Caregivers Confronting the Care System

What if your book group could host a meeting with prominent women and influential writers? What if the guest list featured Lynn Alexander, Eleanor Clift, Muriel Gillick, Joanne Lynn, and Cheryl Woodson? What ideas you could exchange, what discussion you could engender, what energy and power you could harness! The Altarum Institute Policy Roundtable Series intends to do just that.

Each author will speak about her work and experience and the compelling personal stories that led to publications that have profound, wide-reaching implications for how we care for people in the final years of life. Their books range from practical, hands-on advice for caregivers, patients, and families to discussions of the political, social, and cultural ramifications of a fragmented health and social service system. We invite you to join us and participate in a roundtable conversation aimed at modeling ways of telling and hearing stories of what it is like to grow old and to die in America. Not only will we hear about each author’s personal experience, but we will come to understand how that experience can form the basis for local and national discussions, education, and solutions.

The program was recorded June 5, 2012.


Lynn Alexander, a Michigan policymaker, and the author of Caregiver Tsunami.
Muriel Gillick is a geriatrician, a clinical professor at Harvard Medical School, and the author of The Denial of AgingPerpetual YouthEternal Life, and Other Dangerous Fantasies.
Joanne Lynn, a geriatrician who leads Altarum Institute’s Center for Elder Care and Advanced Illness, is the author of Handbook for Mortals: Guidance for People Facing Serious Illness.
Cheryl Woodson, author of To Survive Caregiving: A Daughter’s ExperienceA Doctor’s Advice on Finding Hope, Help and Health, is a Chicago-based geriatrician.

All of them are authorities and experts in the issues facing caregivers (particularly women). They also will discuss problems and solutions as America faces an aging population in the next 10-15 years.

For further information go to the Altarum Institute website.

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