It won’t be long before many of us travel to Orlando for AAHSA’s 2007 Annual Meeting & Exposition. For those of you who may not know, AAHSA is one of IAHSA’s key provider associations and the leading organization representing ageing services providers in the USA.

AAHSA’s Annual Meeting & Exposition [21-24 October 2007] is the largest event of its kind in the world. The Orlando meeting will have more than 7,000 people attending 200 educational sessions and visiting with 800 exhibitors. It is really a WOW kind of event.

IAHSA will again have the opportunity to present two educational sessions that focus on issues that challenge our members the world over. Each session will feature IAHSA Board Members as reactor panelists to expand and inform the formal presentation.

The first session [Sunday 21 October], Multiculturalism & Cultural Competence, features a presentation by Dr. Rohini Anand, Senior Vice President & Chief Diversity Officer at Sodexho Senior Services. Dr. Anand is one of the most renowned and respected experts in the area of diversity and inclusion and she has amassed a wealth of experience and concepts about how ethnic diversification impacts the ageing services field, both from the perspective of the workers as well as older consumers.

The other session [Monday 22, October], Quality Assurance in Long-Term Care, reviews findings from an AARP Public Policy Institute study on long-term care quality assurance systems in England, Australia, Germany, Japan and the United States. The author, Josh Weiner, is well known in the ageing field as a researcher and policy analyst, and is well suited to lead the global discussion on quality.

In addition, IAHSA will be hosting a reception at 17.30 for its members at the Peabody Hotel on Monday 22 October so if you’re in the area, please stop by and say hello.