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National Hispanic Council on Aging Urges Healthcare Reform and Geriatrics Training for Health Professionals as Older Americans Reach 20% of Population
Date:9/30/2009

WASHINGTON, Sept. 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- National leaders are meeting in Washington for the National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA) conference Oct. 6-7 to urge Congress to support healthcare reform and address the growing need for geriatric care as two of the nation's largest populations -- baby boomers and Hispanics -- reach a critical level.

Congressional and local decision-makers, experts and academic leaders will meet for the National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA) conference, "Working Together for a Common Aging Agenda," Oct. 6-7 at the Marriott at Metro Center, 775 12th St. NW, Washington. http://www.nhcoa.org/conf/

The nation's older population will double by 2030 and make up 20% of all Americans -- 71.5 million people.

"By 2050, there will be 2 billion older people in the world. That means that for the first time in human history, older adults will outnumber the young. This is a total population shift, and societies throughout the world will struggle to support this dynamic change," said Dr. Yanira Cruz, president and CEO of NHCOA, http://nhcoa.org/president_ceo.php. "Resources, workforces, and services must accommodate the new reality."

Because older adults have specific health issues, healthcare professionals -- beyond general practitioners -- need training to diagnose and treat them, said Cruz. "That, coupled with a growing older population, highlights the urgent need to train them in geriatric care," she said. "This is the tip of the iceberg of a huge public health challenge."

NHCOA is the premier national organization dedicated to understanding the needs and securing the wellbeing of Hispanic older adults and their families. Hispanics are the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. population.


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