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Advancing Equity in Aging Through Policy: Barriers and Opportunities

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Advocates for older adults may not think of their work as relevant to advancing equity, but advancing equity in aging is critical if we want to build a society that values the lives of all older adults. Older adults, especially those who are low-income, face structural discrimination in the form of ageism, and many also experience additional forms of discrimination stemming from their intersecting identities. All these challenges result in structural barriers that must be decimated to allow all older adults to thrive. Come to this presentation to learn how structural discrimination impacts older adults and how policy can be leveraged to eliminate structural barriers that older adults experience. In addition, gain practical strategies on how you as a professional working with older adults can advance equity in your work.

Participants in this webinar will:

  • Identify three ways in which structural discrimination impacts older adults.
  • Articulate four programs or policies that can or have had the impact of advancing equity for older adults.
  • Identify three types of opportunities to advance equity in their work/community.


Denny Chan serves as the managing attorney of Justice in Aging’s Equity Advocacy team. In this role, he is responsible for developing and leading Justice in Aging’s Strategic Initiative on Advancing Equity, with a primary focus on race equity for older adults of color, and he also coordinates the organization’s equity team. He joined Justice in Aging as an attorney on the health team in 2014 and is based in Los Angeles. The son of working-class Chinese immigrant parents, Denny has worked significantly on non-discrimination, language access and healthcare delivery reform issues for low-income older adults and brings all of these experiences to his advocacy. Previously he served as a rotating law clerk for the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles and participated in the Fulbright English Teaching Program as a fellow in Macau, China.

This is the third webinar in the Leading Change in Aging Through DEI Accountability series co-hosted by the Aging and Disability Business Institute and the American Society on Aging.