Our 7th Annual Senior Conference is free and open to the public.  

Friday, October 25th, 2019 * 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Via Health, Fitness & Enrichment Center (Midtown, Mobile)

For 6 years, leading organizations devoted to successful aging and experts in the field of aging have partnered to bring the community an amazing learning experience.  Join us as hundreds of older adults come together for our Generational Resiliency Conference.  This year’s focus will be on the successful components of aging in the following areas: finance, technology, health, faith and social.   Breakfast, lunch, conference goody bags and door prizes provided.  This event is free and open to the public.  Please invite your church, civic groups and/or other organization!


8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.    Breakfast/Exhibitor Time

9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.   Keynote Speaker & Panel Discussion Featuring AARP Assistant State Director of Community Outreach Dorothy Dorton and USA Professor & Chair of Sociology, Anthropology                                      & Social Work and Center for Generational Studies Academic Director Dr. Roma Hanks

10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Break Out Sessions

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Lunch/Exhibitor Time

12:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Break Out Sessions

2:30 p.m. -   3:00 p.m. Wrap Up/Door Prizes

Click Here for Information and Registration 


About the Center for Generational Studies:

Founded in 2011 through a partnership between the University of South Alabama Programs in Gerontology and the Via Health, Fitness and Enrichment Center (Via is a community-based, multi-purpose center for older adults facilitating the practice of preventative healthcare, physical fitness, continuous learning, socialization and recreation).

  • The Via Center is utilized as a living laboratory to research and create solutions for similar issues (diseases, social problems) among youth, older adults and families
  • Focus areas include: increasing community based services; professional and volunteer training; multi-generational approaches in research and program delivery; and research to keep people and families healthy across generations


Internship Programs

USA students are placed for internships in various programs at the Via Center

Funded research grant through the National Institutes of Health and Gulf Health Policy Center

USA Intergenerational Recreation and Wellness Course
A partnership with the Via Center and the Mobile Housing Board, students develop health, education and recreation programs for older adults to improve their health, functional abilities, independence and overall quality of life. Activities include an annual “Intergenerational Day.”

Intergenerational Programs
Song Ministry - area home-schooled youth ages 8-14 sing with older adults each week
High School Outreach - students from Murphy and St. Paul’s High Schools socialize with adult daycare clients, playing games, watching movies and reading weekly
MFuge – nationwide group of student volunteers, ages 12-18, spend Wednesdays from June through August doing arts and crafts projects and other activities with older adults
Community-based Activities – students from surrounding elementary schools participate in an annual Mardis Gras parade with adult daycare clients
Art Program - students from St. Paul’s complete art projects with adult daycare clients

Neighbor-to-Neighbor Program
A partnership between the Via Center and HandsOn South Alabama, this program utilizes specially trained volunteers of all ages to help elderly neighbors keep their independence through telephone calls to monitor their safety, general health and well-being.


Dr. Roma Hanks
Academic/Research Director
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Barbara Estes
Director of Resource Development
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