Mar 112013

Meet us in Chicago! Tomorrow marks the start of the annual American Society on Aging meeting–and Joanne Lynn, MD, MA, MS; Judy Peres, LCSW; and Janice Lynch Schuster, MFA, will be there as faculty members, authors, and participants.

On Thursday and Friday, you can catch Janice and Joanne at 1 p.m. in the Main Exhibit Hall, where we will (wo)man the Authors Island exhibit. Purchase a signed copy of our book, “Handbook for Mortals: Guidance for People Facing Serious Illness,” which offers practical advice and human comfort to patients and loved ones.

Friday early birds can participate in Joanne and Judy’s workshop, “Community Control of Integrated Services for Frail Elders: A Sustainable MediCaring Model”, a 60-minute Workshop (to be held in Columbus IJ, East Tower, Gold Level Hyatt Regency). Joanne and Judy will describe our strategy for “making it safe to grow old”, and ways we can improve aging services to effectively meet the complex needs of frail elders and their loved ones.

At 11 a.m., Friday, Joanne and Janice will present their workshop, “Four Kinds of People: Caregiving and the Women’s Movement” (Regency D, West Tower, Gold Level, Hyatt Regency). The talk will inspire you to act up a little–or a lot–in your own community, with a focus on using public narrative theories to engage partners and push for improvement.

It will be an exciting week. If you’d like to catch up with Medicaring–coffee always welcome–send us an email at, and we’ll see what we can arrange. But most of all, learn as much as you can, and take it home, where you can use it to improve care for frail elders in your area.

Key words: American Society on Aging, #AIA2013, Medicaring, community mobilization, public narrative, advocacy, frail elders

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