This special session is open to all conference attendees and is jointly convened by the Healthy Counties Advisory Board, the Health Policy Steering Committee and the Human Services and Education Policy Steering Committee.
Baby Boomers are retiring, and medical advances continue to increase life expectancy for all. As a result, the portion of the U.S. population aged 65 or older – currently about 14 percent – is expected to double by 2050. Given the role that counties play in creating safe and livable communities for all residents, this “aging boom” will have a profound impact on counties, including those that operate long-term care facilities. At this session, experts and NACo members will discuss the economic impacts of aging on counties – both challenges and benefits – and what counties can do to provide livable and financially sustainable communities for their aging residents.
- Sandy Markwood, Executive Director, National Association for Area Agencies on Aging (n4a)
- Dr. Peter Arno, Senior Fellow and Director of Health Policy Research, University of Massachusetts Amherst’s Political Economy Research Institute
- Dr. Joseph Agostini, National Medical Director for Aetna Medicare