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The American Society on Aging (ASA) conference is a major event in the aging field and NHCOA is pleased to be presenting during the conference.  The conference will open Sunday, March 20 and will continue until Thursday, March 24  in  Washington, D.C. at the Marriott Park and Omni Shoreham Hotels. Over these five days, people from across the U.S. and abroad will get together to engage and explore issues that are affecting our adult population.  Dr. Yanira Cruz, President and CEO of the National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA), the leading national organization working to improve the lives of Hispanic older adults, their families and their caregivers, has been invited to participate in this important event.  “I am honored to participate in this conference,” stated Dr. Cruz, “not only to share my knowledge, but also to engage and learn about what is being done in the aging community.”

On Monday, March 21st, Dr. Cruz will participate in the 2016 Panel of Pundits. This panel will be focused on the Presidential Campaigns and how they affect older adults nationwide.  During this panel Dr. Cruz and other aging experts will weigh in on the Presidential and other national campaigns across the country and their impact on the nation’s older adults.  Issues to be addressed during this panel will include how the outcome will affect the Affordable Care Act and the Older Americans Act, among others.

In addition, on Thursday morning, March  22, Dr. Cruz will participate in  the “Getting in the Game: Diverse Elders and Civic Engagement” symposium, joining representatives from Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE), the National Indian Council on Aging, the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center and the National Asian Pacific Center on Aging (NAPCA).  The symposium will focus on the increasing diversity among the nation’s seniors in terms of race, ethnicity and sexual orientation and the disparities and challenges these groups face.  Presenters at the symposium will talk about specific challenges facing diverse groups and best practices to engage these communities. ‘

We invite you to join us for these exciting and important conversations to learn not only about the issues affecting Hispanic older adults, but also the older adult population in general.  We hope to see you there!