How to Submit a Proposal

Review the information required to complete a proposal, session format options and the presentation topics, below.

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The following elements are needed to complete your proposal:

  1. Select a session format (see list and description of formats below).
  2. Primary Presenter & Co-Presenter(s) information—answer questions about yourself and add co-presenters. You must agree to register at the faculty rate by December 9, 2019 and only include co-presenters who agree to do the same.
  3. Proposed Title, 100 character limit, including spaces—compelling titles attract attendees so be creative and accurate.
  4. Brief Session Description, 500 character limit, including spaces—succinct summary of what you will cover in your session.
  5. Full Detailed Description, 3000 character limit, including spaces – full detailed description of your proposal expanding on the brief description to include such things as background information, method of research or program development, etc.
  6. 3-5 Learning Objectives, Knowledge or skills attendees will gain as a result of your session. Please note to make each objective a concise statement of what you expect the audience to take away from your presentation.
  7. Outcomes/Discussion Questions (optional), 1500 character limit, including spaces— what were the results of your program, project, or research? Please list 3 to 5 outcomes. If there were no specific results, provide a list of 3 to 5 discussion questions (peer groups).
  8. Categorization of Session—choose one from the list of tracks.
  9. Additional session information (learning methods, etc).
  10. Review your Summary Page.
  11. Submit

You will receive an email confirming that we have received your proposal for Aging in America. You may submit up to two proposals.

Session Format Options

  • 90-minute Symposium: 90-minute Symposia are intensive panel discussions that focus on broader educational topics, concepts or policies. Presenters come with advanced knowledge of the subject area and contribute different perspectives on big-picture topics such as program trends and innovations, policy and advocacy, changing service models, and technologies having an impact on aging services and experiences.

    • AV included: laptop (does not have internal DVD player), projector, screen, free WiFi, and wired microphone for table use. Podium and alternative microphone arrangement for large panels available upon request.
    • Number of presenters: Minimum of 3 presenters; 4 or more encouraged.

    60-minute Workshop: 60-minute Workshops are sessions that focus on educational topics or concepts and emphasize innovative models, promising practices, applied research, or replicable programs. This format involves a formal presentation and may feature case studies and interactive activities.

    • AV included: laptop (does not have internal DVD player), projector, screen, free WiFi, and wired microphone for table use. Podium available upon request.
    • Number of presenters: 2 or more presenters are required.

    Peer Group: Peer Groups are 60-minute informal, facilitated discussions on age-related topics. They allow participants an opportunity to network with peers who either share a community of practice or are brought together by common interests in specific issues.

    • No AV included.
    • Number of facilitators: 2 or more facilitators are recommended.

    Poster: Poster Sessions take place in a large room where presenters stand by their poster, which highlights educational content or a topic related to data, research, evaluation or other themes appropriate for this type of format. There are 90-minutes for attendees to circulate and engage with poster presenters about their topic.  

    • No AV included.
    • Number of presenters: 1 or more presenters are required.

    Morning Exercise: Morning Exercises are 60-minute group activities directed by a qualified practitioner, designed to physically and mentally energize conference participants. Sessions can include Tai Chi, Aerobics, Stretching, Yoga and other low-impact exercise. Techniques used should be adaptable for use with older adults.

    • No AV included.
    • Number of presenters: 1 or more presenters are required


You will be asked to choose from the following tracks when submitting your proposal. Your topic may appear in more than one track, so please choose the track that is the best match.


Includes such topics as:

Aging in Community
  • Age-Friendly/Livable Communities
  • Community Planning & Development
  • Disabilities & Accessibility
  • Emergency/Disaster Preparedness
  • Home & Community-Based Services
  • Housing
  • Intergenerational Programs
  • Rural Aging
  • Senior Centers
  • Transportation & Mobility
  • Universal Design
  • Other Related Topics.
Business & Leadership
  • 50+ Marketplace
  • Business Best Practices (non-profit/for-profit)
  • Business Development
  • Careers in Aging
  • Effective Communication
  • Financial Literacy
  • Leadership Development
  • Marketing/Communications
  • Mentorship
  • Older Adult Workforce 
  • Retirement Planning/Finances
  • Skills Development (Budgeting, Grant Writing)
  • Staff Development
  • Team Building
  • Other Related Topics
  • Adult Day Services
  • Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias
  • Chronic Care
  • End of Life and Palliative Care
  • Family Caregiving
  • Homecare Services and Products
  • Long-Term Care
  • Paid Caregiving Workforce
  • Supported Living
  • Training
  • Other Related Topics
Diversity & Cultures of Aging 
  • Cultural Literacy
  • Disabilities
  • Discrimination
  • Disparities
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Diversity in the Aging Workforce
  • Global Aging; Indigenous Aging
  • LGBTQ Aging in Community & Residential Care
  • LGBTQ Specific Services and Supports
  • Multicultural Aging
  • Policy and Advocacy
  • Targeted Programs
  • Other Related Topics  
Health, Wellness & Care Transitions
  • Chronic Disease Prevention and Management
  • Clinical Issues and Programs
  • Health Promotion; Hearing and Vision Loss
  • Hospitalization & Recovery
  • Polypharmacy and Medication Management
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition & Supplements
  • Occupational, Physical, Speech Therapies
  • Oral Health
  • Polypharmacy and Medication Management
  • Readmissions
  • Sexuality & Sexual Health
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Other Related Topics 
Integrated Care Networks/Business Acumen
  • Contracting
  • Developing Network Partners
  • Evidence-Based Outcomes and Results
  • Market Analysis
  • Medical and Social Transitional Care
  • Organizational Culture Shift 
  • Prevention of Readmissions
  • Rate Determination
  • Service Delivery
  • Other Related Topics
Law & Aging
  • Conservatorships and Guardianships
  • Durable Power of Attorney
  • Elder Mistreatment
  • Elder Justice
  • Estate Planning, Trusts and Wills
  • Financial Abuse, Fraud, Scams
  • Legal Statutes
  • Other Related Topics
Lifelong Learning & Engagement
  • Arts
  • Brain Fitness and Cognitive Health
  • Creativity and Humanities
  • Health Promotion
  • Lifelong Learning
  • Longevity
  • Positive Aging
  • Recreation and Leisure
  • Social Connectedness
  • Volunteerism
  • Other Related Topics
Mental Health 
  • Behavioral Health Science
  • Careers in Mental Health
  • Clinical Programs; Interventions
  • Interdisciplinary Programs
  • Loneliness and Isolation
  • Substance Use and Abuse
  • Suicidality
  • Trauma and Trauma-Informed Practice
  • Veterans
  • Other Related Topics
Policy, Advocacy & Ethics
  • Advocacy Initiatives
  • Ageism
  • Aging Prisoners
  • Affordable Housing
  • Discrimination
  • Disparities
  • Domestic Violence
  • Economic Security
  • Elder Justice
  • Impacts of Globalization; Healthcare Reform
  • Legal Remedies
  • Medicare and Medicaid
  • Older Americans Act
  • Politics of Aging
  • Social Security
  • State Statutes
  • Other Related Topics
Religion, Spirituality & Meaning
  • Collaboration with Faith-Based Organizations
  • Death and Dying
  • Faith-Based Communities & Programs
  • Older Adult Ministries
  • Policy (Church–State Relations)
  • Spirituality
  • Faith and Coping
  • Other Related Topics
Technology & Innovation
  • Accessibility and Affordability
  • Assistive Devices & Hardware
  • Aging with Technology
  • Apps, Social Media, Online Programs & Software
  • Co-Design
  • Disabilities & Accessibility
  • Health IT/Telehealth
  • Research on Innovative Models/Outcomes
  • Privacy/Data Sharing
  • Other Related Topics

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