The biennial Cognitive Aging Conference is the premier conference for presentation of research about aging and cognition based on experimental cognitive psychology, cognitive neuroscience of aging, human factors and ergonomics, and longitudinal studies of age-related cognitive change, its correlates, and determinants.
The next Cognitive Aging Conference will be held in Atlanta, Georgia on April 7-10th, 2022.
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Notification on COVID-19 and CAC 2022
Update: COVID-19 Mitigation at the Cognitive Aging Conference 2022
It appears that the new Omicron variant, BA.2, is taking over as the dominant variant in U.S. infections, lagging Europe and the UK by about 3-4 weeks. However, new infection rates are relatively low at present. Current projections do not necessarily involve a new wave or spike, as with the first Omicron variant. Some are predicting a relatively small increase in new infections and instead a lengthening of the time before the virus’ effects return to a low baseline. In truth, no one knows for sure. See https://www.cnn.com/2022/03/29/health/ba-2-dominant-us/index.html
However, signs are positive. It therefore appears that we can proceed with the meeting having reasonable confidence that it will not be a spreader event!
However, out of an abundance of caution we ask the following:
- Please be vaccinated and boosted if at all possible. Vaccination almost completely eliminates the likelihood of serious illness from this variant. The CDC just announced availability of a 2nd booster shot for those over the age of 50. It should be available prior to the start of the conference. Anyone who has not received a first booster shot should do so before the conference.
- People should wear N95 or KN95 masks during the conference to protect those among us who are immune compromised or at special risk given chronic illnesses such as diabetes. At minimum, a cloth mask should be worn. Masks are especially recommended during poster sessions, which can get a bit crowded, and social events. Masks can be removed as needed, including to speak at the podium, consume food or beverages, or given physical discomfort. Nevertheless, mask wearing is our best defense against the spreading the virus. Recent data indicate a 30% or more reduction in the likelihood of infection for those wearing masks, and the mask is mainly about preventing you from spreading the virus to others.
- Many Omicron infections are extremely mild or even asymptomatic. So you shouldn’t decide to forgo wearing masks because you “feel fine.” And of course, symptoms often lag infectious states by hours if not days. You can be capable of infecting others without feeling sick yourself.
- If you do become ill during the conference, please get a COVID-19 test, inform us and the hotel, and self-quarantine.
- We will not be checking vaccination status, etc. Instead we are relying on you to help protect yourself and everyone else by behaving responsibly.
We look forward to seeing you in 1 week!
Coordinator, Cognitive Aging Conference 2022