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The 2010 International Conference on Aging in the Americas Sept. 15-17

Conference to focus on Disability, Care-giving, and Long-Term Care Policy for Large Aging Mexican-Origin Population in U.S. and Mexico During National Hispanic Heritage Month

 
Austin, TX, July, 30 2010--The LBJ School of Public Affairs will present “The 2010 International Conference on Aging in the Americas” (ICAA), on September 15-17, 2010 at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center at The University of Texas at Austin campus. The 2010 Conference, scheduled during National Hispanic Heritage Month, is the fourth installment in the Conference Series on Aging in the Americas, a successful series of meetings on aging in the Hispanic population established in 2001 at The University of Texas at Austin. This year’s conference will focus on the topic “Issues of Disability, Care-giving, and Long-term Care Policy.”
 
The fourth installment of the conference series will provide an unique opportunity for leading scientists involved in the study of Latino health and aging to set the research agenda from a bi-national perspective on a large and rapidly growing segment of the population in the United States and in Mexico that has been long overlooked.
 
The field of Latino health and aging in particular is urgently calling for research from an interdisciplinary and comparative perspective to inform public health interventions related to disease prevention and to identify improvements to public health systems that will protect the health and well-being of this understudied group,” said LBJ School Professor Jacqueline Angel, a distinguished scholar on the impact of social policy on the well-being of aging Latinos and other vulnerable groups. “The overall aging of the Mexican-origin population in the United States and Mexico is one of the most significant policy issues confronting families today and the growth of the older Hispanic population in Texas and its ties to Mexico has far reaching implications for the costs of health and long-term care.
 
Keynote presenters include: Dr. Eduardo Sanchez, Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Texas; Dr. William Vega, Executive Director for the Edward R. Roybal Institute on Aging at the University of Southern California; and Dr. Fernando Torres-Gil, Director for the Center for Policy Research on Aging at t he University of California, Los Angeles.
 
This latest conference is organized by leading scholars in minority aging which include Jacqueline Angel, and Drs. Keith Whitfield, Kyriakos Markides and Fernando Torres-Gil, and is guided by an Advisory Group comprised of eight leading scholars in Hispanic health and aging from across the U.S. and Mexico, and emphasizes the intersection of biological, behavioral and social issues pertaining to the older Hispanic population.
 
The conference will take place during National Hispanic Heritage Month. In September 1968, Congress authorized President Lyndon B. Johnson to proclaim National Hispanic Heritage Week, which was observed during the week that included Sept. 15 and Sept. 16. The observance was expanded in 1988 to a month-long celebration. National Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates Hispanic Americans and the anniversaries of independence for the Latin American countries of Costa Rico, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua as well as Mexico’s independence on September 16.
 
The conference will also include a poster session for students conducting research on social, psychological, and biological factors that impact the health and long-term care of Hispanic elders. Prizes will be awarded for outstanding research projects.
 
For more information on the fourth International Conference on Aging in the Americas, including a preliminary agenda, visit: http://www.utexas.edu/lbj/caa/2010/
 
More on Hispanic population in the U.S.
As of July 1, 2007, the estimated Hispanic population in America was 45.5 million, making people of Hispanic origin the nation’s largest ethnic or race minority, representing 15% of the nation’s total population. (For more information on Hispanic demographics in the U.S., visit the U.S. Census Bureau’s Web site.) This vital conference will provide the opportunity for scientists involved in the study of Latino health and aging to set the research agenda on a large and growing segment of the U.S. population that has long been overlooked.  
  
More on the Conference on Aging in the Americas series
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 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. For more information, including a conference summary report, visit: http://www.utexas.edu/lbj/caa/index.php.
 
The second conference 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. For more information on the second conference, including a conference summary report, abstracts, videos and transcripts, visit http://www.utexas.edu/lbj/caa/research.php.
 
The third conference was held in 2009 and examined the biobehavioral underpinnings and social interaction on Hispanic health. Conference participants deduced what was lacking in the research in order to develop effective health care policy in the Mexican-origin population. The conference shed new light on the need for a collaborative effort in investigating Hispanic health and the protective role of immigration and family.
 
For more information, including a conference summary, conference report, and feedback from conference attendees, visit: http://www.utexas.edu/lbj/caa/2009downloads.php