What health reform could mean to senior health Spotlight speaker: Donna Shalala, Ph.D., president, University of Miami; and former secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services
Saturday, Oct. 17
Light breakfast buffet available
Demographics of an aging society: What will we look like? On their face, the statistics are striking. In 2006, about 37 million people in the United States were 65 or older, representing 12.4 percent of the population. By 2030, older Americans will number 71.5 million and account for 20 percent of the population. These changes are likely to lead to challenges in the politics, economies and health care systems of the United States and other countries. What are the important stories in the aging population? This panel will explore the population shift, research into new drugs and techniques to extend life and comparisons of the United States and other countries. You will leave with questions to ask in your communities and a wealth of ideas to pursue.
Carl Eisdorfer, MD, PhD, Knight professor and director, University of Miami Center on Aging Richard Suzman, Ph.D., director, Behavioral and Social Research Program, National Institute on Aging David Wilson, Ph.D., professor, biology, physiology and biophysics, University of Miami Moderator: Charles Ornstein, ProPublica
Aging in the ethnic community Health care reform circa 2009 is important but incremental. What gaps remain to be filled for ethnic elders in the United States? This session will help hone story ideas on health policy and long-term care reform concerns for minority elders. You will leave the session with enough background to plan stories on medical issues for the aging, long-term care and housing, and more for ethnic and immigrant elders.
Conchy Bretos, chief executive officer, MIA Consultant Group Inc. Horacio Soberon-Ferrer, Ph.D., vice president of planning and finance, Alliance for Aging Floyd Willis, M.D., chairperson, Mayo Clinic Jacksonville Family Medicine Moderator: Paul Kleyman, director, Ethnic Elders Newsbeat, New America Media
Is the health care workforce prepared for a shift in aging? As the rest of the nation ages, so do the doctors, nurses and other health care professionals headed for retirement. The result is a triple whammy for the U.S. health care system: an aging cadre of health care workers, inadequate numbers of replacements in the training pipeline, and a burgeoning population of elders whose medical and supportive service needs are expected to severely tax existing services and facilities. The panelists will address both workforce and patient care issues, and also discuss innovative approaches to senior health care that have the potential to reshape current options.
Sarah Greene Burger, R.N., M.P.H., coordinator, Coalition of Geriatric Nursing Organizations at the John A. Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing, New York University Joseph G. Ouslander, M.D., professor of clinical biomedical science and associate dean for geriatric programs, Charles E. Schmidt College of Biomedical Science, Florida Atlantic University Edward S. Salsberg, director, Center for Workforce Studies, Association of American Medical Colleges Moderator: Irene Wielawski, independent journalist, Pound Ridge, N.Y.
Nutrition and aging David Kessler, M.D., professor, University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine; and former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration
Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and stroke: Cutting-edge brain research Neurological disorders are some of the most challenging conditions to treat. Some of them are also tough to diagnose, compounding the problem. Join three leading researchers for a panel on what's on the horizon for Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and stroke. What are researchers learning – good and bad – about current treatments?
Thomas Brott, M.D., chairperson of neurosciences, Mayo Clinic Gary J. Kennedy, M.D., director, Division of Geriatric Psychiatry and Fellowship Training Program, Montefiore Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine Carlos Singer, M.D., professor of neurology, chief of Movement Disorders Division, University of Miami Health System, Miller School of Medicine Moderator: Ivan Oransky, M.D., executive editor, Reuters Health
Finding the money to pay for senior health Elders will pay a larger and larger share of their medical expenses in the coming years. In some cases, they are paying about half of them now even with Medicare and supplemental coverage. Where will they get the money? Many experts are worried and those approaching retirement should be too. This panel will explore retirement income and how it has shrunk in the last couple of decades. Journalists will learn what the long-term trends are for Social Security, pensions, and savings – the three-legged stool of retirement, and they will learn where to find the stories that explain the connection between medical care, long-term care, and the looming crisis in retirement income.
Larry Polivka, Ph.D., program director, scholar in residence, Claude Pepper Foundation Jean Setzfand, director of financial security, AARP Moderator: Trudy Lieberman, director, Health and Medicine Reporting Program, Graduate School of Journalism at City University of New York
Community efforts to accommodate aging Community is a powerful influence on our health. Location can control access to health providers, bring about language barriers, restrict transportation, even influence healthy behavior. A growing body of research links our social and physical communities to our physical and mental well-being in ways that often overshadow the best efforts of health care. Panelists will explore the latest efforts and research about breaking through obstacles of community health for an aging population, and ideas for finding compelling stories in your own communities.
Sara J. Czaja, Ph.D., professor, departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and Engineering; co-director, Center on Aging Thomas R. Prohaska, Ph.D., co-director, Center for Research on Health and Aging, Institute for Health Research and Policy; professor of Community Health Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago Moderator: Sam L Grogg, Ph.D., dean, School of Communications, University of Miami
Elder abuse: Confronting the challenges The presentation will provide a statistical and historic overview of the scope of the nation’s elder abuse, neglect and exploitation problem; identify major types of abuse/exploitation; profile typical abusers/exploiters; cover the issues and challenges legal, medical, social work and protective services personnel face in identifying and preventing cases of abuse; and provide information on interventions and/or prosecution of abusers. The proposed Elder Justice Act, re-introduced in Congress in April (for the 3rd time), will also be discussed.
Melba Pearson, J.D., assistant state attorney, Miami Dade State Attorney's Office Jean Sherman, Ed.D, R.N., director, Center on Aging and Disabilities, University of Miami Moderator: Eileen Beal, independent journalist