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Conference Workshops: Come Early and Strengthen Your Skills

Start things off by building and strengthening your professional career with in-depth, intensive Workshops. Conference Workshops are rigorous, skill-developing sessions intended to build on the attendee’s knowledge of aging. These half-day sessions complement the GSA Annual Scientific Meeting Program while allowing attendees to further cultivate their professional toolbox in a specific area. Workshops are free to ASM attendees; however, pre-registration for all workshops is required. Space is limited for each Workshop.

All Workshops will be held at the Marriott Tampa Water Street. Room locations for Workshops can be found in the Meeting Program starting September 15.

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Schedule of Events

All Conference Workshops will be held on Wednesday, November 8. The Morning Workshops begin at 8:00 AM ET and the Afternoon Workshops begin at 1:00 PM ET.

To view a full description of a below Workshop, click on the arrow to the right of each Workshop title.

Morning Workshops: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM (ET)

To best meet the needs of the aging population, interventions (behavioral, biobehavioral, biomedical, and social-structural) must not only be effective, but also reach the population they are designed to impact. Prevailing methods for intervention development fall short of this goal. This workshop will provide an introduction to an innovative approach to intervention development: intervention optimization, and specifically the multiphase optimization strategy (MOST). An optimized intervention is one that strategically balances effectiveness against affordability, scalability, and efficiency. This workshop will provide an introduction to MOST, and provide participants an opportunity to design their own conceptual model and optimization trial through activities. At the end of the workshop, participants will be prepared to seek funding to optimize interventions. A new generation of optimized interventions has the potential to best meet the needs of the aging population and achieve public health impact.

• Kate Guastaferro, PhD, MPH | New York University

The AGHE Program of Merit (POM) review process advances gerontology and health professions programs. The Program of Merit has expanded its review to include any health professions program applications with specific guidelines and competencies dedicated to Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine and Doctor of Pharmacy programs. Broad guidelines and competencies are published for all other health professions programs. For successful POM applicants, the AGHE POM provides gerontology programs and those health disciplines that integrate geriatrics/gerontology content into the curriculum with an AGHE distinguished program designation. This designation verifies program quality to administrators to assist with lobbying additional resources, maintaining program quality, marketing the program, and recruiting prospective students. This workshop will begin with the “Why,” “What” and “How” of applying for the AGHE POM. Time is allocated for POM application and program development FREE consultation. Institutions need not be an AGHE member to apply!

• Marilyn Gugliucci, MA, PhD, FAGHE, FGSA | University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
• Donna Weinreich, MSW, PhD | Western Michigan State University

This workshop is 1) discussing the need for structural collaborations between academia and practice, and 2) presenting the Dutch Living Lab in Ageing and Long-Term Care, a successful model of sustainable and successful interdisciplinary collaboration between scientists, care providers and educators in long-term care, and its replication in the United Kingdom. This Living Lab was established in 1998 by Maastricht University, and covers 185 long-term care facilities, including about 50,000 clients and more than 27,000 staff. Key working mechanisms are the Linking Pins and interdisciplinary partnership using a team science approach, with great scientific and societal impact. In the workshop the business model of the Living Lab will be presented, and challenges in getting the model operational and sustainable will be discussed. Strategies will be discussed with attendees for establishing a structural collaboration between a university and long-term care organization(s) in their region, state or country.

• Michel Bleijlevens, PhD, Physiotherapy | Maastricht University, The Netherlands
• Reena Devi, PhD, Nursing | University of Leeds, United Kingdom
• Irma Everink, PhD, Health Sciences | Maastricht University, The Netherlands
• Jan Hamers, PhD, Nursing | Maastricht University, The Netherlands
• Silke Metzelthin, PhD, Occupational Therapy | Maastricht University, The Netherlands
• Karen Spilsbury, PhD, Nursing | University of Leeds, United Kingdom
• Judith Urlings, PhD, Psychology | Maastricht University, The Netherlands
• Hilde Verbeek, PhD, Psychology | Maastricht University, The Netherlands

“Creating Accessible Interfaces for Older Adults: An HCI Approach” is a hands-on workshop that introduces designers, developers, and other professionals with the tools they need to create web interfaces that are more accessible and usable for older adults. In this workshop, attendees will gain a deeper understanding of the challenges faced by older adults while using the web, learn best practices for designing accessible interfaces, and discover strategies for promoting digital inclusion and accessibility within their organization. Through a combination of interactive activities, group discussions, and short presentations by the organizers, attendees will leave this workshop with an understanding of the tools they need to create more inclusive and accessible digital experiences for all users. Participants will also have increased empathy and understanding of the challenges faced by older adults while using the web.

• Lisa D'Ambrosio, PhD | MIT AgeLab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
• Joseph Coughlin, PhD | MIT AgeLab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
• Chaiwoo Lee, PhD | MIT AgeLab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
• Manasi Vaidya | MIT AgeLab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

In this highly educational and thought provoking approach of a new neurology-first clinical framework, learners will develop the critical skills necessary to properly diagnose and treat neurocognitively impaired residents within a rubric that effectively lowers antipsychotic rate usage. After an inter-professional segment demonstrating the framework, learners will break out into small groups to review, discuss and develop the critical steps in the medical decision making process in the person centered care approach of neurocognitively impaired residents. This framework lends itself to the lowering of antipsychotic rates through proper diagnosis and treatment of neurodegenerative illnesses, rather than the current psychiatric approach.

• Daniel Heiser, PsyD | GuideStar Eldercare
• Steven Posar, MD | GuideStar Eldercare
• Anita Reid, MSN, APN, FNP-BC, GNP-BC | GuideStar Eldercare

Interested in learning how to help older adults with dementia to eat better? Clinical guidelines call for careful hand-feeding, but what does this mean and how do we teach caregivers how to do it? Join us for a fun, interactive skills workshop where you will: - Learn about the brain changes that take place with dementia and how they impact eating - Experience the sensory changes that people living with dementia encounter each day - Identify mealtime techniques to assist individuals in the different phases of dementia - Practice hand-feeding techniques to assist individuals who can no longer eat independently.

• Joy Douglas, PhD, RDN, CSG, LD | The University of Alabama
• Amy Ellis, PhD, MPH, RDN, LD | The University of Alabama

Start your journey to an Age-Friendly Health System using the tools of implementation and improvement science. Learn how to include the 4Ms (What Matters, Medication, Mentation, and Mobility) as essential components for care delivery. Participants will work alongside experts from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and Case Western Reserve University on the path to success. Workshop attendees will actively participate as they “drive their care” using an AFHS Implementation Planning Map that incorporates implementation and improvement science landmarks (1) assessment of the current state, (2) examining the literature, (3) systems assessment, (4) defining aims, (5) measurement and alignment with the electronic health record, (6) implementation strategies, (7) pilot testing. At each landmark, participants will engage in an activity. The destination of success will include a preliminary plan that participants can take back to start their journey of achieving Age-Friendly Health Systems recognition and ultimately Committed to Care Excellence status.

• Mary Dolansky, PhD, RN, FAAN | Case Western Reserve University
• Sherry Greenberg, PhD | Institute for Healthcare Improvement
• Laurita Kaigler-Crawlle, MPA | Institute for Healthcare Improvement
• Lilia Pino, PhD | MinuteClinic
• Anne Pohnert, DNP, APRN | MinuteClinic
• Emily Tsviste | PhD, APRN | Case Western Reserve University

Older adults are at increased risk for suicide, necessitating interventions that effectively promote psychological well-being and reduce psychological distress. This interactive workshop will focus on Meaning-Centered intervention Groups, brief psychological groups that aim to enhance social support and well-being by way of meaning-centered discussions about creativity, life experiences, attitudes towards adversity and success, and the future. Initially designed as an upstream intervention for men facing retirement, we have since adapted these groups for male veterans and first-responders in career transition and for older adults experiencing loneliness, social isolation, and pandemic-related distress. Discussion will focus on challenges faced by older adults potentially vulnerable to the onset or exacerbation of psychological distress in the context of life transitions, approaches to engaging participants in community-based in-person and online psychological interventions, and experiential exercises for those interested in learning more about and potentially delivering meaning-centered groups to promote psychological well-being in their communities.

• Marnin Heisel, PhD, C.Psych. | The University of Western Ontario

Microbiome is a new frontier for human medicine and aging biology. This workshop brings together basic, clinical, and community/population science experts who will share their research findings on topics such as – microbiome in gut feelings, precision nutrition, physical function, infectious diseases, behavioral science, genetics, and epidemiology using mechanistic and translational approaches. In addition, this workshop also includes a panel discussion about future perspectives in this area of research and clinical practice. This workshop will serve as a perfect platform to learn new technologies used for microbiome and aging research from plate to people as well as learn the status of the field to be applied in clinical and daily life practices in public health while creating opportunities for new collaborations among researchers.

• Emily Cope, PhD | Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ
• Samaneh Farsijani, PhD, RD, | University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburg, PA
• Ai-Ling Lin, PhD | University of Missouri, Columbia, MO
• Michal Masternak, PhD | University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL
• Hariom Yadav, PhD | USF Center for Microbiome Research, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
• Jinying Zhao, MD, PhD | University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
• Zhiyi Zuo, MD, PhD | University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

This workshop provides a hands-on opportunity for authors to learn writing best practices in small groups supported by experienced scholars. Using samples of their own writing, participants will work on improving communication clarity and effectiveness for manuscript writing, revising, and responding to reviewers.

• Theresa Abah, PhD, MS, CIPM | California State University, Sacramento
• Harleah Buck, PhD, RN, FPCN, FAHA, FAAN | University of Iowa
• Sean Halpin, PhD, MA | Evidera
• Suzanne Meeks, PhD, FGSA | University of Louisville
• Brandy Wallace, PhD, FGSA | University of Maryland Baltimore County

This half-day workshop is designed to introduce the Health and Retirement Study (HRS) to the GSA membership with a special focus on cognition data resources. The HRS is a large-scale longitudinal study of the labor force participation and health transitions that individuals undergo toward the end of their work lives and in the years that follow. The survey collects information about income, work, assets, pension plans, health insurance, disability, physical health and functioning, cognitive functioning, psychosocial factors, family structure and transfers, and health care expenditures. The main focus of this workshop will be the HRS cognition data resources including the Harmonized Cognitive Assessment Protocol, which link to the full survey data, and how to use them. New data on neurobiomarkers will be presented. Methods for longitudinal modelling of cognition data will be described.

• Jessica Faul, PhD | University of Michigan
• Lindsay Kobayashi, PhD | University of Michigan
• Kenneth Langa, MD, PhD | University of Michigan
• Lindsay Ryan, PhD | University of Michigan
• Amanda Sonnega, PhD | University of Michigan

The proposed workshop is designed for new users and those who want to learn more about using the National Health and Aging Trends Study (NHATS) and the National Study of Caregiving (NSOC). The workshop will provide an overview of the study design and content of NHATS and NSOC. The workshop will cover study content on disability, dementia, and caregiving as well as linkages to restricted files and Medicare claims data. Presenters will introduce user resources available through the NHATS website including annotated instruments, content documentation, and technical papers. More advanced topics, such as weighting, survey design adjustments, sub-population analysis (e.g., analysis for different race / ethnicity groups), and using metadata will also be covered. An interactive session will answer users’ questions and provide analysis advice.

• Mengyao Hu | Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan
• Sarah Patterson | Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan
• Jennifer Schrack | Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
• Maureen Skehan | Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Afternoon Workshops: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM (ET)

Design challenges, or hackathons, are highly interactive and allow participants to leverage teammates’ expertise to rapidly design a new product or solution to the focus issue, in this case the development of intergenerational curriculum. Participants will draw on their varied backgrounds and ideas to create engaging and effective lesson plans. In this Teaching Institute, panelists will explain the purpose and process of design challenges and walk attendees through a brief, team-based, interdisciplinary hackathon (design sprint) focused on the development of lesson plans for intergenerational projects. Representatives from all GSA member groups are encouraged to participate, as the greater the variety of perspectives represented on design challenge teams, the more powerful the outcomes. Participants will leave with knowledge and resources related to design thinking, process, and challenges; a series of intergenerational lesson plans; and a set of skills to implement both. Please join us for this fun, innovative, interactive workshop!

• Lisa Borrero, PhD, FAGHE | University of Indianapolis
• Laura Donorfio, PhD, FAGHE | University of Connecticut
• Cynthia Hancock, PhD, FAGHE | University of North Carolina Charlotte
• Tina Newsham, PhD, FAGHE | University of North Carolina Wilmington
• Matthew Peterson, PhD, FGSA | University of North Carolina Wilmington
• Alicia Sellon, PhD, MSW | University of North Carolina Wilmington

This interactive workshop is designed to help you connect your work to contribute to the growing age-friendly community movement. Age-friendly community leaders will provide pertinent information to facilitate knowledge for application in your community. Participants will learn: how their work aligns with and how to get involved in their local community efforts; how to conceptually map age-friendly community practice effects; how to create a personalized and curated age-friendly library to advance your scholarship; a vast array of age-friendly resources to foster your efforts in age-friendly research, policy, and practice. Presenters Black, Oh and Martinez will overview the age-friendly model and processes; Coyle and Gleason will discuss ways to engage and measure spillover effects from community partnerships and synergies; Greenfield and Pope will overview age-friendly literature to help jumpstart your own bibliography; and Armbruster, Binette and Harrell will discuss AARP resources and continuous learning opportunities to bolster your age-friendly efforts.

• William Armbruster, MS, AARP
• Joanne Binette, MPA, AARP
• Kathy Black, PhD | University of South Florida
• Caitlin Coyle, PhD | University of Massachusetts, Boston
• Shayna Gleason, PhD | University of Massachusetts, Boston
• Emily Greenfield, PhD | Professor, Rutgers University
• Rodney Harrell, PhD, AATP
• Patricia Oh, PhD | University of Maine
• Natalie Pope, MSSW | Rutgers University

Join Dr. Peter R. Mouton and colleagues for this 4-hour Stereology and AI Workshop at the Annual Meeting of the GSA. Peer-reviewers for age-related studies in neuroscience journals and federal/private research proposals prefer unbiased methods for quantitative studies on stained tissue sections. Primary users of unbiased stereology include researchers at: • Academic Centers • Government facilities (VA, EPA) • Small and large pharmaceutical companies Topics will include theory and practice for quantification of stained tissue sections using unbiased methods: • Accurate, reproducible, and efficient stereology • Quantify all parameters (Number, Volume, Length, Surface Area) on live or stored images. • Highly efficient automatic stereology using deep learning methods • Cutting-edge Automatic Stereology using AI-based Deep Learning On-site demonstration of state-of-the-art computerized stereology systems (bring your tissue sections!)

• Palak Dave, PhD | Moffitt Cancer Center
• Grant Denham, BS | SRC Biosciences
• Hunter Morera, PhD Candidate | Department of Computer Science & Engineering, University of South Florida
• Peter Mouton, PhD | Department of Computer Science & Engineering, University of South Florida

The workshop will emphasize a social marketing approach to recruitment of potential students, and community partners to collaborate on the practicum for the program. A step-by-step description of how the program was conceptualized, and the input gather from various stakeholders will be discussed as tools to augment the interest of the community for the program. Strengths of the program such as incorporating high impact practices (i.e. undergraduate research, service learning, and project based learning), are presented as opportunities made available to students enrolled in the program.

• Eric Belokon, PhD, Psy.D | Miami Dade College
• Trinidad Arguelles, MS, EdD | Miami Dade College

The fourth edition of the Healthy Brain Initiative Road Map will be released in summer 2023. This next iteration of the Road Map focuses more directly on health equity. In this workshop, participants will learn more about the equity focused actions and strategies to achieve those actions. Through a mixture of presentations, small group activities and discussion participants will leave the workshop with an increased understanding of the HBI Road Map and tangible skills and resources to improve their ability to engage diverse and inclusive audiences. The workshop will have a special focus on the following populations: individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, Black and African American, Hispanic, and Indigenous communities.

• Daphne Delgado, MPH | UsAgainstAlzheimer's
• Tamar Heller, PhD | University of Illinois Chicago
• J. Neil Henderson, PhD | Retired - Leading expert on ADRD in Indian Country
• Matthew Janicki, PhD | University of Illinois Chicago
• Lisa McGuire, PhD | Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
• Stephanie Monroe, JD | UsAgainstAlzheimer's
• Shelby Roberts, MPH | Alzheimer's Association
• Lieke van Heumen, PhD | University of Illinois Chicago
• Molita Yazzie, MS | IA2

Telehealth delivered care is convenient and affordable and has the potential to bring personalized care delivery and aid caregivers, although challenges in technology usage and coordination of interdisciplinary team evaluations remain challenging. The Veteran healthcare system has been a leader in telehealth care delivery, and the team from project “GRECC Connect” has linked interdisciplinary geriatrics team from 18 medical centers to over 120 clinics with nationwide reach that provide interdisciplinary geriatrics assessment for older adults. This workshop aims to bring the experience of these teams to provide attendees with hands on experience so that they can facilitate interdisciplinary telehealth encounters effectively. Particular attention will be on potential barriers on telehealth care delivery and strategies to overcome them. The organization of the interdisciplinary team assessments and the use of assessment tools to deliver age-friendly care will be discussed and demonstrated.

• Thomas Caprio, MD | University of Rochester; Canandaigua VA Medical Center
• Stuti Dang, MD, MPH | University of Miami; Miami Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center, Miami VA Healthcare System
• Eileen Dryden, PhD | New England Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center, Bedford VA Medical Center
• Ina Engel, MS, RD, LDN | Pittsburgh Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center, Pittsburgh VA Medical Center
• Bertha Flores, PhD, RN | University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, School of Nursing
• Megan Gately, OTD, PhD, Boston University |New England Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center, Bedford VA Medical Center
• Chelsea Hawley, PharmD, MPH | Boston University; New England Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center, Bedford VA Medical Center
• William Hung, MD, MPH | Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center, James J Peters VA Medical Center
• Sowmya Iyer, MD | Stanford University, VA Palo Alto Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center
• Shatice Jones, BS | Bronx Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center, James J Peters VA Medical Center
• Lynette Kelley, FNP | Eastern Colorado Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center, Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center
• Lauren Moo, MD | Harvard University; New England Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center, Bedford VA Medical Center
• Becky Powers, MD | University of Texas at San Antonio; San Antonio GRECC, San Antonio VA Medical Center
• Michelle Rossi, MD | University of Pittsburgh; Pittsburgh Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center, Pittsburgh VA Medical Center

Obtaining the research funding needed to build a research program can seem daunting. One source of support for pilot work to get started and obtain data needed for larger applications is pilot grants available through the NIA supported Center programs. NIA funds a variety of Center programs that offer pilot grants as part of their scope of work. This workshop will introduce these programs, offer opportunities to engage directly with Center directors and staff in small groups, and provide tips and strategies to develop competitive applications. Successful applicants will share how they have leveraged these pilot grants to build their research programs.

• Patricia Slattum, PharmD, PhD | Virginia Commonwealth University

IPUMS offers harmonized census and survey data from the U.S. and around the world. These data are appropriate for studying aging-related topics as well as subjects that intersect with aging but are often difficult to explore with aging-specific surveys (e.g., migration/immigration). This workshop will (1) review data available through IPUMS, (2) demonstrate our online data access system for creating customized datasets, (3) highlight tools and data for studying the intersection of aging and migration/immigration, and (4) allow for consultation with IPUMS data experts as well as hands-on experience using the data. All data are free of charge to the research community.

• Lara Cleveland, PhD | Director of International Projects, IPUMS
• Sarah Flood, PhD | Director, University of Minnesota Life Course Center
• Sula Sarkar, PhD | Research Scientist, IPUMS

The Long-Term Care Data Cooperative is funded by the National Institute of Aging and aims to improve the quality of care within skilled nursing facilities by compiling the most comprehensive electronic health records data on nursing home residents nationwide. This data can be linked to Medicare claims and includes over 2,100 nursing homes, 386,000 residents, 6.7 million distinct patient diagnoses, 12.4 million medication prescriptions, 300 million medication administrations, 550,000 vaccination records, and 290 million vital signs observations. Through a dynamic, interactive workshop, attendees will learn how the LTC Data Cooperative is generating real-world evidence on treatments and care practices; access and explore sample data; gain a comprehensive understanding of the core data model; and learn how to request access for research purposes. Interested attendees can apply for one year "real world data scholars" training grants.

• Vincent Mor, PhD | Brown University School of Public Health, Department of Health Services, Policy & Practice
• Catherine Rogers Murray, MPH | Exponent, Inc.
• Michael Simon, PhD | Exponent, Inc.
• Elizabeth White, APN, PhD | Brown University School of Public Health, Department of Health Services Policy & Practice

A growing number of health disparities and health equity researchers include genetic and other types of biomarkers in their studies with diverse older adults. Come and learn from NIA officials about the All of US Research Program and how to access their datasets. Hear NIA-funded researchers explain their use of biomarker data in research, and engage in discussions about conducting research in diverse communities.

• Yenisel Cruz-Almeida | University of Florida, Department of Aging and Geriatric Research
• Lourdes Guerrero | RCMAR National Coordinating Center
• Sid O'Bryant | University of North Texas Health Science Center
• Roland Thorpe | Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
• Rebeca Wong | University of Texas Medical Branch-Galveston



The Gerontological Society of America is the oldest and largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to research, education, and practice in the field of aging. GSA’s principal mission — and that of our 5,500 members — is to promote the study of aging and disseminate information to scientists, decision makers, and the general public. Founded in 1945, GSA is the driving force behind advancing innovation in aging — both domestically and internationally. Our members come from more than 50 countries. To further fulfill our mission, GSA assembles more nearly 4,000 professionals from around the world to an Annual Scientific Meeting. This monumental event now features more than 500 sessions each year. Additionally, we publish the field’s preeminent peer-reviewed journals.



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