The Conference Series on Aging in the Americas (CAA) utilizes research to augment knowledge about dimensions of healthful aging for people of Hispanic and Latin American descent. As this topic rapidly develops as a major policy and national budget issue, the CAA also aims to foster emerging scholars in the field.
Each CAA installment has several goals. One is to promote interdisciplinary collaboration by gathering a broad array of researchers in the fields of Hispanic health, health care policy, and behavioral and social aspects of aging into a single forum to exchange ideas and foster collaborative efforts aimed at addressing key issues affecting the health of aged Hispanics. The conference research agenda is unique in its focus on the aging population throughout the Americas and therefore has important implications for the health and well-being of older Hispanic adults and their families.
CAA’s investigators and advisory team lead the conference each year with the generous support of grantees, sponsors, and partners. The CAA Mentoring Program offers a unique opportunity for emerging scholars to participate in a juried poster session and engage with expert researchers on issues related to their field of study.
Over the last two decades, the Conference Series on Aging in the Americas has brought together leading and emerging scholars in order to develop a critical mass of theoretical and practical work aimed at expanding our knowledge concerning the causes and consequences of population aging in the Americas. The first meeting was held at The University of Texas at Austin in 2001 and preceded years of additional conferences, all of which are convened during National Hispanic Heritage Month and close to Mexico’s Independence Day. The overarching goal of the conference series is to address vitally important issues that affect not only the Hispanic population of the United States, but also those of all Latin American nations in which the demographic transition that took a century or more in Europe is occurring in just a few decades. This transition has immediate practical implications for both Mexico and the United States. New policies dealing with education, health care, housing, transportation, and more will be necessary to deal with changing population age compositions.
The International Conference on Aging in the Americas (ICAA) series has three major aims: 1) to facilitate the exchange of ideas aimed at addressing key issues confronting aging populations in the Americas; 2) to promote an interdisciplinary collaboration between researchers in the fields of Hispanic health, health care policy, and behavioral/social aspects of aging; and 3) to set a research agenda for understanding and improving the health and well-being of older Latino adults and their families throughout the Americas. One of the many attractive aspects of this conference series is that it supports interdisciplinary collaboration on state-of-the art research concerning Hispanic health and aging. The series has a logical and sequential order that aims to build upon the work of each presenter through the integration of knowledge, interest, and research findings on substantive and methodological issues.
Each installment in the series has a unique and individual signature theme but follows a similar format. In recent installments, topics covered the methodological problems of conducting cross-national comparative studies in the context of Mexico and U.S.; implications of changing demographics in Mexico for Mexican-origin health and economic well-being; and research designed to improve understanding of the influences of the immigrant family experience on Hispanic (Mexican-origin) healthful aging. Each meeting lasts two days and consist of 2 keynote presentations, 10 panel presentations, and a poster session. There is a consensus building session at the end of each conference where participants review key issues raised during the conference and identify new directions for research.