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Oxford Conference a "First for Latin America"

The  Latin American Conference on Ageing in Latin America, held at the National Autonomous University of Mexico in Mexico City and organised by Oxford Institute of Ageing’s LARNA (Latin American Research Network on Ageing)  from 6 to 8 October 2010 has been described as a "First for Latin America" and a beginning of a new era of understanding population ageing in the region. 

Closing the conference, academics from the LARNA network expressed their excitement at the new collaborative opportunities which ahead. Following three days of intensive discussions ranging from the changing demographics, challenges for the regions health care and pension systems, implications for urban and social development, migrant care and the family, and the labour market, conference co-ordinators Dr. Verónica Montes de Oca & Dr Alejandro Klein echoed the words of Dr. Rosalba Casas, Director of the  Institute for Social Research UNAM, that this was an historic opportunity for a new approach to understanding the tremendous challenges ahead for the region as its population underwent the demographic ageing previously seen only in Europe.