2019 Aging in America Conference

The 2019 conference will have a strong focus on critical and emergent topics facing the field of aging, as well as cutting-edge and responsive programmatic, research, policy and advocacy efforts.

WHEN: April 15, 2019 - April 18, 2019 | 8:00 am

WHERE: Hyatt Regency New Orleans, LA

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Join American Society on Aging in New Orleans next April to learn best practices and gain insights from leaders in the field about the current state of aging in America. AiA19 is the place to be for knowledge, inspiration and networking with others who are dedicated to improving the lives of older adults.

The 2019 conference will have a strong focus on critical and emergent topics facing the field of aging, as well as cutting-edge and responsive programmatic, research, policy and advocacy efforts. Interest areas include: emergency/disaster readiness, housing and transportation access, caregiving, substance use/opioid crisis, multiple aspects of dementia, technology and aging, intergenerational models, population health, shifting policy and legislative issues affecting older adults, and much more. Join us to learn about innovative policies, programs, practices, models, businesses and learning that you can use in your work with older adults.

  • West Health is sponsoring, designing and executing a 2-hour program on Monday, April 15th, the 1st full day of the conference.

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West Health Sessions

Monday, April 15, 2019: 08:30 AM - 09:30 AM

Raising Our Voice: ASA Public Policy Town Hall Meeting
Join ASA for our first ever Town Hall Meeting, an open forum to discuss the major aging policy topics that have the greatest impact on the lives of older adults. Policy issues actively in play in 2019 and issues with consequences for the 2020 election will be our priority. Each topic presenter will provide an overview and context, while audience members will have the opportunity to offer their views through questions and comments submitted in advance and read by the moderator. Following each topic presentation, we’ll poll audience members about their views (i.e. Medicare for all) and we'll share the poll results during the session as well as feature them in post-session communications to members and the media.

Presenter(s):
William Benson, BA, Principal and Managing Partner, Health Benefits ABCs
Paul Downey, BA, President & CEO, Serving Seniors
Amy Herr, MHS, PMP, Director, Health Policy, West Health Policy Center
Lisa Swirsky, Policy Advisor, National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare Foundation

Monday, April 15, 2019: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Geriatric Emergency Departments and Clinics: Pioneering Change in Healthcare Delivery and Opening Doors for Community-Based Partnerships
Sponsored by West Health

Healthcare settings like emergency departments and outpatient clinics have become our nation’s “front porch” for medical care for seniors. As such, they provide critical touch points for the provision of better coordinated, more senior-appropriate care. This session will highlight how these care settings are assessing both the medical and social needs of patients and fostering partnerships with organizations that can deliver community-based solutions for seniors with complex care needs.

Presenter(s):
Zia Agha, MD, MS, Chief Medical Officer and Executive Vice President of Clinical Research, West Health Institute
Kelly Ko, PhD, Principal Investigator, West Health Institute
Andrea Morris, PhD, MPH, Principal Investigator, West Health Institute
Jon Zifferblatt, MD, MPH, Vice President, West Health Institute

Monday, April 15, 2019

Panel One: West Health’s Aging and Policy Summit
Introductory Remarks Tim Lash, MBA, Chief Strategy Officer, West Health; President, West Health Policy Center

1:45 – 2:30 p.m. PANEL: High Costs, Broken Promises: Seniors and the Healthcare Costs Crisis
The U.S. now spends more than $10,739 a person a year on healthcare - $3.5 trillion in 2017 – with seniors bearing a disproportionate portion of that burden. Join West Health and Gallup to hear results from a new national survey looking at how healthcare costs are impacting older Americans and the U.S. economy. The expert panel will address public perceptions on progress to date, potential solutions for lowering costs and how we can drive our policymakers to take positive action to address the healthcare cost crisis.
 
Panelists:
Tim Lash, MBA, Chief Strategy Officer, West Health; President, West Health Policy Center
Mike Ellrich, Healthcare Portfolio Leader, Gallup
Charlotte Yeh, MD, Chief Medical Officer, AARP
Judith Gorsuch, JD, Vice President and Counsel, Hart Health Strategies

Monday, April 15, 2019

Panel Two: West Health’s Aging and Policy Summit
2:30 – 3:25 p.m. PANEL: A Case Study in California: The We Stand with Seniors Public Education and Awareness Campaign

Learnings and results from a nonpartisan, education and awareness campaign designed to engage seniors, advocates and policymakers to prioritize the needs of California’s aging population. This lively panel discussion will explore how citizens and organizations alike can drive efforts as we move toward developing a vision and long-term investment plan for aging that addresses the increasing need for senior-related healthcare and other supportive services, using California as a case study. This campaign is part of a broader strategy between West Health and The SCAN Foundation to elevate older adult issues, break through the media clutter and ensure state policymakers prioritize these issues.

Opening Remarks (Campaign Overview):
Bill Earley, Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel, West Health

Moderator:
Richard Eisenberg, Editor, NextAvenue

3:25 p.m. CLOSING REMARKS
Tim Lash, MBA, Chief Strategy Officer, West Health; President, West Health Policy Center

Tuesday, April 16, 2019: 08:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Let's Talk Policy and Practice: Malnutrition Among Older Adults, A Growing Crisis in America Today
Sponsored by West Health and Defeat MalnutritionToday

Room: Hyatt Regency New Orleans - Bolden 5 (Level 2)
 
Presenter(s):
Tim Platts-Mills, MD, MSc, Co-Director, Division of Geriatric Emergency Medicine, UNC Health Care
Meredith Ponder Whitmire, JD, Senior Associate, Matz, Blancato & Associates

Brenda Schmitthenner is jointly facilitating

Wednesday, April 17, 2019: 12:30 PM - 01:30 PM

Using Technology to Facilitate Coordinated Care Across Clinical and Community Service Settings
Room: Hyatt Regency New Orleans - Strand 12 A (Level 2)

Description
With an increased recognition of the impact of social determinants on health, there is a growing demand for holistic care models that seamlessly link clinical care and community supports to better address patient needs. Learn how a geriatric-focused academic health center developed and tested a standardized process to identify unmet social needs among senior patients and connect them to community supports using a community-based social worker and electronic care coordination platform.

Presenter(s):
Jessa Engelberg, PhD, Senior Research Analyst, West Health Institute
Andrea Morris, PhD, MPH, Principal Investigator, West Health Institute
Brenda Schmitthenner, MPA, Program Officer and Senior Director, Gary and Mary West Foundation

Wednesday, April 17, 2019: 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Family Caregiver's Perception of How the Health System and Community Support Seniors
Description
Family caregivers are more likely to have frequent interactions with the health care system when caring for their loved one. As such, they have strong opinions and perceptions of how well the system is responding to the needs of seniors. In this session, we present results of a national survey that assessed perceptions of the health care system and is the extent to which perceptions are influenced by age and caregiver status. Additionally, we will discuss West Health Institute's research efforts to identify and support the family caregiver.

Family caregivers are a vulnerable population relative to non-caregivers and are more pessimistic about healthcare in the US. They report more difficulties accessing care and believed innovative approaches such as in-home care and telemedicine would be helpful.

Presenter(s):
Gregory Norman, PhD, Senior Director, Clinical Research, West Health Institute
Jill Slaboda, PhD, Senior Research Analyst, West Health Institute

Venue & Hotel

Hyatt Regency

601 Loyola Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70113
Main phone: (504) 561-1234

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