Symposium will feature presentations on the connection between aging and diversity

September 12, 2012  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – An increasingly more diverse elderly population will be the focus of a Sept. 21 symposium at Purdue University, organized by the Center on Aging and the Life Course.

"Health and Aging in Diverse Contexts: from Research to Policy" is from 1 to 5 p.m. in Stewart Center, Room 218 ABCD. The event is free for Purdue faculty, staff and students, as well as individuals 65 years and older. The fee for others is $40. Registration information is available at

"Despite considerable efforts to reduce racial and ethnic differences in the health of Americans, notable disparities exist on a variety of health outcomes including life expectancy, disease prevalence, and disability," said Kenneth Ferraro, professor of sociology and center director. "In this symposium, a distinguished panel of scholars will discuss recent discoveries regarding these disparities to inform health interventions and policy analysis."

The speakers are:

* Kyriakos S. Markides, director and the Annie and John Gnitzinger Distinguished Professor of Aging Studies at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. He will present "Aging and Health among Hispanics/Latinos in the U.S.: Selected findings from the Hispanic EPESE."

* Toni P. Miles, professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of Georgia, and director of the Institute of Gerontology. Miles will present "Does Health Care Quality Contribute to Disparities? Quality Improvement and the ACA."

* Douglas K. Miller, professor of medicine and Richard M. Fairbanks Chair in aging research at the Indiana University School of Medicine. He will present "Cues for Reducing African-American Disability Disparities."

This year's recipient of the Exceptional Engagement Award will be presented after the lectures and the event will close with a poster and reception session.

Writer: Brian Peloza, 765-494-2084,

Source: Kenneth Ferraro, 765-494-6388,

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