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 14th to 18th in Boston, MA. All abstracts which fall under the conference theme of “The Purposes of Longer Lives” are welcome. Topics of interest include (but are not limited to) older adults’: social capital, connectedness, loneliness, isolation, or integration; quality of life; or psychosocial well-being.


Please send a provisional title and an abstract of up to 200 words to Jessica Bibbo at


The submission deadline is 8 PM (EST) February 12th, 2018.


Decisions will be sent to all applicants by February 23rd, 2018. 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