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The Long Term Care Discussion Group

A voluntary independent group that meets solely for the purpose
of educating the policy community on all facets of long term care

May 22, 2018
10:00 – 11:00 am EST
AARP
601 E Street NW
Washington DC
Room B5-300
Dial in: 866-215-3402
Code: 1335654
Social Isolation’s Impact on Health and Medicare Spending
Speakers: Lynda Flowers and E.A. Casey
AARP Public Policy Institute and AARP Foundation

Studies show that socially isolated older adults are at greater risk for poor health and death than their well-connected counterparts. A new study - the first to examine whether social isolation also affects health care spending among older adults - finds that a lack of social contacts among older adults is associated with an estimated $6.7 billion in additional Medicare spending annually. The study’s findings raise important issues for Medicare and public health officials. .

At this session, Lynda Flowers and E.A. Casey will discuss this groundbreaking research showing how much social isolation (the lack of meaningful contact with others) impacts on Medicare costs every year. This work builds on efforts by the AARP Foundation which has been working for years to create a network that not only builds awareness about social isolation and its impact, but also seeks to identify viable solutions.

Click here to read the study: https://www.aarp.org/ppi/info-2017/medicare-spends-more-on-socially-isolated-older-adults.html

Lynda Flowers is a senior policy advisor at the AARP Public Policy Institute (PPI) and a nationally recognized expert on Medicaid. Lynda’s portfolio also includes public health, prevention, health disparities, social determinants of health (including isolation) and health care quality. Before joining AARP, Lynda held senior policy positions with the National Academy for State Health Policy and the Medical Assistance Administration of the Government of the District of Columbia (DC Medicaid). Previously, Lynda advised state legislators and state legislative staff on Medicaid and immigration issues at the National Conference of State Legislatures. Lynda is a member of the National Academy for Social Insurance and represents AARP on a variety of task forces and committees. Lynda received a law degree from Golden Gate University (where she served on the Women’s Law Review), a masters in nursing administration from Georgetown University, and a bachelors in nursing from the University of Wisconsin. Lynda is a co-author PPI’s seminal report on the association between Medicare spending and social isolation.

E.A. Casey (known as Casey; uses they/them pronouns) is a strategic advisor and program manager with AARP Foundation’s Isolation Impact Area where they have led the development and implementation of strategies and programs to combat isolation and loneliness among vulnerable older adults. Working with researchers and practitioners from around the globe, Casey has developed a range of initiatives to address isolation. They have managed a broad research portfolio, including development of a tool to screen individuals for isolation, and they have used human-centered design approaches to create and execute everything from technology training programs to community development initiatives. Casey now helps to lead the Foundation’s collective impact initiative Connect2Affect to elevate awareness of isolation as the major public health issue it is and drive creation and dissemination of solutions. Casey holds a Master of Public Affairs from the LBJ School at the University of Texas at Austin and a BA in English from Rutgers University, and is currently working on a masters in social work at Catholic University.

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For those participating by telephone, the meeting materials (once available) will be posted at our website: http://www.ltcdiscussiongroup.org on the ARCHIVES page.

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Long Term Care Discussion Group Co-Chairs:
Susan Coronel, John Cutler, Melissa Favreault, Wendy Fox-Grage,
Ruth Katz, Karl Polzer, and Eileen J. Tell

Long Term Care Discussion Group meetings are intended as forums for candid discussion. Dialogue and comments made during these meetings should be treated as off the record.

For more information about the Long Term Care Discussion Group, and to access materials and information from previous meetings, visit www.ltcdiscussiongroup.org
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