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Multicultural Aging

Will S. 744—also known as the controversial 2013 immigration bill that is now under consideration by Congress—affect the caregiver and clinical workforce that is sorely needed to take care of America’s growing older adult population? Can telemedicine help diabetic elders in rural areas get faster and better care? If Bangladesh can become an Age-Friendly City, what about your city or town? Will the Affordable Care Act have a positive impact on health disparities among lower income elders? Can we teach long-term-care workers to treat all elders with respect, no matter their culture? ASA works hard to foster diversity and cultural competence. This page gathers that information—from LGBTQ legal issues to end-of-life beliefs among American Indians—so you can use it to help build the best programs and models that elevate, celebrate, support and care for multi-cultural populations. 


Online Learning: ASA members have free access to all web seminars.

Network on Multicultural AgingThe Network on Multicultural Aging (NOMA) is a national community of individuals and organizations who are concerned with diversity and working toward cultural competence on all levels

LGBT Aging Issues Network: The LGBT Aging Issues Network (LAIN) works to raise awareness about the concerns of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) elders and about the unique barriers they encounter in gaining access to housing, healthcare, long-term care and other needed services. 


Winter 2018 Generations: Gender and Age: A Focus on Women

posted 02.22.2018

The Winter 2017­–18 issue of Generations lays out the physical, psychological, cultural, and economic realities of aging as a woman in contemporary American society.

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Learning From the World to Build Age-Friendly, Inclusive U.S. Communities

posted 02.13.2018

By Susan Mende

America is aging--with a rising number of people over 65. It’s a trend that is growing--by 2060, the number of older Americans is expected to more than double, rising from 14.5 percent of the population to nearly 24 percent.

Learn About the Aging Population Hidden in Plain Sight

posted 02.12.2018

By Carol Marak

Aging safely and independently at home is a natural desire of older adults. We want a space to call our own, and we prefer that place to reflect the person we’ve become, surrounded by dear friends. However, a large number of individuals ages 65 and older, 27 percent, according to the U.S Census, live alone.  

ASA Chicagoland Roundtable - Reaching and Serving Older Diverse and Isolated Elders, and Their Communities

Event Date: 
02.02.2018 08:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Time Zone: 
(GMT-06:00) Central Time
Event Location
Address 1: 
Rush University Medical Center
Address 2: 
1725 W Harrison St, Elevator II, 5th Floor, Room 5
Short Description: 

Roundtable on serving diverse and isolated elders

Full Description: 

This Round Table will concentrate on the challenges of serving diverse and isolated elders who experience health disparities and access to care challenges due to racial, sexual orientation or cultural status. It will explain the issue and offer both concern and successes in meeting the needs of communities.

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Mary Killough
Chief Development Officer
Gereda Homecare 


Ms Killough develops and assesses new market initiatives, and analyzes business opportunities for Gerda Homecare. 

She is former Deputy Director of the Illinois Department on Aging, serving 2.5 million older adults, and was responsible for formulating policy, and  implementating programs and services as well as maintaining effective working relationships with other state, federal and local units of government, Illinois General Assembly, labor unions and community organizations. 

Ms Killough received her law degree from Notre Dame.




Dheeraj Mahajan, MD, FACP, CMD, CIC, CHCQM
President and CEO
CIMPAR Group of companies
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine
University of Illinois at Chicago

An attending physician in Geriatrics at Hines VA hospital, Dr. Mahajan is a Fellow of American College of Physicians and Board certified in Internal Medicine and Geriatric Medicine.  Additionally, Dr Mahajan is a certified medical director, a certified physician advisor in utilization review and healthcare quality management and is certified in infection control and epidemiology. He is a nationally recognized speaker on value based care, utilization management, clinical documentation improvement, post-acute care and transitional care quality improvement.  

Dr. Mahajan is a staunch advocate for healthcare equity and has written book chapter on culturally effective care and health disparity.




Maria D. Oquendo-Scharneck
Health and Diversity Coordinator
AgeOptions, Oak Park, IL

Maria is statewide coordinator for the Illinois Pathways to Health referral system, leading implementation of the Take Charge of Your Health programs, and a Master Trainer in the Spanish culturally adapted Tomando Control de su Salud and Manejo Personal de Diabetes programs.

She represents AgeOptions as a member of the Cook County Department of Public Health’s Alliance for Health and Active Communities Strategy and Support Team; is a board member of Illinois Community Health and Aging Collaborative and a member of the Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity Clinical Workgroup, and a graduate of ASA's New Ventures in Leadership. 

Kelly Rice
Program Manager for Intensive Community Care Services
Howard Brown Health

Ms Rice oversees an Illinois Division of Rehabilitative Services Home Services Program and the Ryan White Part A Medical Case Management program. An active member of the Aging Committee at HBH, she is overseeing a comprehensive health-focused aging needs assessment for the older Chicago LGBTQ communities.

Kelly is a member of the Chicago LGBTQ Aging Network, AIDS Foundation of Chicago Case Management Leadership Council, ASA Chicago Roundtable Planning Committee, and the ASA LAIN Council. 

Registration is free, and requested, to attend. Only complete the application form if you have no record. Otherwise, please log in. For assistance with registration, contact Jutka at

All ASA members are welcome at this free event.

 Local contact: Mary Lou Tomecek Baker, 312-942-2053 

Summit on Livable Communities

Summit on Livable Communities: Planners & Aging Network Professionals Working Together to Plan Livable Communities for All Ages

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Start : 10:00 AM Pacific
End : 11:00 AM Pacific

Presented by ASA's Network on Multicultural Aging (NOMA)

ASA Members: Register now for FREE

Not a Member? Join ASA or register for this event for $49

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