March 1, 2018
Join the Diverse Elders Coalition at the 2018 Aging in America Conference
By: Jenna McDavid

All five of the Diverse Elders Coalition member organizations — as well as many of our partners and friends — will be attending this year’s Aging in America Conference, hosted by the American Society on Aging, in San Francisco from March 26th through 29th. The DEC will participate in a number of workshops on advocacy, caregiving, data disaggregation and more. We are excited about this opportunity to bring diverse voices to the table at one of the nation’s largest convenings on aging issues.

Conference attendees who are interested in better serving diverse elders or learning more about the work of the Diverse Elders Coalition can download our new flyer that highlights all of the DEC content during the conference. Visit to view, download, and share this flyer [PDF]. Some key Diverse Elders Coalition workshops during Aging in America 2018 include:

  • Fighting for Our Lives: Advocacy and Diverse Elders – In 2017, communities of color, LGBT communities, and American Indian/Alaska Native communities faced several threats to the health and well-being of elders. This session will highlight the Diverse Elders Coalition’s advocacy campaigns at the federal, state and local levels to improve aging in our communities. (Thursday, 10am – 11:30am)
  • 2018 Diversity Summit: Inequality Matters: Focus on Diverse Caregiving Communities – Three DEC member organizations, along with other professionals and advocates, will discuss caregiving through a diversity lens. (Wednesday, 1pm – 4pm)
  • Influencers in Aging: The Future of Aging in America – Dr. Yanira Cruz of NHCOA and Dr. Wes Lum of NAPCA were both named two of Next Avenue’s 2017 Influencers in Aging. This panel features a conversation with select Influencers on what’s next in aging. (Tuesday, 1:30pm – 2:30pm)

There are many more Diverse Elders Coalition events during this year’s Aging in America conference, and we hope you’ll join us for some of our sessions! We’ll be discussing the experiences of aging as people of color, LGBT people, and American Indians and Alaska Natives, as well as our work to ensure that our communities are able to age with health and dignity.

It’s not too late to register for the conference! Click here for information on registration, travel and hotel accommodations. And you can follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more information about the conference as well as live coverage of workshops during the week of March 26th.

See you in San Francisco!



The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the Diverse Elders Coalition.