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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. 


Transcending Cultural Competency with Awareness and Compassion

posted 11.09.2015

By Joseph Sacco

The patient, an African American man in his late 50s, was critically ill and tethered to a ventilator. Bacteria grew from his blood, his kidneys had shut down and his liver had been rendered wooden and cirrhotic by decades of silent hepatitis C infection. His death, in hours or days, was inevitable.

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Monday, September 21, 2015

Start : 11:00 AM Pacific
End : 12:00 PM Pacific

This web seminar is part of the “Conversations with GIA” Series, sponsored by Grantmakers in Aging.


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PLEASE NOTE: CEUs are not available for this web seminar.

24th Annual Elder Issues Conference

Event Date: 
10.15.2015 (All day)
Time Zone: 
(GMT-08:00) Pacific Time
Event Location
Address 1: 
High Country Conference Center, Drury Inn & Suites
Address 2: 
300 S Milton Rd
Short Description: 

24th Annual Elder Issues Conference

Full Description: 

Join the NACGO Area Agency on Aging for our 24th annual Elder Issues Conference on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015. This year’s conference will center on elder justice with national speakers. Regional speakers will present topics on psycho-social changes with aging, law enforcement training, and brain health. We invite industry professionals, volunteers, caregivers, caring neighbors and advocates on aging. Contact us toll-free: 1-877-521-3500.

Scheduled speakers include Robert B. (Bob) Blancato, National Coordinator of the Elder Justice Coalition and member of ASA's Board of Directors and Executive Committee; and Paul R. Greenwood, Deputy District Attorney, San Diego Attorney’s Office.

Data Are Key to Meeting Native Populations’ Health and Long-Term-Care Needs

posted 07.01.2015

The only three National Resource Centers (NRC) in the United States focused on aging Native populations are the 2015 ASA Network on Multicultural Aging (NOMA) Award winners. The NOMA Award recognizes organizations that have demonstrated high-quality, innovative programs to enhance the lives of a multicultural aging population. The Centers are supported by ACL/AOA funding through Title VI of the
Older Americans Act.

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A Matter of Faith and Trust: Why African Americans Don’t Use Hospice (VIDEO)

posted 07.01.2015

By Sarah Varney

Even as end-of-life planning gains favor with more Americans, African-Americans, research shows, remain very skeptical of options like hospice and advance directives. The result can mean more aggressive, painful care at the end of life that prolongs suffering. 

Kaiser Health News correspondent Sarah Varney, working in collaboration with PBS News-Hour, examines why this disparity exists and what is being done to change it.

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Guiding Social Security Into the Next 80 Years: A Conversation with Carolyn W. Colvin

posted 06.29.2015

In June 2014, the Obama administration nominated Carolyn W. Colvin to head the Social Security Administration (SSA). She has been serving as Acting Commissioner since February 2013, and, in August 2015, she will be on hand to observe the agency’s 80th anniversary. Colvin came out of retirement in 2010 to be the SSA’s Deputy Commissioner, and embodies so many of the characteristics and values older workers possess—she has formidable intelligence and experience, is calm under pressure and is thoroughly engaged in her work.

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What Works and What Doesn’t: Opportunities to Strengthen Medicare for the Future

posted 06.05.2015

Generations Guest Editors John Rother and Tricia Neuman moderated this conversation with three leading beneficiary advocates to review program shortfalls and strengths, and address strategies to strengthen Medicare for the future. The roundtable discussion included Joe Baker, president of the Medicare Rights Center in New York City; Judith Stein, executive director of the Center for Medicare Advocacy in Willimantic, Connecticut; and, Kevin Prindiville, executive director of Justice in Aging, headquartered in Washington, D.C.


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