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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

The conference will focus on ensuring that aging issues remain a high priority in complex times. NHCOA is a resource for those working with older adults and their caregivers. NHCOA works with U.S. legislators as they address health, economic security, education and civic engagement, and housing policy -- helping those leaders craft solutions of benefit to all older adults, including the most rapidly-growing sector within that population, the Hispanic elderly (projected at over 15 million by 2050).

Oct. 6, Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-34), chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Task Force on Health and a member of the Appropriations Health Subcommittee, will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at NHCOA's Awards Dinner.

"As legislators we have a moral imperative to ensure that the policies and programs we develop will protect our older Americans from harm, safeguard their prosperity, and promote their health and wellness," said Congresswoman Roybal-Allard.

Invited speakers include Assistant Secretary for Aging Kathy Greenlee; Tina Tchen, Director, White House Office of Public Engagement, HHS; Rep. Roybal-Allard (D-CA); Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ); Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC); DC Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D); Raul Yzaguirre, executive director of the Center for Community Development and Civil Rights at Arizona State University; Gara LaMarche, president and CEO, The Atlantic Philanthropies; Karyne Jones, president and CEO, National Caucus and Center on Black Aged; Christine Takada, acting president and CEO, National Asian Pacific Center on Aging; Louis Colbert, American Society on Aging; and Randella Bluehouse, executive director, National Indian Council on Aging.

To address that growth and care for this older population, healthcare reform must include affordable access to care and medication; a workforce that is culturally and linguistically competent, as well as age sensitive; programs that increase the
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