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U.S. Assistant Secretary for Aging Josefina G. Carbonell To Speak at the 2008 NHCOA Conference

U.S. Assistant Secretary for Aging Josefina G. Carbonell will speak at the 2008 National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA) Conference in Albuquerque, N.M. Carbonell will address Hispanic older adults at the Expo: Plaza del Intercambio and will speak at the Conference’s luncheon on Thursday, November 6th entitled, “Unleashing the Best of Us: Living to our Full Potential.”

“Like all elders, Hispanic elders want to live at home, be healthy and active, and remain engaged in their communities and give back to their country. I look forward to participating in the NHCOA Conference and sharing and learning strategies for helping Hispanic elders attain these goals and live up to their full potential,” stated Assistant Secretary Carbonell.

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 honored that Assistant Secretary Carbonell will be sharing her thoughts on the Hispanic aging community and what we as a country need to do to prepare for this growing population,” said NHCOA President and CEO, Dr. Yanira Cruz.

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, political, academic, community, and corporate leaders, including other professionals that are concerned about aging policies and programs.

NHCOA is the nation’s premier constituency-based organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for the Hispanic/Latino older adults, their families, and their communities.

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 the provision of technical support and financial assistance to community-based organizations serving Hispanic older adults.