care, among dozens of other topics, are presented by seasoned practitioners eager to share their cutting-edge insights and programs via highly creative and interactive workshop formats.

 

Why do attendees return year after year? Responses to post-Conference surveys overwhelmingly show that participants leave the event feeling they have been given exciting new information, tools and contacts they can leverage as soon as they return to their agencies. Even more, attendees have said they value the personal connections with their peers they can only make at the USAging Conference and Tradeshow.

 

The USAging 47th Annual Conference and Tradeshow will be held July 10–13, 2022, in Austin, TX. We hope that you will not only attend, but also contribute your depth of knowledge and expertise by leading a Workshop, Pre-Conference Intensive or Fast-Track. Our sessions are organized under major topic categories as listed below. Please review these categories and evaluate where your innovative program or approach fits within the following topic areas:

 

Submission Deadline

The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, December 15, 2021. To be considered, proposals must include ALL requested information and late submissions will not be accepted.
 

Status Notification

A notification of the status of your proposal will be sent in March 2022. On occasion, USAging may find it necessary to combine sessions with complementary topics. If this occurs, submitters will be notified well in advance. Please hold the Conference workshop dates of July 10–13, 2022, until you are notified on your proposal status.
 

Submission Requirements

Submissions MUST include the following information:
  • Key Contact Information
  • Presenter/Panelist Contact Information
  • Two-to-Three-Sentence Bio for Each Presenter
  • Session Title (10 word maximum)
  • Session Objectives (bullet points)
  • Session Description (125 word maximum)
  • Evaluation Criteria: Outcomes/Impact, Innovation, Replicability, Interactive/Engaging Quality (150 word maximum)

 

All submissions must be transmitted online through the Call for Sessions page. If you need an accommodation, please let us know.

 

Evaluation

When preparing your submission, please keep in mind that your presentation will be evaluated on the following:

  • Outcomes/Impact (30%): How have older adults, people with disabilities and/or caregivers benefitted from your program/service; and/or how has your program/service improved the operations of your agency?
  • Innovation (25%): What are the unique elements and achievements of your program/service?
  • Replicability (25%): What elements of your program/service can readily be utilized by another Area Agency on Aging/Title VI Native American Aging Program? Is an AAA/Title VI director/staff part of the presentation?
  • Interactive/Engaging Quality (20%): It is critical that the workshop content and presentation style both engage and involved Conference attendees. Outline strategies that you will employ to make the workshop highly interactive.
 

Submitter/Key Contact Responsibilities

  • Provide complete information for up to three proposed presenters per workshop and up to two per Fast-Track Session.
  • Review presenters’ responsibilities with each presenter prior to submission.
  • Provide a two-to-three-sentence bio for each presenter for introduction purposes.
  • Communicate the accept/decline status of the proposal to all additional presenters.
  • Hold the Conference workshop dates of July 10-13, 2022 until notified of your proposal status.
  • If selected, contact each presenter to re-confirm their participation and to register for the Conference.
  • Register and pay for the Conference.
  • If applicable, pay extra audiovisual and/or internet costs in advance.

 

Presenter Responsibilities

  • Provide complete contact information and a two-to-three-sentence bio summary to submitter.
  • If selected, register for the Conference and pay the registration fee.
  • Review audio visual equipment information below.

 

Presentation Guidelines

All session rooms will be provided an LCD projector, screen, a PC computer, one podium microphone and one head table. Each PC computer will be loaded with Microsoft Office products, so presenters are only required to bring their presentation on a PC-compatible USB drive. Wireless internet access is provided in the session rooms. Fast Tracks are intended to be interactive, so the number of slides used should be limited to maximize attendee interaction.

 

2022 Session Format Types

Fast-Track – 30 minutes

Presenter(s) provide opening remarks or a very brief presentation of a concept, idea, program or strategy (max. 10 minutes) to prompt an informal and collaborative conversation among participants about a provocative topic. Max. of 2 presenters.

 

Workshops – 60 minutes

Presenter(s) share information, resources and success stories, engage in an interactive dialogue, invite questions and facilitate idea exchange with audience members. Max. of 3 presenters.

 

Conference Intensive – 90-120 minutes

Longer format presentation to provide the opportunity for a deeper dive and more in-depth discussion/engagement on a critical or emerging topic/trend in the Aging Network. Max. 6 presenters.

 

Mobile Workshop (Offsite)

Presentations by local agencies that are held at an offsite location as a way to showcase local programs in action.

 

2022 Conference Focus Areas

Addressing Social Isolation Through Engagement

Creating opportunities to engage older adults, caregivers and people with disabilities and help them stay socially connected is a vital part of the services offered by the Aging Network. Topics may include research on the negative health outcomes from social isolation and loneliness; program innovations to reduce those harms; creative ways to engage older adults and others with technology and without; and much more. 

 

Advancing Our Advocacy

Learn about the latest advocacy approaches, innovations, trends and opportunities. From individual advocacy to advancing federal aging policy, AAAs are mandated by the Older Americans Act to advocate for older adults. Attendees will have the opportunity to get up to speed on timely federal policy issues, as well as expand their skills and learn from their peers about new approaches to state and local advocacy.

 

Best Practices in Healthy Aging

The latest programs and services being implemented to improve health outcomes for older adults in the areas of wellness, nutrition, physical activity, evidence-based health promotion, prescription drug programs, medication management, mental and behavioral health, and more will be showcased in presentations by Aging Network leaders and renowned national experts. Sessions will feature proven, highly effective programs with a focus on outcome-based interventions with older adults.

 

Building Livable and Dementia-Friendly Communities

The latest programs and services developed to help older adults “age in community,” involving such issues as community planning, housing, transportation, lifelong learning, economic security and workforce development. Sessions will showcase local strategies to design and promote age and  dementia-friendly communities by experts who will provide practical and insightful guidance to attendees on implementing these plans back home.

 

Cutting-Edge OAA and Aging Programs

Find out how the Aging Network is enhancing core Older Americans Act programs and other aging services in exciting new ways to address the needs of older adults. Sessions will address the evolving needs of consumers and innovative approaches to meet those needs.

 

Elder Justice

Sessions will highlight best practices, new innovations and replicable programs to prevent, detect and address elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation, as well as broader elder justice initiatives from around the country.

 

Enhancing Independent Living Through Transportation Innovations

Transportation sessions will showcase mobility innovations, developments in the field and funding opportunities, focusing specifically on transportation options that increase accessibility for older adults and people with disabilities.

 

Health Care Contracting and Integrated Care

Sessions will focus on existing and emerging models and programs to address the social determinants of health and provide community-based long-term services and supports, including integrated care, Medicaid managed care and Medicare Advantage supplemental benefits. Sessions will spotlight opportunities and challenges for the Aging Network.

 

Meeting the Needs of Diverse Aging Populations

Recognizing and understanding that cultural and ethnic diversity are critical to developing and providing programs and services that address the specific needs of diverse older adults, sessions will shine a light on diversity, equity and inclusion issues for an aging population and highlight new and innovative programs and approaches the Aging Network can replicate.  

 

Running Your Agency: Strategies to Strengthen Systems and People

Learn about cutting-edge management practices that the Aging Network can utilize to strengthen operations and build capacity. Finance, grants management, professional development, diversity/equity/inclusion practices, fundraising, marketing, program evaluation and new technologies are just a few of the topics that will be addressed.

 

Supporting Caregivers

Family and other informal caregivers are critical to our nation’s long-term care system, and the Aging Network’s supports and services help them do their jobs better, more safely and for longer. Sessions will share best practices, innovations and new research on supporting caregivers.

 

Title VI Programs: Unique Challenges and Solutions

Innovative and proven strategies to help directors and staff from Title VI Native American aging programs address the unique service needs of elders in Indian Country will be featured in these sessions. Successful initiatives that leverage the synergies associated with AAA and Title VI program coordination will be featured.

 

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