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FCA to Host Symposium on Politics and Family Caregiving at
Aging in America Conference March 18
SAN FRANCISCO—The National Center on Caregiving at Family Caregiver Alliance will host "Policy, Politics and Family Caregiving: Federal and State Perspectives," a cutting-edge symposium on caregiving in the context of health and long-term care reform. The meeting will be held Wednesday, March 18, 2009 from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. in Las Vegas as part of the 2009 Aging in America National Conference.
A distinguished panel of public policy experts and advocates will provide their unique perspectives on the ways changes in politics and policy directly affect the lives of families and caregivers in the US. Speakers include:
Kathleen Kelly, MPA, Executive Director, Family Caregiver Alliance; Karen Davenport, MPA, Director of Health Policy, Center for American Progress; Susie Butler, Director, Division of Provider Affairs, Office of External Affairs, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; Donna Folkemer, MA, Director, Forum for State Health Policy Leadership, National Conference of State Legislatures; Katie Maslow, MSW, Associate Director, Alzheimer's Association; Gail Hunt, President and CEO, National Alliance for Caregiving; and Netsy Firestein, Executive Director, Labor Project for Working Families.
Funding for this symposium was provided by the Jacob and Valeria Langeloth Foundation and the Retirement Research Foundation.
On Thursday, March 19, at 7:45 a.m., FCA will host a breakfast honoring the winners of The Rosalinde Gilbert Innovations in Alzheimer’s Disease Caregiving Legacy Awards.
The awards were given to nonprofit organizations and agencies with a program for family caregivers of adults with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. The awards program was conducted by Family Caregiver Alliance and funded by The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation. Awardees/speakers are:
Kathleen Burg, Taos Jewish Center (Diverse/ Multicultural Communities Award), Taos, NM;
Netsy Firestein, Labor Project for Working Families (Policy and Advocacy Award), Berkeley, CA; and Judy Holstein, CJE SeniorLife (Creative Expression Award), Chicago, IL
Reporters may request media passes to attend these and other events at the 2009 Annual Conference of the American Society on Aging and the National Council on Aging, March 15-19 in Las Vegas at: http://www.agingconference.org/asav2/conf/jc/jc09/media_policy.cfm.
For more than 30 years, Family Caregiver Alliance has offered programs to support and sustain the important work of families and friends caring for loved ones with chronic, disabling health conditions. FCA offers programs at national, state and local levels. The National Center on Caregiving was established at FCA in 2001 to advance the development of high-quality, cost-effective services and policies nationwide. A wealth of caregiving advice, newsletters, resource listings, fact sheets, research reports, policy updates and discussion groups are available free on the FCA website. Visit http://www.caregiver.org or call (800) 445-8106 for more information.
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