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Columbia: Aging Expert Dr. John Rowe to Participate in Health Affairs Forum

A “middle market” of older Americans unable to afford private-pay senior housing and care, but with too many resources to qualify for Medicaid, is rapidly expanding and facing escalating health and housing needs as they age.

On April 24, the journal Health Affairs is hosting a forum in Washington DC on the health and housing needs of seniors, “Silver Tsunami:  Meeting Health and Housing Needs in the Golden Years.” Dr. John Rowe, Julius B. Richmond Professor of Health Policy and Aging at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, will present latest research and lead a discussion on “Facilitating Societal Adaptation to Aging.”

Dr. Rowe is a former CEO of Aetna and previously served as president and CEO of Mt. Sinai Medical School and Medical Center, and of Mt. Sinai NYU Health. Earlier in his career, he helped establish the fields of geriatrics and medical gerontology at the Harvard Medical School. Since joining the Mailman School’s Department of Health Policy & Management, he has led the effort to create policies and institutions that are responsive to an increasingly aging society, while serving as one of the nation’s leading voices on health reform and the transformation of the U.S. health system. Dr. Rowe currently leads the MacArthur Foundation’s Network on an Aging Society and is former Board President of the American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR).

Other academicians at the forum will address such issues as “Middle-Income Seniors” and “Resources for Housing and Care, and “What Can Be Done to Better Support Aging in Community?”.

A discussion follows with representatives from AARP and National Investment Center for Seniors & Housing Care (co-sponsors), and National Well Home Network and Eclipse Senior Living. SCAN and John A. Hartford Foundations are also sponsors.

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