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Episode 54: Disability and Aging: Community Living and Policy

Wednesday, March 7, 2018


Episode 54 Resources: Disability and Aging: Community Living and Policy

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Episode 54 Transcript (PDF)
Transcripción en español 54 (PDF)


Joe Caldwell, Director Long-Term Services –  National Council on Aging (NCOA)
Leslie Fried, Senior Director – Center for Benefits Access – National Council on Aging (NCOA)


Older adults and individuals with disabilities share desires to live independently in the community and age with dignity and respect. However, our current system of long-term services and supports (LTSS) forces individuals to impoverish themselves, places enormous burdens on unpaid family caregivers, and is based towards nursing homes and institutional services.

This episode of ADA Live! is the first of a two-part conversation with the National Council on Aging (NCOA). In this episode, Joe Caldwell, Director of Long-Term Services and Supports, will discuss:

  • Important community living policy issues for older adults, including: LTSS financing, access to Medicaid home and community-based services, and healthy aging and falls prevention.
  • Collaboration among national aging and disability organizations to advance community-living policy.

Featured Organization

National Council on Aging (NCOA)
Improving the health and economic security of older adults.  The National Council on Aging is the respected national leader and trusted partner to help people aged 60+ meet the challenges of aging. The National Council on Aging partners with nonprofit organizations, government, and business to provide innovative community programs and services, online help, and advocacy.
• Vision: A just and caring society in which each of us, as we age, lives with dignity, purpose, and security.
• Mission: Improve the lives of millions of older adults, especially those who are struggling.
• Social Impact Goal: Improve the health and economic security of 10 million older adults by 2020.