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How to Submit a Proposal

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

Once you are ready to submit your proposal, log in hereIf you are not the primary presenter or a designee acting on his/her behalf, please ask the primary presenter (or designee) to complete the online forms in the name of the primary presenter.

If you don't have an ASA account yet you can create one here.

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 November 30, 2017 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 topics.
  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 - A 90-minute Symposium is an intensive panel discussion that focuses on broader educational topics, concepts or policies. Presenters come with advanced knowledge of the subject area and contribute different perspectives on such big-picture topics as program trends and innovations, policy and advocacy, changing service models, and technologies having an impact on aging services and experiences.

    • AV included: laptop, projector, screen, wired microphone for table or podium use.
    • Number of presenters: Minimum of 3 presenters; 4 or more encouraged.
    • CEUs Offered: 1.5

    60-minute Workshop - A 60-minute Workshop is a session that focuses on a single educational topic or concept and emphasizes 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, projector, screen, wired microphone for table or podium use.
    • Number of presenters: 2 or more presenters are required.
    • CEUs Offered: 1

    Peer Group - A Peer Group is a 60-minute informal, facilitated discussion. It allows participants an opportunity to network with peers who either share a community of practice, or are brought together by mutual interest in a specific issue or topic area.

    • No AV included
    • Number of facilitators: 2 or more facilitators are recommended.
    • CEUs Offered: 0

    Roundtable - A Roundtable session is a consultative, 60-minute discussion for small groups (up to 10 people), organized by a specific topic. A brief presentation of the core educational content is followed by guided discussion and dedicated time for questions and answers. The small group nature of this format allows for a more intimate, one-on-one interaction between attendees and presenters.

    • No AV included.
    • Number of presenters: 1 or more presenters.
    • CEUs Offered: 0

    Poster - A Poster Session is a 90-minute presentation of a poster highlighting educational content or topic related to data, research, evaluation or other topics appropriate for this type of format. A dedicated 90-minute period for poster presentations encourages attendees to give their attention to the presentations in their area of interest. The informal structure of poster sessions allows presenters to interact one-on-one with attendees or to address small groups.

    • No AV included
    • Number of presenters: 1 or more presenters.
    • CEUs Offered: 0

    Morning Exercise - Morning Exercise is a 60-minute group activity directed by a qualified practitioner, designed to physically and mentally energize conference participants. Taking place each morning before the start of conference sessions, exercises can include tai chi, aerobics, stretching, yoga and other low-impact exercises, the techniques of which can be adapted for use with older adults.

    • No AV included
    • Number of presenters: 1 or more practitioner.
    • CEUs Offered: 0

You will be asked to choose from the following topic areas when submitting your proposal:

You will be asked to select a specific topic category for your proposal, your topic may cross categories so please choose the category that is the best match.


Includes such topics as:

Aging in Community Adult Day Services, Age-Friendly/Livable Communities, Civic Engagement, Community Planning & Development, Emergency Preparedness, Fall Prevention, Financial Literacy, Home & Community-Based Services, Housing, Intergenerational Programs, Mobility, Rural Aging, Senior Centers, Supported Living, Veterans, Other Related Topics
Business & Leadership 50+ Marketplace, Business Best Practices (non-profit/for-profit), Business Development, Careers in Aging, Effective Communication, Leadership Development, Marketing/Communications, Mentorship, Older Adult Workforce, Retirement Planning/Finances, Staff Development, Skills Development (Budgeting, Grant Writing), Team Building, Other Related Topics
Caregiving Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias, Chronic Care, End of Life and Palliative Care, Family Caregiving, Homecare Services/Products, Long-Term Care, 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, Multi-Cultural Aging, Policy and Advocacy, Targeted Programs, Other Related Topics  
Health, Wellness & Care Transitions Chronic Disease Prevention/Management, Clinical Issues/Programs, Health Promotion, Hearing and/or Vision Loss, Hospitalization & Recovery, Polypharmacy/Medication Management, Nursing, Nutrition & Supplements, Occupational/Physical/Speech Therapies, Oral Health, Readmissions, Sexuality & Sexual Health, Social Determinants of Health, Other Related Topics 
Integrated Care Networks/Business Acumen Contracting, Service Delivery, Developing Network Partners, Evidence-Based Outcomes and Results, Market Analysis, Medical and Social Transitional Care, Organizational Culture Shift, Prevention of Readmissions, Rate Determination, Other Related Topics
Law & Aging Conservatorships/Guardianships, Durable Power of Attorney, Elder Mistreatment, Elder Justice, Estate Planning/Trusts/Wills, Financial Abuse/Fraud/Scams, Legal Statutes, Other Related Topics
Lifelong Learning & Engagement Arts, Brain Fitness/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/Interventions, Loneliness/Isolation, Substance Use and Abuse, Suicidality, Trauma/Trauma-Informed Practice, 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/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, Accessibility & Transportation Assistive Devices, Aging with Technology, Disabilities & Accessibility, Health IT, Innovative Models, Social Media Use, Transportation & Mobility, Universal Design, Other Related Topics

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