The nation’s population of older adults is set to grow exponentially, with the number of Americans over 65 expected to increase by 18 million in just the next decade. Florida is at the forefront of this trend. The state is home to the highest proportion of residents over age 65—19 percent in comparison to a national average of 13.7 percent. As this population grows, unprecedented stress will be placed on delivery systems and support networks.
The Bipartisan Policy Center’s Senior Health and Housing Task Force hosted a public forum to explore the importance of integrating America’s health care and housing systems. BPC recently released a report, Healthy Aging Begins at Home, to advance policy reforms that would better position communities to support the increasing and diverse health and housing needs of our nation’s older adults.
The forum featured former Senator and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Mel Martinez and regional experts.
The event video will be posted here shortly.
Panel I: Local Innovations to Bridge the Health-Housing Divide
Director, Department of Public Housing and Community Development, Miami-Dade County
President and CEO, Alliance for Aging, Inc.
Senior Vice President, Long-Term Care and Nutrition, Independent Living Systems LLC
Moderator: Dennis Shea
Bipartisan Policy Center
Former Secretary, Department of Housing and Urban Development
Co-Chair, Senior Health and Housing Task Force, BPC
Panel II: Supporting Healthy Aging at Home in Florida
President and CEO, Florida Housing Coalition
Vice President of Programs and Community Investments, Health Foundation of South Florida
Vice President for Nursing and Clinical Care Policy, Florida Hospital Association
Moderator: Steve Bahmer
President and CEO, LeadingAge Florida