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Sep 23 2009

Conference on Long-Term Health Care Reform To Be Held At New York Institute of Technology

OLD WESTBURY, N.Y. (September 23, 2009)-Recognizing the graying of the U.S. population and the magnitude of the challenges involved in paying for and delivering long-term care (LTC) to a growing number of older Americans, New York Institute of Technology (NYIT)with the co-sponsorship of 24 national, state, and regional organizationswill be hosting a conference on its Old Westbury, N.Y. campus on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2009 to explore LTC reform.

With tens of millions of Americans facing enormous financial, emotional, and physical challenges of caring for a frail elderly parent or relative, many people are beginning to ask how the historic overhaul of the American health care system being debated in Washington will address the need for affordable, quality LTC.

"Reforming Long Term CareBack to the Future" is a premier conference that will bring together leading national and international experts to discuss LTC needs and solutions, European developments and their implications for the U.S., LTC challenges on Long Island, and overall prospects for LTC reform in today's political climate.

The conference will feature presentations from Professor Dennis Kodner, Director of the NYIT Center for Gerontology and Geriatrics; Dr. Harriet Komisar of the Hilltop Institute at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County; Dr. Robin Stone, Director of the Institute for the Future of Aging Services at the American Association of Homes & Services for the Aging (AAHSA); Kimberly Williams, Director of the Geriatric Mental Health Alliance of New York; Professor Caroline Glendinning of the University of York, U.K.; Joshua Wiener, Senior Fellow and Program Director in Aging, Disability & Long Term Care at RTI International; and Robert Blancato, President of Matz, Blancato and Associates and former Executive Director of the 1995 White House Conference on Aging.

The NYIT Center for Gerontology and Geriatrics, the organizer of this one-day event, seeks to prepare society, communities, institutions, and professionals for the challenges of aging. The center, founded in 2007, has sponsored several well-attended conferences related to various aspects of the "age wave."

Co-sponsors of the conference include the American College of Health Care Administrators-New York Chapter, American Parkinson Disease Association, Continuing Care Leadership Coalition, F*E*G*S Health and Human Service System, Geriatric Mental Health Alliance of New York, Home Care Association of New York State, Long Island Alzheimer's Foundation, Long Island Geriatric Education Center @ Stony Brook University, Long Term Care Community Coalition, Long Island Alzheimer's Foundation, Mental Health Association of Nassau County, Nassau County Department of Senior Citizen Affairs, Nassau Health Care Corporation/Nassau University Medical Center, Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council, New York Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, New York Southern Area Aging Network, Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute, State Society on Aging of New York, and Hon. Wayne H. Wink, Jr., Nassau County Legislature.

The conference theme is not only aimed at eldercare professionals working in hospitals, nursing homes, home care agencies, assisted living facilities, senior housing and community-based organizations serving the elderly, but also people in colleges and universities, government, and foundations. Seniors and family members taking care of adult parents or relatives will also find the conference of great interest.

Nursing home administrators will receive six (6) CEU credit hours for attending the conference.

To attend/register for the one-day conference, visit www.nyit.edu/aging.

About NYIT
NYIT is the college of choice for more than 15,000 students currently enrolled in more than 100 courses of study leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees from several schools, including engineering, architecture, business, health professions, and medicine. A private, independent college, NYIT embraces an educational philosophy of career-oriented, professional education and supports application-s oriented research to benefit the greater global community. Students attend classes at NYIT's Manhattan and Long Island campuses, as well as online and in a number of programs throughout the world. For additional information, visit www.nyit.edu.

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