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Multicultural Aging

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Multicultural Aging

Will S. 744—also known as the controversial 2013 immigration bill that is now under consideration by Congress—affect the caregiver and clinical workforce that is sorely needed to take care of America’s growing older adult population? Can telemedicine help diabetic elders in rural areas get faster and better care? If Bangladesh can become an Age-Friendly City, what about your city or town? Will the Affordable Care Act have a positive impact on health disparities among lower income elders? Can we teach long-term-care workers to treat all elders with respect, no matter their culture? ASA works hard to foster diversity and cultural competence. This page gathers that information—from LGBTQ legal issues to end-of-life beliefs among American Indians—so you can use it to help build the best programs and models that elevate, celebrate, support and care for multi-cultural populations. 


Online Learning: ASA members have free access to all web seminars.

Network on Multicultural AgingThe Network on Multicultural Aging (NOMA) is a national community of individuals and organizations who are concerned with diversity and working toward cultural competence on all levels

LGBT Aging Issues Network: The LGBT Aging Issues Network (LAIN) works to raise awareness about the concerns of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) elders and about the unique barriers they encounter in gaining access to housing, healthcare, long-term care and other needed services. 


A Message to the President on Aging Policy

ASA Board Chair Bob Blancato, who is president of Matz, Blancato & Associates in Washington D.C. as well as a current AARP Board member, has an article on The Huffington Post concerning the new issue of ASA’s journal, Generations. The issue covers a comprehensive range of policy matters pertinent to older people as the new administration gets underway.

Aging in America 2012 Call for Proposals Deadline -- Extended to July 5 @ 6pm PDT

Event Date: 
07.05.2011 12:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Time Zone: 
(GMT-08:00) Pacific Time
Short Description: 

Deadline to submit a proposal to present at the 2012 Aging in America Conference

Full Description: 

DEADLINE EXTENDED! Submit before 6pm PDT on July 5

If you have a best-practice program, area of expertise, research or innovation you wish to share with more than 3000 professionals in the field of aging, the Aging in America conference, scheduled for March 28-April 1, 2012 in Washington, DC, is the place to do it. 

ASA Chicagoland Roundtable - Reaching and Serving Older Diverse and Isolated Elders, and Their Communities

Event Date: 
02.02.2018 08:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Time Zone: 
(GMT-06:00) Central Time
Event Location
Address 1: 
Rush University Medical Center
Address 2: 
1725 W Harrison St, Elevator II, 5th Floor, Room 5
Short Description: 

Roundtable on serving diverse and isolated elders

Full Description: 

This Round Table will concentrate on the challenges of serving diverse and isolated elders who experience health disparities and access to care challenges due to racial, sexual orientation or cultural status. It will explain the issue and offer both concern and successes in meeting the needs of communities.

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Mary Killough
Chief Development Officer
Gereda Homecare 


Ms Killough develops and assesses new market initiatives, and analyzes business opportunities for Gerda Homecare. 

She is former Deputy Director of the Illinois Department on Aging, serving 2.5 million older adults, and was responsible for formulating policy, and  implementating programs and services as well as maintaining effective working relationships with other state, federal and local units of government, Illinois General Assembly, labor unions and community organizations. 

Ms Killough received her law degree from Notre Dame.




Dheeraj Mahajan, MD, FACP, CMD, CIC, CHCQM
President and CEO
CIMPAR Group of companies
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine
University of Illinois at Chicago

An attending physician in Geriatrics at Hines VA hospital, Dr. Mahajan is a Fellow of American College of Physicians and Board certified in Internal Medicine and Geriatric Medicine.  Additionally, Dr Mahajan is a certified medical director, a certified physician advisor in utilization review and healthcare quality management and is certified in infection control and epidemiology. He is a nationally recognized speaker on value based care, utilization management, clinical documentation improvement, post-acute care and transitional care quality improvement.  

Dr. Mahajan is a staunch advocate for healthcare equity and has written book chapter on culturally effective care and health disparity.




Maria D. Oquendo-Scharneck
Health and Diversity Coordinator
AgeOptions, Oak Park, IL

Maria is statewide coordinator for the Illinois Pathways to Health referral system, leading implementation of the Take Charge of Your Health programs, and a Master Trainer in the Spanish culturally adapted Tomando Control de su Salud and Manejo Personal de Diabetes programs.

She represents AgeOptions as a member of the Cook County Department of Public Health’s Alliance for Health and Active Communities Strategy and Support Team; is a board member of Illinois Community Health and Aging Collaborative and a member of the Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity Clinical Workgroup, and a graduate of ASA's New Ventures in Leadership. 

Kelly Rice
Program Manager for Intensive Community Care Services
Howard Brown Health

Ms Rice oversees an Illinois Division of Rehabilitative Services Home Services Program and the Ryan White Part A Medical Case Management program. An active member of the Aging Committee at HBH, she is overseeing a comprehensive health-focused aging needs assessment for the older Chicago LGBTQ communities.

Kelly is a member of the Chicago LGBTQ Aging Network, AIDS Foundation of Chicago Case Management Leadership Council, ASA Chicago Roundtable Planning Committee, and the ASA LAIN Council. 

Registration is free, and requested, to attend. Only complete the application form if you have no record. Otherwise, please log in. For assistance with registration, contact Jutka at

All ASA members are welcome at this free event.

 Local contact: Mary Lou Tomecek Baker, 312-942-2053 

Summit on Livable Communities

Summit on Livable Communities: Planners & Aging Network Professionals Working Together to Plan Livable Communities for All Ages

Sponsored by

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Start : 10:00 AM Pacific
End : 11:00 AM Pacific

Presented by ASA's Network on Multicultural Aging (NOMA)

ASA Members: Register now for FREE

Not a Member? Join ASA or register for this event for $49

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Start : 10:00 AM Pacific
End : 11:00 AM Pacific

Part of the Family Caregiver Support Series, sponsored by Home Instead Senior Care®

Register now for FREE

Includes complimentary CEUs*

*This web seminar is approved for AoTA contact hours in addition to CEUs approved for all ASA web seminars

Baby Boomers are at High Risk for Hepatitis C

posted 11.07.2017

By Andrew Reynolds

Over the past several years, there has been a lot of interest in hepatitis C (HCV)—television commercials about new HCV drugs, increased media coverage on drug prices and even discussion among presidential candidates.For a disease called the “silent epidemic,” that’s a fair share of attention.

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Providing Specifically Designed Services for LGBT Elders & Traditional Services Welcoming to All

posted 10.31.2017

By Kathy Greenlee

One of the highlights of my seven years of service as U.S. Assistant Secretary for Aging was the op­portunity to travel just about everywhere in the United States, and to visit wonder­ful programs for older adults.

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