Medicare, Medicaid and other current issues related to health care and aging will be the topic of afternoon discussions April 17 at the Fifth Annual Conference on Gerontology and Aging. The conference, "Health and Aging: Research, Practice and Policy," is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Beckman Institute. The conference is open to all professionals in the field, as well as to those interested in health and aging issues and solutions. Dr. Anna McCormick, chief of the biology and aging branch of the National Institute of Health in Washington, D.C., will discuss "Biological and Physiological Aspects of Health Research and Implications for Aging." Margaret Hastings, executive director of the Chicago Institute for medicine, will present information on "Psycho-Social Research and Policy Implications for Health and Aging." The afternoon session will feature a panel discussion on the future of health and aging, in which the morning speakers will be joined by UI experts and the heads of regional HMOs Health Alliance Inc. and Personal Care Inc., and of the Champaign County Health Care Consumers. Along with Medicare and Medicaid, conference participants are likely to discuss issues such as managed care, living wills, and the implications of the right-to-die debate. Conference registration prior to April 12 is $15, with no charge for students and seniors. For registration or additional information, call 333-4123.