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The National Hispanic Council on Aging to hold National Conferencein Albuquerque, New Mexico in November 2008

The National Hispanic Council on Aging to hold National Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico in November 2008

Organization focused on improving the lives of Hispanic older adults will bring national experts to discuss issues that directly impact Hispanic seniors and their families.

Washington, D.C. (August 20, 2008) – The National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA) and officials from the City of Albuquerque will hold a press conference at 10 a.m. on Friday, August 22nd at the Barelas Senior Center, 714 7th Street SW, to announce that Albuquerque will be the host city for the 2008 NHCOA Annual National Conference and to share information on the state of Hispanic seniors in Albuquerque and nationwide.

This year’s conference is entitled – “Transforming the Future of Aging: Sharing the Best of Us to Empower Hispanic Older Adults and their Families” and will be held from Nov. 4-7 at the Hotel Albuquerque in Old Town.

“We are thrilled to be coming to Albuquerque and the state of New Mexico,” said NHCOA President and CEO Dr. Yanira Cruz. “New Mexico is a great fit for our conference because the state does an excellent job of directing and offering programs to older adults. In many ways they are a leader in this field.”

The 2008 NHCOA Conference will offer three vibrant days of professional development, information-sharing, community-building, and networking with national experts in the field of aging, and other professionals, including political, academic, community, and corporate leaders.

“We are excited to have been selected the host city for the 2008 NHCOA Conference,” said Mayor Martin Chávez. “It has been a priority for the city to offer quality programs for our seniors and to ensure that they enjoy and utilize the unlimited resources available to them.”As the nation’s leading advocate for Hispanic older adults, NHCOA focuses on the following program priorities: health promotion and disease prevention, financial security and civic engagement, policy, leadership development, education and housing. NHCOA’s policy priorities include addressing health disparities, promoting economic security, ensuring availability of affordable and elder accessible housing, and building stronger and more cohesive communities through provision of technical support and financial assistance to community-based organizations serving Hispanic older adults.

For more information on the conference and the organization, please visit www.nhcoa.org.