PCA’s Annual Lawton Conference on November 1 Tackles Chronic Disease, Highlights Importance of Regional Collaborations
Chronic disease is now the leading cause of death in the United States, accounting for seven in ten deaths annually and 75% of healthcare funding. This year, PCA’s annual M. Powell Lawton Conference on Urban Aging will address the complex issue of chronic disease among older adults in Philadelphia. Contributing environmental, social and economic factors will be discussed. PCA is collaborating with the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission to connect experts in aging with regional perspectives on transportation, housing, food access and other aspects of the environment that can have a significant impact on preventing and managing chronic illness. A major goal of the conference is to discuss how the major networks that impact the health of elders – aging, health, government and social planning – can collaborate in these efforts, according to Allen Glicksman, PCA’s director of research and evaluation. The Lawton Conference will take place on November 1 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Hilton Philadelphia City Avenue. Tickets cost $55, which includes an award luncheon. Continuing Education credits (CEUs) are available for social work.
(Philadelphia Corporation for Aging – PCA)