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Aging with Passion & Purpose Conference Information

Aging with Passion & Purpose:
Aging Well in the Age of Technology

October 20-21, 2013
Omaha, Nebraska

The submission deadline was April 15.

Conference Purpose: The purpose of this fourth biennial conference on aging–Aging with Passion and Purpose: Aging Well in the Age of Technology–is to bring together professionals, administrators, service-providers, researchers, educators and students, caregivers, older adults, baby boomers, and others to gain awareness of how technology, in all of its forms, can impact the lives of individuals as they age by maximizing independence and quality of life. The conference experience will provide attendees opportunities to share and learn knowledge and deepen their understanding of possibilities and also to connect with persons who have similar interests and goals in the field of aging. CEUs will be offered at this event.

As a presenter at the Aging with Passion and Purpose conference, you will have the opportunity to:

  • share knowledge, ideas, and experiences with colleagues and other interested parties;
  • network with professionals across disciplines;
  • learn what new research says about technology in all facets of the aging process;
  • provide and earn continuing education units;
  • build your résumé or curriculum vitae.

Conference Theme: Aging with Passion and Purpose: Aging Well in the Age of Technology.

This conference will explore the technologies available to age well.

Conference Topics: Conference sessions will address relevant research and practice in each of the following dimensions of aging.

  • Living Better with Technology – smarthouses, aging in place, assistive technology, distance education, downsizing living space, transportation
  • Empowering Older Adults to Use Technology – educational programs; hands-on training, access to hardware and software
  • Transforming Healthcare through Technology – science, telehealth, telemedicine, neuroscience, prosthetics, bioinformatics, electronic health records
  • Accessing Resources with Technology – information and assistance, information and referral, specialized assistance/new occupations
  • Creating Community via Technology – social media, cloud computing, telecommunications, web communications
  • Supporting Creativity and Spirituality with Technology – live streaming, presentation aids, interaction opportunities, device aided design

Presentation Formats:

  • Oral/Paper (single paper session including question and answer period)
  • Poster (wall poster maximum size of 4ʹ X 6ʹ)
  • Panel (three individuals with one moderator to address different perspectives/responses to a specific topic in a question/answer format)
  • Workshop (presenter(s)/Facilitator(s) involving practical, interactive, hands-on learning opportunities for participants to build new skills
  • Symposium (multiple paper session, up to 3 presenters, 20 minutes length for each presenter)

Submission Process: The deadline for submission was April 15.

An email will be sent to all primary presenters notifying them of acceptance or regrets. Primary presenters are asked to notify fellow participants.

Terms of Agreement: All presenters will need to register for the conference and will be responsible for registration fees and travel expenses.

Submission/Acceptance Deadlines

Deadline for submission: 5:00 p.m. CDT, April 15, 2013
Acceptance/regrets notification sent: on or before May 24, 2013
Presenter confirmation of invitation: June 7, 2013
Early registration deadline for conference: September 20, 2013
Final registration deadline for conference: October 14, 2013
Conference Dates: October 20-21, 2013

Criteria for Selection: The method of selection used for submissions will be a peer review process among the conference planning committee. Presentation proposals will be assessed using the following criteria:

  • Relevance of topic to conference theme/purpose
  • Inclusion/Relevance of technology content
  • Clarity of written abstract and presentation information
  • Originality of ideas and/or methods
  • Appropriateness of research methods and/or conceptual foundation
  • Applied implications or significance to field (e.g., research, policy, education, practice)

For more information please visit the conference website at; call the UNO Department of Gerontology at (402) 554-2272; or email us at