The Human-Animal Interaction (HAI) Interest Group of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) is calling for abstracts for talks to be included in a symposium centered on HAI and aging. The symposium will be submitted to GSA’s Scientific Meeting which will take place November 13th to 17th in Austin, TX. All abstracts which fall under the conference theme of “Strength in Age – Harnessing the Power of Social Networks” are welcome. Topics of interest include (but are not limited to) older adults and: pets as social capital, pets as social facilitators, AAA/AAT as a facilitator of social support/interaction, intergenerational interaction, pets and hospice/palliative care, etc.

Please send a provisional title and an abstract of up to 250 words to Jessica Bibbo at

The submission deadline is 8 PM (EST) March 8th, 2019.

Decisions will be sent to all applicants by March 11th, 2019. Acceptance in the symposium does not guarantee acceptance for presentation at the GSA Scientific Meeting. Accepted talks will be part of a symposium submission which will undergo the meeting’s peer-review process. For more information email Jessica Bibbo at