About the Aging Conference...


  • Broaden the dialogue within our West Michigan region on the positive potentials of later life and holistic approaches to healthy aging
  • Serve as an interdisciplinary and inter-professional forum of research on aging topics and best practices in working with and for the older adult



Each year the Art & Science of Aging conference:

  • Focuses on a timely THEME
  • Features a national expert on this theme as the KEYNOTE SPEAKER
  • Offers a series of 1-hour SESSIONS by other presenters (faculty and professionals) on aging-related research and best practices topics consistent with the theme
  • Hosts a PLENARY session to bring all participants back together in celebrating some positive role models of our selected theme
  • Offers students a venue to display their research on aging in POSTER PRESENTATIONS
  • Offers local VENDORS a setting where they can present aging theme-relevant services or products 
  • Registered participants enjoy a BUFFET LUNCHEON.
  • LOW Registration fees,  in order to encourage wide participation 
  • ON-LINE registration
  • The conference is underwritten in part by support from the GVSU Provost’s Office and a grant from MSU’s GERIATRIC EDUCATION CENTER OF MICHIGAN


Who is our audience?

The conference seeks to enrich the aging-related knowledge base of:

  • Faculty and students
  • Community professionals who deal with older adults in health, social service, housing and aging-network settings. 
  • Older adults themselves,  who are looking to learn more and share more of the aging experience
  • The general public


What about 2014? 

  • When:  February 14, 2014, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
  • Where:  GVSU’s Richard M. DeVos Center, Loosemore Auditorium
  • What:  The 2014 theme is THE HEART & SOUL OF AGING WELL
  • Cost:  $25.00 for the general public, $20.00 for students and those 60+, and $15.00 for groups paying for ten attendees or more on the same check/credit card.
  • Continuing Education Credits: ALL attendees seeking Continuing Education Credits should note that they will require an additional $15.00 fee that can be paid in conjunction with the registration fee.

* For Social Workers - Grand Valley State University School of Social Work is an approved provider with the Michigan Social Work Continuing Education Collaborative-Provider MICEC-0004. Participants may receive up to 5 continuing education clock hours.

* For Nurses - there are up to 5 credit hours available to be earned.

* Therapeutic Recreation - CEU's are available this year. Specific sessions are pending approval.

* Occupational Therapy - CEU's are available this year. Specific sessions are pending approval.


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