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Disruption to Transformation: Aging in the “New Normal”

Discover the newest innovations in research, clinical practice, and education across the broad array of disciplines that come together under gerontology’s big tent, from biosciences and psychology to policy and industry. With more than 500 scientific sessions, as well as posters, award-winning lecturers and other featured speakers, you’re guaranteed to learn about the latest cutting-edge scholarship and innovations in your own specialty, and gain valuable new insights into what’s happening across the spectrum of aging research.

GSA 2021 offers an unmatched breadth of high-level research, with more than 3,000 symposia, papers, and posters accepted this year. The breakdown:

  • 1,200 Symposia presentations
  • 700 Paper presentations
  • 1,400 Poster presentations

The abstracts include a broad range of scholarship focused on social and health equity, diversity, and inclusion. The past year, especially with the COVID-19 pandemic and increased social justice movements, has turned a harsh spotlight on issues related to inequities in health care, particularly among people of color, and systemic racism. More than 825 abstracts have been accepted that address social and health equity, diversity, and inclusion at this year’s Annual Scientific Meeting, including:

  • Almost 150 symposia
  • More than 325 Papers
  • Approximately 350 Posters 

The live online format allows scholars from the U.S. and around the world to share their scholarship. A video conference platform will be incorporated to maximize interaction and dialogue among attendees. 

  • Symposiua, paper, and poster presenters will be required to pre-record their presentations for on-demand viewing; this will enable registrants to access all scholarship presented, these presentations will be available until December 31, 2021.
  • Each symposium and paper session will be convened live using a video conferencing platform; session chairs will manage the live presentations and Q&A, and discussants will participate.
  • Poster sessions will be on-demand only with no live presentation; attendees will have the opportunity to engage in Q&A with presenters asynchronously.

Top 10 Topics at the GSA 2021 Annual Scientific Meeting

The Annual Scientific Meeting features the very latest scholarship on the most critical and timely topics facing the field of aging. The following topics have garnered the highest numbers of abstracts submitted for this year’s meeting:

  • Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias
  • COVID-19 Pandemic
  • Family Caregiving
  • Long-Term Care
  • Education and Training
  • Cognition
  • Social Isolation and Loneliness
  • Technology: Older Adult Interface and Use
  • Minority & Diverse Populations
  • Social Determinants of Health and Aging

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"I propose that the disruption that defined this past year offers us opportunities to make dramatic shifts in how we conduct research, how we view isolation and connection, how we deliver care to our most vulnerable populations and how we ensure equitable advancement among all of our GSA scholars... In the wake of this chaos, I hope that innovation can amplify the recovery. When the dust settles, instead of things returning to normal they could instead become a new normal, with more emphasis on 'new' than on 'normal.'"

— Theresa (Terri) Harvath, PhD, RN, FAAN, FGSA, President and Board of Directors Chair, GSA


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 than 3,500 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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