Conversations with Katie

We’re Still in the Legislative Chess Game

If you’ve been watching the television news lately, you’re probably a bit confused about what’s happening on Capitol Hill. It’s called legislating. But it reminds me of a fast-moving chess game. In this game, the stakes are extremely high—and could impact the well-being of America’s aging population for many years […]

How Can We Help Older Adults Help Us?

Earlier this month, the Global Ageing Network offered a much-needed “breath of fresh air” to participants in its 2021 Summit—including me. Of course, the COVID-related challenges we’ve all faced head-on since March 2020 were front-and-center during most sessions of the two-day virtual gathering. But there was also an important and […]

Changing Our Field by Valuing Caregivers

What do we value? All human beings grapple with this big question at some point—or even at multiple points—during their lifetimes. Our answer to that question can alter our perspectives, our decisions, our actions, and even the course of our lives. The need to find value and to be valued […]

What the Pandemic Taught Us about Technology

In September 1940, residents of London followed a gruesome routine: after enduring nightly bombings that became known as the “Blitz,” Londoners emerged from their air-raid shelters each morning and took stock of how their neighborhoods had been transformed overnight while they had been hiding from the bombs. Many of us […]

Addressing Our HCBS Infrastructure Crisis

We’ve lost a lot during the COVID-19 pandemic. But the health crisis we’ve lived with for more than a year hasn’t just been about loss. It’s also been a time to discover and appreciate those who kept our society going when everything seemed to be falling apart. Grocery store workers […]

Supporting Voting Rights for All

The right to vote is critical to the experience of being an American. LeadingAge has long supported efforts to remove barriers to voting for older adults, who are uniquely susceptible to common causes of disenfranchisement—from restrictions in the use of absentee ballots to limiting access to polling locations. Each election […]

Change is in the Air

I’ve worked in aging services since the 1980s, and as 2021 unfolds, I‘ve come to an empowering realization: there has never been a greater opportunity than now to change long-term services and supports (LTSS)—forever and for the better. I’m pleased to report that change is the air. The Administration and […]