The 7th annual International Conference on Aging in the Americas was held at the University of Colorado at Boulder campus September 23rd through the 25th. The Conference series is funded by an NIA/NIH conference grant (Jacqueline Angel, PI at UT-Austin with co-investigators Kyriakos Markides, Bill Vega and Fernando Torres-Hill). This year UTMB co-sponsored and co-organized the event. Our support came from the P&S Kempner Endowment and the WHO/PAHO Collaborating Center on Aging and Health at UTMB. Co-organizers of this year's conference were Rebeca Wong (UTMB) and Fernando Riosmena (CU-Boulder).
The theme of this year's conference was: "Health, Social, and Economic Dynamics of Hispanic and Latin American Aging." There were national and international participants: 16 speakers, 3 keynote speakers, and 20 posters. In addition, there was a mentoring session for emerging scholars. Along with the conference there was a one-day Pre-Conference Workshop for users of the Mexican Health and Aging Study data (30 registered participants, mostly pre-doc and post-docs, and a few established researchers). In total, 65 Conference participants were in attendance.
The following participants were awarded prizes for their posters:
1st place - Carlos Diaz-Venegas (Post-Doc, UTMB-SCOA), Family Size and Old-Age Well Being: effects of the fertility transition in Mexico
2nd place - Jacqueline Torres (Post-Doc, UCSF), Gender, Migration, and Old-Age Health: effects of the spousal U.S. migration on the health of older Mexican women
3rd - Joseph Saenz (Pre-Doc, UTMB-PMCH and SCOA), Educational Inequalities and Disability Onset among Older Mexicans