Conversations with Katie

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

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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 extraordinary impact, particularly on women. It is often ...

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  1. Honoring Workers on Labor Day

    I recently read about a vacation resort hotel that is closing before the end of the season because they simply can’t attract an adequate amount of staff to operate. I cringed at a story about public health nurses working at half their staff capacity against increased needs. And, I read still more about small towns, schools, ...

  2. Forces of Change

    Every summer, I spend time in a remote area of Maine, with few of the creature comforts I’m used to at home. And I love every second of it.The peace and serenity ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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. ...

  5. 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 ...