As 10,000 baby boomers become eligible for Medicare each day, family caregiving is a common issue in the lives of many Americans. Demographic shifts — such as longer life spans and shrinking family sizes — may shape the scope and quality of caregiving for our aging population. Media coverage of family caregiving requires an understanding of the complex and wide-ranging issues involved.
Kaiser Health News held a web briefing on Dec. 2, 2015 featuring caregiving experts answering questions from journalists. Below you can watch or listen to an archived recording of the events, read the transcript and get more information on the webinar speakers — as well as additional materials they prepared.
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Speakers & Additional Event Material
Edwin L. Walker, Deputy Assistant Secretary at the Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Community Living
Download Presentation Slides: Powerpoint | PDF
Kathleen Kelly, executive director of the Family Caregiver Alliance/National Center on Caregiving
Additional Reporter Background: Demographics| Work and Caregiving | Support Services and Technology
Susan C. Reinhard, senior vice president at AARP and director of its Public Policy Institute.
Dr. Susan C. Reinhard is a Senior Vice President at AARP, directing its Public Policy Institute, the focal point for public policy research and analysis at the state, federal and international levels. She also serves as the Chief Strategist for the Center to Champion Nursing in America, a national resource center created to ensure America has the nurses it needs to provide care in the future. Dr. Reinhard is a nationally recognized expert in health and long-term care policy, with extensive experience in conducting, directing and translating research to promote policy change. Previously, she served as Professor and Co-Director of Rutgers Center for State Health Policy, directing several national initiatives with states to help people with disabilities of all ages live in their communities.
Anna Gorman, senior correspondent for KHN
Anna Gorman joined from the Los Angeles Times, where she worked for nearly 15 years covering health care, immigration and the Mexican border. She was a 2011 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, and taught journalism at Harvard University and at USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Anna earned her bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley and her master’s from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. While at the L.A. Times, she was part of a team that won a 2004 Pulitzer Prize.
Additional Links & Resources
- AARP Public Policy Institute
- Family Caregiver Alliance
- Caregiving in the U.S. 2015 Study (by AARP and National Alliance for Caregiving)
- Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute (PHI)
- White House Conference on Aging (special brief on informal caregiving):
- Alzheimer’s Association
- SCAN Foundation (50-state scorecard on long-term services and supports)
- Pew Research Center
- National Family Caregiver Support Program (U.S. government-funded)
- Family Medical Leave Act
- IOM Study on Family Caregiving
- Hartford Foundation (info on Change AGEnts)
- Family Caregiver Platform Project
- Article on Clinton’s tax credit proposal