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Oregon Gerontological Association Annual Conference

October 19, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

OGA Annual Conference 2018

“Diversity: Aging with a Purpose”

Our keynote speaker is Fernando Torres-Gil, M.S.W., Ph.D., who will speak on the topic of his new book (to be released in September, 2018), “The Politics of a Majority-Minority Nation: Aging, Disability and Immigration.” Dr. Torres-Gil is a leading spokesperson on demographics, aging, and public policy and is Professor of Social Welfare and Public Policy at UCLA, Director of the UCLA Center for Policy Research on Aging and an Adjunct Professor of Gerontology at USC. He has written over 100 publications and six books and has an impressive portfolio of public service, having earned several presidential appointments, including to the Federal Council on Aging by President Jimmy Carter, as the first-ever U.S. Assistant Secretary for Aging, appointed by President Clinton, and as the Vice Chair of the National Council on Disability, by President Barack Obama. Dr. Torres-Gil was born and raised in Salinas, California, the son of migrant farm workers.

Dr. Torres-Gil’s talk will be followed in the plenary session by a panel of diverse elders, including José Manuel Romero, a retired educator, community activist and lifelong advocate for the Chicano/Latino community, Elaine Friesen-Strang, the Volunteer State President for AARP Oregon and formerly a state director for a guardianship program service for adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities, and Tekle Sebhatu, a native of Eritrea, East Africa, who immigrated to the U.S. as a student in 1973 and became an entrepreneur and academician. The panelists will speak about their experiences and recommendations for more equity and inclusion of minority groups.

After the panel, there will be three one-hour sessions (with lunch or breaks in between) with several concurrent topics each. Three presentations are confirmed to date:

  • Kathleen Sullivan, Ph.D., and Mary Rita Hurley, RN (both are members of the Governor’s Commission on Senior Services) – Creating Safe and Welcoming Space for LGBT Mid-life and Older Adults
  • Alan DeLaTorre, Ph.D. (Portland State University) and Cory Bolkan, Ph.D. (Washington State University, Vancouver) – Age-Friendly Housing Through an Equity Lens
  • John Horvick, Vice President and Political Director, DHM Research – Understanding Financial Security in Communities of Color in Oregon

An 8-11 am registration (which includes breakfast and the plenary) is possible, or a full-day registration, which includes breakfast and the plenary, the three hours of concurrent sessions, lunch, and snacks. A dedicated exhibit hall will showcase our sponsors and exhibitors and serve breakfast, lunch, and snacks.

For more information and to register, visit the event’s website.