Developing leadership, knowledge, and skills to address the challenges and opportunities of a diverse aging society

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Quick Question: Are you ready to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse aging society?
posted 12.27.2012

America's population is growing increasingly diverse, and the proportion of older adults from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds is reflecting this change. In 2010 people of color made up 20 percent of the population age 65 and older, and by 2050, that percentage is expected to more than double. Do you and your organization have the resources, skills and knowledge to meet the needs of America's diverse aging population? Many responding to this question indicated that your organizations were evolving to keep up with changing needs of this population, but indicated that funding for new services, programs and staff training were challenges. 

ASA is committed to providing resources, education and training to diverse professionals in the field of aging to help them provide quality programs, resources and services to diverse older adults, reduce racial and other disparities, and effectively support major shifts in the aging population. 

Aging in America

The 2013 Aging in America Conference highlights diversity and multicultural aging in dozens of sessions and events including a half-day diversity summit, a general session and national forum on global aging, policy lectures highlighting communities of color, the New Ventures in Leadership program and much more.

ASA’s Diversity Summit: New Perspectives  on Diversity, Inclusion and Cultural Competency
Saturday, March 16 | 8:00 am–Noon

National Forum on Global Aging
Friday, March 15 | 1:00–5:00 pm

Improving the Services and Supports Offered to LGBT Older Adults
Friday, March 15 | 1:00–5:00 pm

ASA Chairs' Policy Lectures
Dates and times vary

Best Practices and Programs in Mental Health and Aging Serving Diverse Elders in Diverse Settings
Wednesday, March 13 | 8:00 am–2:30 pm

Multicultural Aging: Building Bridges to Understand Differences
Wednesday, March 13 | 8:00 am–12:30 pm

The Spirit in Aging: Supporting the Spiritual Journey of Aging in Diverse Settings
Thursday, March 14 | 8:00 am–5:30 pm

Diversity in Aging: Intersections of Multiple Identities
Thursday, March 14 | 1:00–4:00 pm

More Resources from AgeBlog

Diversity and Our Common Future: Race, Ethnicity, and the Older American
By Judith Treas and Daisy Carreon

Creating a Safe Harbor for African American LGBT Elders 
By Daniel Redman and Imani Woody

Culture Diversity and Elder Abuse: Implications for Research, Education, and Policy
By XinQi Dong

Older Immigrants Face Multiple Hurdles to Health Equity
By Steven P. Wallace

On-going Challenges for Ethnically Diverse Informal Family Caregivers in a Changing Economy
By Gregory J. Harris

Difficult Economic Times Continue to Have Profound Impact on LGBT Elders
By Amber Hollibaugh

Diverse Elders Coalition Releases Report and News Blog on the Policy Barriers Facing Elders of Color and LGBT Elders

Landmark meeting held to reduce disparities in care for LGBT elders of color
By Laurens Van Sluytman and Victor Pond

Creative Thinking Needed to Meet Long-Term Care Needs of Increasingly Diverse Elder Populations
by Jean C. Accius


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