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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. 


ASA Chicago Roundtable–Growing needs, shrinking resources: An update from the field

Event Date: 
09.23.2011 08:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Time Zone: 
(GMT-06:00) Central Time
Event Location
Address 1: 
600 S Paulina St Rm 994
Address 2: 
Armour Academic Center, Rush University Medical Ce
Short Description: 

ASA Chicago Roundtable: You're Invited—And Bring a Friend

Full Description: 

Our shifting financial landscape has resulted in changes to resources and programs available to older adults all across our country. Concurrently, the number of those needing help has increased—while for support organizations who meet those needs has declined.

Join us at this interactive session to learn how these changes are impacting our federal, state, and local services for older adults. As a panel, speakers will provide a snapshot of changes in their realm, forecast the coming year, and offer suggestions for working together and weathering difficult times.


Jim Varpness, Regional Administrator, Region 5, Administration on Aging

Michael Gelder, Interim Director, Illinois Department on Aging

Lucia Jones, Executive Director, Northeastern Illinois Area Agency on Aging

All are welcome at this free event, however registration is required.

Save the dates for 2011–2012 Chicagoland Roundtables:

  • Registration for Aging in America 2012 Opens in October!
  • Friday, December 2, 2011—Serving People with Dementia: Tools and Resources to Support You and Your Clients
  • Friday, February 2, 2012—A Discussion on Entitlements

CNYGEC: Brooklyn Core Day 1 - Working with Older People

Event Date: 
10.19.2011 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Time Zone: 
(GMT-05:00) Eastern Time
Event Location
Address 1: 
Maimonides Medical Center
Address 2: 
4802 Tenth Avenue, Conference Room 2C
Short Description: 

Interprofessional Education in Geriatrics and Gerontology for Healthcare Professionals

Full Description: 

GEC seminars are aimed at improving and expanding geriatric healthcare, particularly for low-income, multi-ethnic and underserved older adult population. We offer innovative and interactive seminars on a wide range of issues, health conditions and service delivery models to healthcare professionals, academic leaders, and others who offer services to older adults.

Topics for the day will be:

Overview on Aging, Entitlements and Financial Issues, Health Literacy, Effective Communciations/Sensory Changes with Aging, Mental Health and Aging, Hearing Aids workshop

Participants in this seminar will be able to:

  • Identify some of the unique issues and challenges older people face.
  • Identify the demographic imperative to learn basic principles of geriatrics.
  • Recognize the 4 barrier domains to good communication with older adults: physical, cognitive, psychological, and socio-cultural.
  • List techniques to use to break the barriers to communication with older adults.
  • Tell how culture and health literacy affects health and end of life outcomes.
  • Apply tools for effective communication across cultural barriers at end of life.
  • Recall how cultural diversity may impede effective service delivery.
  • Identify how the presence of even one geriatric syndrome can affect an older person’s ability to meet new medical challenges.
  • Identify the most common behavioral health problems experienced by older adults.
  • Identify clinical and psychosocial treatments which aid this recovery of older adults
    with behavioral health need.


What do Service Providers Expect from Cultural Competency Training?

posted 09.15.2011

Those of us in the advocacy world have lots of ideas about what service providers 'need to know' about cultural competency and 'how' it should be delivered. However, there is little information about what service providers want from CCT (e.g., format, length of time, willingness to pay for training, average time spent per year doing cultural competency training (CCT)).

ASA Awards: 2006 Winners

Hall of Fame Award

Robert H. Binstock, Ph.D.

ASA Award

Larry J. Polivka, Ph.D.

ASA Awards: 2007 Winners

Hall of Fame Award

Carol Estes

ASA Award

Barbara Kennelly

ASA Awards: 2008 Winners

Hall of Fame Award

James J. Callahan, Ph.D.

ASA Award

Mae Carpenter

More Than 40 Years of ASA Awards

Awards History

The ASA Awards have a rich history of honoring pioneers, leaders, emerging stars, and innovative programs in the field of aging.

ASA Awards: 2009 Winners

Hall of Fame Award

Fit-4-Life Wins the 2011 NOMA Award

posted 08.29.2011

Editor’s Note: This article appears in the September/October, 2011, issue of Aging Today, ASA’s bi-monthly newspaper covering issues in research, practice and policy nationwide. ASA members receive Aging Today as a member benefit; non-members may purchase subscriptions at our online store.

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First International Conference on Age-Friendly Cities

Event Date: 
09.28.2011 (All day) - 09.30.2011 (All day)
Time Zone: 
(GMT-05:00) Eastern Time
Event Location
Address 1: 
The Burlington Dublin City Hotel
Dublin, Ireland
Short Description: 

An international conference on creating age-friendly urban environments

Full Description: 

You are invited to join us in Dublin for the first international conference on age-friendly cities.

At the conference:

  • Learn from international thinkers and practitioners who will be addressing key issues in a creative and practical way
  • Visit the age-friendly global “village” and make direct contact with cities presenting on their programmes
  • Develop future working relationships at our specially structured networking sessions
  • Access our specially designed Resource Bank for Age-friendly Cities

The conference programme is built around three main themes: Social and Cultural Connectivity, Built Environment and Building Momentum for the WHO Global Age-friendly Cities initiative. It consists of plenary and concurrent workshop sessions. Each plenary session addresses one of the main themes. Each set of workshops focuses on various aspects of each of the three themes. This is to facilitate delegates who may wish to ‘track’ in a concentrated way one of the main themes of the conference through their participation in the concurrent workshops.

Download the full program here.

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