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Boston Thought Leadership Breakfast “Ensuring Compassionate Care for a Rapidly Aging Population”

October 16, 2015 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am


Friday, October 16, 2015

Mandarin Oriental
776 Boylston Street, Boston

 7:30 AM  Breakfast

8:00 – 10:00 AM  Program

 Featuring a panel of speakers:

Helen Chen, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Hebrew Senior Life

Andrea Cohen, Co-Founder and CEO, HouseWorks; Schwartz Center Leadership Council

Bruce Dmytrow, BS, MBA, CPHRM, Vice President, Aging Services, CNA Insurance

Wendy LaBate, RN, MSN, MHA, SVP of Operations, Northeast Area, Genesis Healthcare

Barbara Okun, PhD, Counseling Psychology Professor Emeritus at Northeastern University and author of Saying Goodbye: How Families Can Find Renewal Through Loss


Moderated by:

Massachusetts Secretary of Elder Affairs Alice Bonner, PhD, RN, FAAN, former Director, Nursing Home Division, US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services


By 2030, one in five Americans will be over the age of 65. This massive shift in the country’s demographics will put new pressures on the healthcare system, which will have to reconsider many aspects of care delivery, including how we die. Today, two-thirds of people over 65 have multiple chronic conditions, yet primary care physicians and geriatricians most experienced in meeting their care needs are already in short supply. Nine out of 10 Americans say they would prefer to die at home, yet nearly 70% die in hospitals or long-term care facilities. Many older Americans rely on an informal network of family and friends, but the number of informal caregivers is also expected to decline from 7:1 in 2010 to 4:1 by 2030, according to AARP.

In the face of these challenges, how can we ensure that older Americans receive compassionate, patient-centered care? Given the impending shortage of both professional and informal caregivers, what innovative models of care can be developed to bridge the gap and how can the patient-caregiver relationship be preserved? And how can the characteristics of compassionate care, including effective communication and emotional support, aid in the adoption of healthy behaviors that may lessen the burden on the healthcare system in the future?

These and other questions will be addressed during this dynamic thought leadership program designed to uncover solutions and strategies to protect and preserve compassionate care for older Americans and their families and help caregivers adjust to a rapidly changing patient population.



October 16, 2015
8:00 am - 10:00 am


Mandarin Oriental
776 Boylston Street
Boston,MA02114United States
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