2016 International Conference on Aging in the Americas


Location: UTSA Downtown Campus, Durango Bldg, Southwest Room (DB 1.124) All day

UTSA College of Public Policy in partnership with the University of Texas at Austin, University of California - Los Angeles, University of Southern California, and University of Texas Medical Branch, present

The 2016 International Conference on Aging in the Americas, Sept. 14-16, 2016 

   Contextualizing Health and Aging on Both Sides of the U.S./Mexico Border

The University of Texas at San Antonio Downtown Campus

Livestream provided by NowCast SA

*Special thank you to the City of San Antonio Department of Human Services, AARP, and the San Antonio Area Foundation for your contribution to the sponsorship of the webcast.*

If you could not attend, you may view the full webcast here: http://nowcastsa.com/blogs/webcast-2016-international-conference-aging-americas

The 2016 International Conference on Aging was a success! Thank you to all who visited UTSA and participating in the program activities. Check out our pictures from the conference! More updates to come.




9/14/16:  Kickoff Event with Dr. Peter Ward - Double Tree Hotel 

9/15/16:  Opening keynote and panel sessions

9/15/16:  Poster Presentations & Emerging Scholars' Oral Presentations

9/15/16:  Speed Mentoring Activity & Dinner 

9/16/16:  Panel sessions and closing plenary

9/16/16:  Consensus Building Session

Photos by ATG Photography, Mark McClendon and Harold Kiolbassa

Power Point Presentations

To view some of the speakers' Power Point slides, visit www.slideshare.net/copputsa
More are listed under "Presentations"

2016 ICAA Emerging Scholars

2016 Poster Session Winners

1st place

Norma Padron, Mount Sinai
Aging, Acculturation and Substance Abuse

2nd Place, Benjamin N. Vickers, University of Texas Medical Branch

Anthropometric Measures and Cognitive Decline in Older Mexican-Americans

3rd Place, Zoya Gubernskaya, University of Albany, SUNY
Education and Accumulation of Chronic Conditions after Age 50 among Mexican and Non-Hispanic White Male Immigrants

Schedule of Activities

Wednesday, September 14 (Double Tree by Hilton)

6-9:00 pm Kickoff Dinner Event DoubleTree Hotel (Salon de Gala) 
6:00-7:00 pm Registration/Meet & Greet
Welcome: Rogelio Sáenz, UTSA
7:30 p.m. Introduction of Dr. Peter Ward: Jacqueline Angel, UT Austin

Keynote Speaker, Dr. Peter Ward, The University of Texas-Austin
Evening Keynote: "How Place and Space Matter: Intersections between Housing, Health and the Life Course Among Aging Latinos"

Thursday, September 15 (Durango Bldg., Southwest Room (DB 1.124)
7:30-8:30 am Registration continued & Breakfast, UTSA Downtown Campus, Southwest Room (DB 1.124)
8:30-8:40 am Welcome, Rogelio Sáenz René Zenteno
8:40-9:20 am Opening Keynote, René Zenteno - The New Era of Mexico-U.S. migration: The post 2006 Experience and the Collapse of Undocumented Migration
9:20 -9:30 am Remarks, UTSA President Dr. Ricardo Romo

Panel #1 9:30-10:30 am
Mexico’s Health Care Context
Presider Fernando Torres-Gil University of California, Los Angeles

Speaker: Mariana Lopez-Ortega Institutos Nacionales de Salud de México
Co-Author: Luis Miguel Gutierrez Robledo, Institutos Nacionales de Salud de México
Title: Contextualizing health and aging in Mexico: an opinion nationwide survey on aging

Speaker: Hiram Beltran-Sanchez, UCLA
Co-Authors: Anne R. Pebley, UCLA and Noreen Goldman, Princeton
Title: Links between occupational history and functional limitations among older adults in Mexico

Speaker: Veronica Montes De Oca, UNAM
Co-Authors: Patricia Rea-Angeles, UNAM and Ron Angel, U.T. Austin
Title: El envejecimiento en Mexico y el papel de las OSC

Break 10:30-10:45 am

Panel #2 10:45-11:45 am
Contextualizing Human Security in the Americas:Mexico, Brazil, and the U.S.
Presider Fernando Riosmena, University of Colorado at Boulder

Speaker: Leticia Marteleto, The University if Texas-Austin
Co-Authors:  Simone Wajnman and Cassio Turra

Title: Intergenerational Families in a Rapidly Aging Context: Forty Years of Elderly Empowerment in Brazil

Speaker: Flavia Andrade, University of Illinois-Urbana
Co-Author: Mariana Lopez-Ortega
Title: Assessment of the Impact of Socioeconomic Disparities in Health among Retirement Age Adults in Brazil and Mexico

Speaker: Stipica Mudrazija, Urban Institute
Title: Present and Future Retirement Security for Aging Latinos

Lunch 12:00-1:30 pm

Panel #3 1:30-3:00pm Aging in the Context of Stress, Fear, and Religious Involvement
Presider Luis Gutierrez, Institutos Nacionales de Salud de Mexico

Speaker: William Vega, University of Southern California
Co-Author: William Sribney
Title: Regional Effects on ADL's and IADL's of Longitudinal Exposure to Life Course Stress Factors: A Comparison of U.S. Latino and White non-Latino older adults

Speaker: Nestor Rodriguez, The University if Texas at Austin
Co-Authors: Jacqueline Hagan, UTMB and David Leal
Title: Aging Environments of Fear

Speaker: Terrence Hill, University of Arizona at Tucson
Co-Authors: Sunshine Rote, University of Louisville and Christopher G. Ellison, UTSA
Title: Religious Involvement and Biological Functioning in Mexico

Juried Poster Session 3:00-4:30pm
Organizer Terrence Hill

Panel #4 4:00-5:00pm

Emerging Scholars Oral Presentations
Presider Lloyd Potter, University of Texas at San Antonio

Oral Presenters

Association of Healthy Habits Beliefs and Mortality in Older Adults: A Secondary Longitudinal Analysis of the Mexican Health and Aging Study

Julio M. Fernandez-Villa Natalia Sanchez-Garrido, David X. Marquez, Mario U. Perez-Zepeda, Mariana Gonzalez

The Health Status of Aging Puerto Ricans Compared to U.S. Populations

Catherine Pérez and Jennifer Ailshire, Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, University of Southern California

Influence of Diabetes and Depression Severity on the Likelihood for Disability and Mortality in Older Puerto Ricans

Brian Downer Ph.D., University of Texas Medical Branch, Division of Rehabilitation Sciences Michael Crowe Ph.D., University of Alabama at Birmingham, Department of Psychology Kyriakos S. Markides, Ph.D., University of Texas Medical Branch, Preventive Medicine and Community Health

Healthcare Expenditures and Utilization among Mexican Older Adults: Analysis of the Mexican Health and Aging Study (MHAS)

Jaqueline Contrera Avila, Ph.D. Student, Sapna Kaul, Ph.D. , Rebeca Wong, Ph.D. Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX

Award Ceremony and Reception 5:00-6:00pm

Speed Monitoring and Dinner 6:30-9:30pm
Presiders Bill Vega, USC and Brian Downer, UTMB

Friday, September 16 (Durango Bldg., Southwest Room (DB 1.124)

Panel #5 8:00-9:00am

Social Support and Mexican-Origin Aging
Presider Dr. Harriett Romo, Director, UTSA Mexico Center & Bank of America Child and Adolescent Policy, Research Institute

Speaker: Carolyn Mendez-Luck, Oregon State University
Title: Contextualizing Elder Care among Mexican-Origin Caregivers in the 21st Century Mexico and the United States

Speaker: Kate Cagney, University of Chicago
Title: Neighborhood Social Context and the Health of Older Latinos in the U.S.

Speaker: Sunshine Rote, University of Louisville
Co-Authors: Jacqui Angel, U.T. Austin and Kyriakos Markides, UTMB
Title: Neighborhood Factors Caregiver Stress Processes among the Mexican-origin Population

Speaker: Silvia Mejia Arango, Colegio de la frontera Norte, Mexico
Co- Author: Rogelio Saenz, UTSA
Title: Social Factors as Mediators of Cognition during the Life Course among the Elderly: The Case of Mexicans in Mexico and the United States

Panel #6 10:00-11:00am

New Binational Perspectives on Geriatric Health Services: Mexico and the USA
Presider Iveris Martinez, Florida International University

Speaker: Fanny Sleman, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM)
Co-Author: Veronica Montes de Oca,Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM)

Title: Aging rule-based policies outcomes in the Mexican States

Speaker: Jennifer Salinas, University of Texas School of Public Health Brownsville
Title: Healthcare access and utilization on the U.S.-Mexico border region

Closing Plenary 11:00am-12:00pm

Title:  Latino Aging in the Homefront:  Issues and Realities in San Antonio
Presider:  Rogelio Saenz


Mercedes Bristo, Grandparents Raising Grandparents Coalition
Adelita Cantu, University of Texas Health Science Center of San Antonio, School of Nursing
Juan H. Flores, La Fe Policy Research and Education Center

Consensus Building Session and Luncheon 12:30-1:30pm
Co-Presiders Rogelio Saenz, UTSA and Jacqueline Angel, UT Austin
Consensus Building Session and Luncheon

Presider Jacqui Angel, U.T. Austin
CAA Advisory Group Publications Committee

Conference Overview

The Conference on Aging in the Americas (CAA) is aimed at utilizing research to augment knowledge about dimensions of healthful aging for people of Hispanic and Latin American descent and fostering emerging scholars in the field as this topic rapidly develops as a major policy and national budget issue.  Past installments examined the social and economic causes and consequences of health problems among older Mexican-origin individuals in the United States and in Mexico.  An overview of what was accomplished at our bridging workshop in Mexico, DF, and in past ICAA meetings is available at  http://lbjschool.austin.utexas.edu/caa/  Future symposia will be an indispensable means for assembling multidisciplinary contributors who can disseminate state-of-the-art research, inform public policy from a bi-national perspective, and consider the best course for ensuring productive aging in the Hispanic population.

What you will gain:

  • Access to leading, nationally & internationally, recognized experts in the field of Hispanic health and aging.
  • Exposure to cutting edge research related to immigration processes, family and household structure, and macroeconomic changes on the quality of community life.  
  • Understanding of how physical, social, and economic environments give rise to disparities in Latino health in older adults.

Conference Details

The Welcome Dinner and Keynote  (please call 210-458-3213 to check space availability)

A Welcome Dinner and Keynote Address will kick off the 2016 International Conference on Aging in the Americas at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016.  Keynote Address will be presented by Dr. Peter Ward, Associate Dean for Research; C.B. Smith Sr. Centennial Chair in U.S. - Mexico and Relations and Professor of Public Affairs and Sociology, University of Texas at Austin.  A meet and greet and cocktail reception will take place prior to the dinner, beginning at 6pm.  All registrants to the conference are invited to attend.  Dinner will be held in the Salon de Gala at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, starting at 7pm.


Registration is now closed.  Registration check-in will also take place on Sept. 14th at the DoubleTree Hotel on the first floor from 6pm - 7pm.  Join us for a cocktail reception during check-in time, and enjoy the sounds of San Antonio by listening to a mariachi band.  The dinner and keynote address will occur in the Salon de Gala room after the meet and greet. 

Please contact Michelle SKidmore at (210) 458-3213 for registration questions.


DoubleTree by Hilton

Hotel accommodations are provided by the DoubleTree by Hilton located at 502 W. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd., San Antonio, TX 78207.  Here, guests can enjoy convenient access to the conference, nearby eateries and other facilities. Individual call-ins can be made by calling hotel reservations at 1-800-HILTONS or calling the hotel directly at (210) 224-7155 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Please ask for the group room block ICAA Conference Block or Group Code ICA. 
You may also book your stay by using the web link below.
Reserve Your Hotel Stay here

If you need assistance with your reservations, please call Kimberly Chaney at 210-388-0312.  

Maps and Directions to Doubletree Hotel

How to Get Here

From the Airport 
San Antonio International Airport

Hwy 281 South, Exit Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.  (formerly Durango Blvd.) turn Right - Hotel is 1 mile on left

Distance from Hotel:
11 mi.

Drive Time:
20 min.

Click on link for a  map of the DoubleTree by Hilton other and hotel details.

Map of the UTSA Downtown Campus

All panel sessions will take place in the Durango Bldg.  (DBB on the map) located at 501 W. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.


The DoubleTree Hotel's website provides information on nearby attractions.  There are many things to do in the heart of San Antonio.  Visit the Alamo, catch a river boat taxi, or stroll through Market Square while enjoying your stay in historic San Antonio.  These fun activities are all within close proximity to the UTSA Downtown Campus.  Click here for more information.


If you wish, feel free to contact Dr. Rogelio Sáenz, Principal Investigator for the 2016 ICAA meeting at  rogelio.saenz@utsa.edu; Michelle Skidmore at michelle.skidmore@utsa.edu
or one of the co-organizers, Jacqui Angel  jangel@austin.utexas.edu or Kyriakos Markides, UTMB Galveston, kmarkide@utmb.edu

CAA website:  http://lbjschool.austin.utexas.edu/caa/2016-2

Faculty  website

Download event flyer 

Child Care/Family Care 

Attendance for some individuals will be dependent on the availability of resources for family care.  Family/child care will be available at the conference site.  Information for arrangements is forthcoming.  Please check the website soon for more details on dependent care.


Guests driving to the conference and not staying at the hotel may park in unmarked spaces only in our Durango Loop lot across from the Durango Bldg., located at W. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd. and S. Pecos-La Trinidad St.  Entrance to the lot is off the service road on S. Pecos la Trinidad.  Lot D-3 under the IH-35 bridge is also available for guests to park at no cost.  Guests should park in unmarked spaces only.  This means in non faculty/staff spaces. 

Guests staying at the DoubleTree by Hilton receive complimentary parking in the hotel's parking garage.

For maps, visit http://www.utsa.edu/visit/downtown-campus.html


This year, NowCast SA will live-stream the 2016 ICAA.  Anyone will be able to view the program live on the web or replay later.  You may view You Tube to watch the program at any time after the event.  Visit http://nowcastsa.com/blogs/webcast-2016-international-conference-aging-americas to view the program.

Keynote Speakers

Welcome Dinner & Kickoff Keynote

Dr. Peter Ward

Peter M. Ward received his Ph.D. from the University of Liverpool in 1976 and subsequently has held senior teaching and research positions at University College London (1976-85), The University of Cambridge (1985-91), and at The University of Texas at Austin (1991-present) where he holds the C.B. Smith Sr. Centennial # 1 Chair in US-Mexico Relations, and is professor in the Department of Sociology and in the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs where he also serves as the Assoc. Dean for Research.

He is author of numerous books and major scholarly articles on Mexico’s social policy, and on informal land markets, self-help (colonia) housing and low-income housing policy in Latin America, Mexico, and Texas. He has been a regular participant and contributor to the ICAA meetings since 2013. Especially germane to this meeting are his books: Colonias and Public Policy in Texas and Mexico: Urbanization by Stealth, (1999 UT-Press); and Housing Policy in Latin American Cities: A New Generation of Strategies and Approaches for UN-Habitat III in 2016 (2015 Routledge) With his graduate students, his current work examines household organization, self-help, inheritance asset transfers, and new housing and health challenges among low income families in border colonias and in similar informal homestead subdivisions found in peri-urban fringe of cities throughout Texas and the South.

In 2012 he led a major University of Texas study on the use of Recorded and Unrecorded Contract for Deed on behalf of the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs, and since 2007 has led a major Latin American Housing Network website (www.lahn.utexas.org) where many of these publications may be accessed.

Opening Keynote 

Dr. Rene Zenteno

Rene Zenteno is the Vice Provost for International Initiatives and Senior International Officer at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He is responsible for institutional development and oversight of university-wide initiatives and global partnerships essential to UTSA international education, research and outreach. Dr. Zenteno is also Professor of Demography in the College of Public Policy at UTSA.

As the Under Secretary of Population, Migration and Religious Affairs at the Ministry of the Interior in Mexico from 2010-2012, Zenteno was instrumental in writing, negotiating and enacting the 2011 Mexican Immigration Law. He also helped pass the Law on Refugees and Complementary Protection. These legal instruments provide basic rights to migrants and refugees in Mexico regardless of immigration status.

Prior to his work with UTSA, Zenteno had been provost and professor at El Colegio de la Frontera Norte and Executive Director of the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies at the University of California, San Diego. He spent eight years on the faculty of the Tecnológico de Monterrey. Zenteno, who earned a PhD in sociology from the University of Texas at Austin and undertook postdoctoral research at the University of Pennsylvania, has received numerous honors and fellowships, including President of Sociedad Mexicana de Demografía and membership in the National Academy of Science of Mexico. He has published widely in the areas of social and demographic change, international migration, and social inequality, with a focus on Mexico, U.S.-Mexican migration, and Mexican immigrant incorporation. Zenteno’s articles have been published in the Proceedings of the National Academic of Sciences, Social Problems, Journal of Development Economics, Latin American Research Review, International Migration Review, The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Journal of Marriage and the Family, Estudios Demográficos y Urbanos, Frontera Norte, and other academic journals.

Closing Plenary:  Latino Aging in the Homefront: Issues and Realities in San Antonio

Presider:  Rogelio Sáenz

Mercedes Bristol, Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Coalition
Adelita G. Cantu, University of Texas Health Science Center of San Antonio, School of Nursing
Juan H. Flores, La Fe Policy Research and Education Center

About the University of Texas at San Antonio Downtown Campus

Located in the heart of San Antonio’s business, social and cultural scenes, the UTSA Downtown Campus offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the College of Architecture, Construction and Planning, the College of Public Policy and the College of Education and Human Development.  Approximately one-third of UTSA’s graduate students take classes at the Downtown Campus. The urban campus is home to many of the university’s community outreach programs and extended education offerings and serves as a convenient location for hosting community wide events.

The University of Texas at San Antonio is an emerging Tier One research institution with nearly 29,000 students.  It is the largest university in the San Antonio metropolitan region.  The University of Texas at San Antonio is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through research and discovery, teaching and learning, community engagement and public service. As an institution of access and excellence, UTSA embraces multicultural traditions and serves as a center for intellectual and creative resources as well as a catalyst for socioeconomic development and the commercialization of intellectual property – for Texas, the nation and the world.  

Funding for this conference was made possible in part by a (R13) Scientific Meeting Grant from the National Institute on Aging (NIA). No. AG029767-01A2 The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.