COVID-19 has led to devastating impacts on the lives of older adults and their family caregivers, especially those that are receiving care in nursing homes and other congregate living communities. The high rates of infection and death can be attributed to inadequate policies and practices. Similarly, low-income older adults living at home who receive Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) have been disproportionately aﬀected by the virus. They make up a higher number of COVID cases and hospitalizations then those just on Medicare. Furthermore, COVID-19 has shed light on the inequitable long term care system. Older adults of color have been disproportionality impacted by COVID-19 and have been economically devastated. During our September learning community call we will discuss if the crisis in front of us could also serve as an opportunity to truly transform the long-term care system for the better.; engage in a robust discussion on what it will take to build a long term care system that puts the consumer at the center and identify the role of the advocacy community. We’ll hear from a national expert at Justice in Aging as well as two state-based advocates about the work they are doing to push for change. We hope you can join us!
• Eric Carlson, Directing Attorney, Justice in Aging
• Alison E. Hirschel, Managing Attorney, Michigan Elder Justice Initiative
• Marjorie L. Waters, Community Organizer, Rhode Island Organizing Project