Bipartisan Policy Center Launches Task Force to Address Aging Population
The Bipartisan Policy Center has launched its new Health and Housing Task Force designed to help policymakers meet the needs of the nation’s aging population.
“Our aim is to call attention to this emerging challenge facing our nation,” said task force member and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Henry Cisneros. “This challenge offers incredible opportunity in the near-term, yet is on track to become a major crisis in the coming years if left unaddressed.”
Along with Cisneros, also leading this one-year effort are former senator and HUD Secretary Mel Martinez and former representatives Allyson Schwartz and Vin Weber. By 2030, 73 million Americans will be 65 and older and nearly 9 million will be 85 and older. Seventy percent of those 65 and up will require long-term services and supports including help with tasks such as bathing, cooking and medication management.
Task force goals include finding cost-effective ways to modify homes and communities to make independent living for older adults safe and viable, and highlighting best practices from states and localities for integrating housing, health care and long-term services and supports. The group will look for programs that work and investigate how they can be replicated elsewhere.
“The Health and Housing Task Force will examine models of care at the state and local levels that successfully combine housing, health and long-term services and supports,” said Weber. “We want to showcase best practices and help build momentum so that linking housing and health care for successful aging becomes regular practice.”
BPC believes that stable, affordable housing can improve health outcomes and reduce costs imposed on the health care system, particularly for seniors who wish to age in place.
ALFA 2015Surgeon and public servant Dr. Bill Frist, who also serves as a BPC senior fellow and co-chair of its Health Project, will speak May 6 during ALFA’s Conference & Expo, May 4-7 in Tampa during a panel discussion “Unraveling Alzheimer’s Disease.” He will be joined by US Against Alzheimer’s Co-Founder George Vradenburg and Dr. David Morgan, CEO of the Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute. For more information, go online to www.alfaconference.org.
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