A Message to the President on Aging Policy

CFAR | January 26, 2017 | by Geralyn Magan

The winter issue of the journal Generations sends "A Message to the President on Aging Policy." The issue, which is available online, contains an article by Robyn Stone, executive director of the LeadingAge Center for Applied Research.

The winter issue of the journal Generations proposes a policy agenda to address the challenge and opportunity created by the aging of the U.S. population. The complete issue, entitled “A Message to the President on Aging Policy,” is available online.

Robyn Stone, executive director of the LeadingAge Center for Applied Research, contributed an article to the issue.

Issue Overview

“The articles in this issue of Generations propose a straightforward and ambitious agenda for action,” writes Guest Editor G. Laurence Atkins, executive director of the Long-Term Quality Alliance.

The issue, writes Atkins, features 3 sets of proposals addressing:

  • The major domestic policy challenges posed by an aging population, including financing retirement income, slowing growth in health care spending, financing long-term services and supports, and securing the safety net.
  • The conditions and circumstances that most directly relate to these policy challenges, including how to enable older adults to remain connected, physically active, and purposefully engaged for as long as possible in the home and community they prefer.
  • A vision of how we can best prepare for the future by forging person-centered and forward-thinking policy that supports today’s retirees and the coming generations of future retirees.

Robyn Stone’s Contribution

Stone’s article is entitled “Successful Aging in Community: The Role of Housing, Services, and Community Integration.” In it, she suggests that the new Administration should develop a policy agenda focused on:

  • Transforming existing homes and neighborhoods to ensure they allow older adults to remain in their communities as their risk of disability increases over time.
  • Integrating health care, social services, and wellness initiatives with housing to support population health management and care coordination.
  • Expanding affordable housing options for the older adult population—within the financial resources available to support these goals.