The 2009 International Conference on Aging in the Americas uses research to augment knowledge about dimensions of healthy aging for people of Hispanic and Latin American descent and to foster emerging scholars in the field.
The conference, Sept. 15-17, is free and open to the public. Register online.
The Conference Series on Aging in the Americas has several goals, one is to promote interdisciplinary collaboration by gathering a broad array of researchers in the fields of Hispanic health, health care policy, and behavioral and social aspects of aging into a single forum to exchange ideas and foster collaborative efforts aimed at addressing key issues affecting the health of aged Latinos. The conference research agenda is unique in its focus on the aging population in the United States and Mexico and has important implications for the health and well-being of older Hispanic adults and their families.
The first conference, "Aging in the Americas: Critical Social Policy Issues," took place in 2001 and explored the consequences of changing population processes, including migration, on the economic dependency of Hispanic individuals.
The Second Conference on Aging in the Americas was held in 2005. While a wide variety of issues and opinions were covered at the second conference, three themes stood out: there is a Hispanic aging boom driven in part by the fact that Hispanics live longer than non-Hispanic whites; longer years of life for Hispanics do not translate into healthier years of life; and for many Hispanic populations, particularly those residents of the U.S.-Mexico border, aging must be understood in a bi-national context.
Click here for a PDF of a media advisory on the 2009 International Conference on Aging in the Americas.