The Queens Coalition for Immigrant Aging in cooperation with the Queens Forum will host a major conference on Oct. 21 entitled, “Immigrant Aging in Queens: Realities, Challenges, and Opportunities,” which is designed to explore the multifaceted complexity of aging in immigrant communities. It will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel, 135-20 39th Ave in Flushing.
The issue of immigrant aging has become increasingly important In New York City. Older immigrants now comprise 46 percent of New York City’s total senior population and, as current growth trends continue, immigrants will be the majority of seniors in our city by the next decade. To meet the growing needs of immigrant seniors, the conference will work to help professionals and agencies ensure older immigrants have access to high quality, culturally competent care and services and ultimately a better quality of life for Queens residents.
This conference will feature experts and best practices on the issue of aging in immigrant communities utilizing Queens, our city’s most diverse borough, as a case study. The keynote will be presented by Dr. Joseph Salvo of the NYC Department of City Planning and will address the current demographic shifts in aging and immigrant communities, as well as the challenges and opportunities posed by this new reality. The keynote will be followed by interactive workshops that will be conducted in English. The blueprint for the mission and actions of the QCIA will be launched following the conference.
The conference is co-chaired by U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) and Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside), and supported by the Queens Tribune and other organizations, including CareConnect, Mount Sinai Queens, Affinity Health Plan, Pfizer, ElderPlan, NY Daily News, LaGuardia Community College, as well as local businesses and community-based organizations.