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Conference to grapple with rapid growth rate of the aging Hispanic population; discuss challenges and strategize on what we as a country must start planning and doing now

WHO: The National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA), the premier national organization working to improve the lives of Hispanic older adults, their families, and their communities.

WHAT: The NHCOA 2008 Annual Conference, “Transforming the Future of Aging: Sharing the Best of Us to Empower Hispanic Older Adults and their Families” – three stimulating days of town halls, workshops, luncheons, and dialogue sessions on health, economic security, housing, civic engagement, caregivers, grandparents raising grandchildren, and the general wellbeing of Hispanic older adults and their families.

WHEN: TUESDAY, NOV. 4 through FRIDAY, NOV. 7, 2008

WHERE: The Hotel Albuquerque in Old Town Albuquerque , New Mexico

WHY: Because at this very moment the Hispanic community is at the epicenter of large-scale change in America . We know now that developing sound, reality -based policies—anticipating challenges before they overwhelm us, and seizing opportunities from the get-go—is the key to our society’s future strength.

Q. What’s the emergency?

A. Data have revealed that aging Hispanics show a greater predisposition for many chronic diseases and for Alzheimer’s, less by way of retirement security, and longer life spans than non-Hispanic whites—and by far the fastest-growing elderly population in the U.S. is Hispanic . Our mainstream social and medical infrastructures, though, are not ready to meet their needs. We must chart a course now to ensure this large, vulnerable community’s physical, mental, and economic wellbeing.

Q. Where do the answers lie?

A. In the Hispanic community! The demographic reality is that Hispanics are also the most youthful group in America , distinguished for their strong work ethic and cultural emphasis on family. It is this vast labor force that will support U.S. retirees of the future, and leadership will come from within the Hispanic community itself.

Q. What’s the first step?

A. Bring our voices, experience, compassion, and brains to NHCOA’s 2008 Annual Conference, where policy makers, healthcare providers, researchers, politicians, journalists, grassroots activists, older adults, and caring families are coming together for three days of unprecedented aging-issues discussions, coalition-building, and empowerment!