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Abstract submissions now open for aging conference

Second annual UofL/KAG Optimal Aging Conference to be held June 11-13, 2017

University of Louisville

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The call for abstracts opens Friday, Sept. 30, for the second annual Optimal Aging Conference, hosted by the University of Louisville Institute for Sustainable Health & Optimal Aging in partnership with the Kentucky Association for Gerontology (KAG). The conference will be held June 11-13, 2017, at the Galt House Hotel, 140 N. Fourth St.

The Optimal Aging Conference brings together academics, professionals and older adults across a variety of disciplines who are united by a view that aging is an opportunity, not a disease. Institute Executive Director Anna Faul, Ph.D. said, "This conference is unique in that it emphasizes the potential when diverse individuals come together united in a common commitment to transforming our current aging paradigm, including participation and input from older adults and caregivers."

Abstract submissions for the conference open Sept. 30 and close Friday, Dec. 16 at 11:59 p.m. Practitioners and academicians in any field related to aging care can submit an abstract as the conference will examine service delivery complexities and burdens through both academic and professional workforce perspectives.

Abstracts can be submitted on the conference website, http://www.optimalaginginstitute.org/annual-optimal-aging-conference.

The Optimal Aging Conference supports the dissemination of biopsychosocial aging research, age-friendly product innovation, and evidence-based practice and education models and social service delivery. Past President of KAG Barbara Gordon said, "We are excited to announce that our theme this year is 'Approaching Aging as a Life-Long Journey.' For optimal aging to be realized, we must infuse a lifespan approach into our work, practice, and research."

Early-bird registation for the conference will open Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017. The early-bird registration fee for students, medical residents and senior citizens (age 65 and older) is $100; $240 for KAG Members; and $260 for all other academics and professionals. After Feb. 15, registration will be an additional $10 per category.

For more information about the conference, visit http://www.optimalaginginstitute.org or call 502-852-5629.

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