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The Challenges of Family Caregiving

What Needs To Be Done?

PPI regularly sponsors public Solutions Forums to highlight options for addressing public issues of significant concern to AARP and its members.

The Challenges of Family Caregiving: What Needs To Be Done?
During this forum, prominent authors and experts discussed the difficulties faced by millions of family caregivers coping with our health and long-term services and supports (LTSS) systems.  They explored how public policies can more effectively address the needs of caregivers and provided insight on how health care professionals can improve support for family caregivers.

Forum Speakers:


Susan Dentzer,
Editor-in-Chief, "Health Affairs"

Susan Reinhard, RN, Ph.D., FAAN; Senior Vice President and Director, AARP Public Policy Institute, Chief Strategist, Center to Champion Nursing in America.

Howard Gleckman, Author of "Caring for Our Parents", and Fellow, the Urban Institute.

Jane Gross, Journalist and author of "A Bittersweet Season: Caring for Our Aging Parents—And Ourselves", and  founder of the New York TimesThe New Old Age” blog.

Robert Kane, MD, Author of "The Good Caregiver", and Minnesota Chair in Long-Term Care and Aging, University of Minnesota School of Public Health.

Carol Levine, Editor of "Always on Call: When Illness Turns Families into Caregivers", and Director, Families and Health Care Project, United Hospital Fund, New York.

Suzanne Mintz, Author of "A Family Caregiver Speaks Up: “It Doesn’t Have to Be This Hard", and President and CEO, National Family Caregivers Association.

Walter Mosley, Author of more than 34 books, including "The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey", a novel about family and aging.

Peter Rabins, MD, MPH, Co-Author, "The 36-Hour Day: A Family Guide to Caring for People Who Have Alzheimer’s Disease, Related Dementias and Memory Loss," and Professor, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

Jonathan Rauch, Author of “Letting Go of My Father;” Contributing Editor, "National Journal" and "The Atlantic"; and Guest Scholar, the Brookings Institution.

Gail Sheehy, Author of "Passages in Caregiving: Turning Chaos into Confidence" and author of over 15 other books, including "Passages", and a contributor to "Vanity Fair".

Cheryl Woodson, MD, Author of "To Survive Caregiving: A Daughter’s Experience, A Doctor’s Advice on Finding Hope, Help and Health,” and Director, Woodson Center for Adult HealthCare.

AARP Public Policy Institute Solutions Forums are designed to create higher visibility on policy issues for AARP among experts from think tanks, academia and other stakeholders, as well as Administration officials and Congressional staff.

The forums are part of PPI core work to inform and influence the policy debate.

This AARP Solutions Forum is funded in part by a grant, Professional Partners Supporting Family Caregivers, from The John A. Hartford Foundation.

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