Conversations with Katie

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

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Melting the Hardest Hearts

Before the United States Senate goes on a week-long recess starting on July 3, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) wants to clear the legislative decks for the president’s proposed tax cuts and other legislation. To do so, the Senate must first pass a bill repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, including measures ...

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  1. From Darkness Into Light

    Recent tragic events in this country have caused me to stop and wonder about how far we have strayed in our basic respect for humanity and how we view and treat one another. It is hard to fathom the degree of hatred one must feel to kill another human being. It is even harder to fathom the extent to which this has happened in this ...

  2. Stop Elder Abuse Now

    It’s not something you hear about very often, but it is happening all around us. Often, the family members and caregivers that older people rely on are the offenders, and the consequences can be devastating, both physically and emotionally. On June 15th, we celebrate World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, though it’s hardly a celebration. ...

  3. A Victory, a Visionary, a Challenge

    Last month, we celebrated a huge victory --  the re-authorization of the Older Americans Act (OAA), which we had been working on and advocating for over the past 5 years. We have come a long way in the years since the act was first passed in 1965 to address a lack of social services for older people in their communities. But the ...

  4. Alzheimer's: An Insidious Disease

    “This insidious disease has declared war on our minds.” A powerful, sobering statement spoken by Dr. Alexander “Sandy” Halperin at the LeadingAge Integrace Great Minds Gala earlier this week, where he was honored with the 2016 Senator William and Ellen Proxmire Award.  This award recognizes national figures who have demonstrated ...

  5. Dear Candidates: What about long-term services and supports?

    I admit, I can’t help it.  I can’t help watching and reading endless hours of campaign rhetoric, waiting for someone - anyone - to talk about issues that are at the core of our mission.  In fact, there is precious little conversation about the critical issues facing a rapidly growing aging society on the debate stage or in ...