By Adam Glickman
During the next two decades Washington’s senior population is expected to surge. By 2030, one in five Washingtonians will be over 65 placing unprecedented burdens on the state’s long-term care infrastructure. †What must be done to prepare? How will the state afford to pay for services? Should consumers purchase long-term care insurance? Is there a workforce trained to provide the necessary care?
These are some of the questions that we hope will be answered at Preparing for the Silver Tsunami: Meeting the Long-Term Care Needs of a Growing Senior Population, a forum of experts hosted by SEIU Healthcare 775NW and many local and national partners.
This event, scheduled for the afternoon of Jan. 8, will engage elected officials, long-term care advocates and interested stakeholders on ways to move forward and reform Washington’s long-term care system. The goal is to ensure quality and vitality across the care spectrum as the need for services increases.
Nationally known experts scheduled to attend include Ai-jen Poo, Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance; Joshua M. Wiener, Distinguished Fellow and Program Director of RTI International’s Aging, Disability, and Long-Term Care Program; Dean Baker, Co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research; Lee Goldberg, Director of Health Policy, National Academy for Social Insurance; and David Rolf, President, SEIU Healthcare 775NW.
As you may be aware, SEIU Healthcare 775NW represents more than 43,000 long-term care workers providing quality in-home care, nursing home care and adult day health services in Washington State and Montana. Our mission is to lift caregivers out of poverty and ensure quality long-term care for seniors and people with disabilities.
We look forward to sharing the results from Preparing for the Silver Tsunami with the community in the months to come.
PSARA members interested in attending Preparing for the Silver Tsunami should contact Nikki Gibbs at (253) 815-3789 or Nikki.Gibbs@seiu775.org.
(Adam Glickman is Secretary-Treasurer of SEIU Healthcare 775NW and a member of PSARA.)