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AARP Solutions Forum
Families Caring for an Aging America:
The Current Landscape and Opportunities for the Future


8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Thursday December 1, 2016 
The Washington Court Hotel
525 New Jersey Ave., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20001

Join us for continental breakfast and discussion of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine's report, Families Caring for an Aging America. In this newly released consensus report, a committee of experts calls for public acknowledgement of caregiving families, and a transformation in policies and practices affecting them in their support and care of older adults with health and functional needs.  The report recommends that the next presidential administration take immediate steps to address the health, economic, and social issues facing family caregivers of older Americans.

Susan Reinhard, Senior Vice President and Director of the AARP Public Policy Institute, will facilitate a panel of thought leaders in family caregiving who will react to the report's findings recommendations, and calls-to-action.

Lynn Friss Feinberg, Senior Strategic Policy Advisor, AARP Public Policy Institute, will moderate a panel featuring experts who were on the consensus committee that authored the report. They'll discuss what a transformed system would look like in health care, long-term services and supports, and in today's workplace.  

There will be opportunities for audience questions and answers.

Featured speakers include:

Members of the Committee on Family Caregiving for Older Adults
Richard Schulz, Director, University Center for Social and Urban Research, University of Pittsburgh, Committee Chair
Maria P. Aranda, Associate Professor, University of Southern California School of Social Work
Judy Feder, Professor, McCourt School of Public Policy, Georgetown University
Laura N. Gitlin, Director and Professor, Center for Innovative Care in Aging, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Charles Sabatino, Director, Commission on Law and Aging, American Bar Association
Jennifer Wolff , Associate Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University

Reactor Panel
Drew Holzapfel, Managing Director, High Lantern Group; Convener, Respect A Caregiver's Time (ReACT), Corporate Leadership for Employee Caregivers 
Gail Gibson Hunt, President and CEO, National Alliance for Caregiving
Kathleen A. Kelly, Executive Director, Family Caregiver Alliance, National Center on Caregiving 
Mary Ellen Kullman, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Archstone Foundation 
Joanne Lynn, Director , Center for Elder Care and Advanced Illness, Altarum Institute 
Rani Snyder, Program Director, The John A. Hartford Foundation 

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Family Caregivers & Managed Long-Term Services and Supports

Tuesday, November 29, 2016
1 - 2 p.m. ET


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Join the AARP Public Policy Institute for this webinar on their newly released report, Family Caregivers & Managed Long-Term Services and Supports. The authors will discuss their findings and recommendations. They also will highlight practical tools and promising practices in this emerging field of addressing family needs in managed long-term services and supports. 


Susan Reinhard
Senior Vice President and Director
AARP Public Policy Institute

Lynn Friss Feinberg
Senior Strategic Policy Advisor
AARP Public Policy Institute

Wendy Fox-Grage
Senior Strategic Policy Advisor
AARP Public Policy Institute

Interactive questions and answers from webinar participants will follow.   



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