Conversations with Katie

A monthly conversation with LeadingAge president and CEO Katie Smith Sloan.

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Raising Awareness about Long-Term Services and Supports

For more than a decade, LeadingAge has worked hard to raise awareness about the need to reform the way we pay for long-term services and supports (LTSS). Inadequate funding and lack of coordination and choice plague our current LTSS system. It places enormous pressure on families and leaves older adults disconnected. Of significant ...

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  1. Reimagining Aging Around the Globe

    I recently had the privilege of representing LeadingAge and the Global Ageing Network at a conference in England sponsored by National Care Forum, an association of nonprofit care providers in England and CommonAge, advancing issues of aging in Commonwealth countries. It was a unique gathering of people from 23 countries on 5 ...

  2. The Care of Human Life and Happiness

    Thomas Jefferson wrote “the care of human life and happiness...is the first and only object of good government.” In these few words, Jefferson accurately describes the LeadingAge advocacy agenda, one which implores lawmakers to protect and advance the well-being of people as they age and to support those ...

  3. 15 Years of Forward-Thinking Technology

    In his recently published book, The Longevity Economy, Joe Coughlin, director of the MIT Age Lab wrote “the visionaries who will help build a better old age will be those who understand, at a deep, intuitive level, what older adults want diverges from the current narrative. The products that bridge that ...

  4. Supporting Caregivers: Our Moral Obligation

    As the holidays fade into the distance, the lingering memories for many of us are ones of family time: generations under one roof, spending precious time together. What often becomes apparent during these moments are the realities of aging…parents and grandparents…and the ...

  5. Triumph and Despair

    This year has been challenging for so many. Many areas of our country were ravaged by hurricanes and fires, several of which are still burning furiously in California. Member organizations, staff, residents, clients and families have had their lives upended. And you rose to the occasion. The overwhelming generosity ...