As we welcome the advances that have allowed seniors to live longer lives, the “age wave” has also generated new social and financial issues that we must address. Despite the likelihood of needing long-term care, most individuals are ill-prepared for these potential costs. The combined factors of an aging population with inadequate personal savings are pushing state programs such as Medicaid to the brink of collapse at a time when state budgets are already strained.
Join national experts Jane Gross, author of “A Bittersweet Season: Caring for Our Aging Parents – and Ourselves" and the founding blogger of “The New Old Age” at the New York Times, and Dr. Lisa Shugarman, Director of Policy for The SCAN Foundation, along with local policymakers and elected officials for a forum on long term care and a discussion of reforms that will address the underlying issues.
Program and Agenda
Jane Gross is the author of “A Bittersweet Season: Caring for Our Aging Parents – and Ourselves” (Knopf, March 2011 and Vintage/Anchor, May 2012) and the founding blogger of “The New Old Age” at the New York Times, about the intersection of adult children and their aging parents.
Ms. Gross’ blog, book and speaking engagements braid three strands never before b rought together. Family memoir, practical advice and public policy. Her expertise is essential at this unprecedented demographic moment. Those 85 an older are the fastest growing population group in America and their adult children are the 76 million Baby Boomers, themselves headed for old age, like it or not. And what she has to say has special resonance as the nation struggles with health care reform, the huge debt and the likelihood of key changes to Medicare and Medicaid, all being played out in an especially toxic political climate.
Lisa Shugarman is the Director of Policy for The SCAN Foundation, managing state and national policy activities for the Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation, Dr. Shugarman was a health policy researcher with the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, CA. During her nine-year tenure with RAND, her research focused broadly on the needs of vulnerable populations, including seniors and people with desabilities. Dr. Shugarman is the author of over 40 peer-reviewed publications and has taught courses in the program evaluation and guest-lectured on various issues in health policy. The results of her work have helped to inform policymakers at the local and national levels.
Dr. Shugarman holds a PhD in health services organization and policy from the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI. She was a National Institute on Aging Health and Aging Fellow and worked as a research associate at the University of Michicgan Institue of Gerontotlogy. She currently serves on the editorial board for the Home Health Care Services Quarterly and was a member of the Los Angeles County Long-Term Care Coordinanting Council.
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4th Annual Long-Term Care Financing Solutions Forum.
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