Ann Gintis, of West Philadelphia, left, holds her friend’s hand, Audrey Garner, of North East Philadelphia, right, during an exercise class with other nursing home residents on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019. (Tyger Williams/The Philadelphia Inquirer/TNS)

American Society on Aging cancels upcoming Atlanta conference

The American Society on Aging has canceled its 2020 Aging in America Conference that was scheduled to be held in Atlanta.

ASA Chair Karyne Jones said in a statement that concerns over the COVID-19 virus and the danger it poses, especially to the elderly, prompted the cancellation.

“The Board has not undertaken this decision lightly,” Jones said in the statement. “After thoughtful review and consideration, they are most concerned with the health and welfare of all member attendees while at the conference and when returning to work healthy in service of older adults.”

The organization doesn’t plan to reschedule the Atlanta event this year and will wait until April 2021 to hold the next conference, which will be in San Diego. Those who had already booked for the Atlanta conference should check asaging.org for information about credits and discounts.

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