We’re living longer than ever before, and at some point, we will all need care from a family or professional caregiver. Today, nearly 42 million Americans provide unpaid care to an older person—often a family member—while the direct care workforce comprises about 4.5 million workers. Still, elder caregiving has long been one of the most overlooked issues facing our nation–exacerbated by the undervalued nature of the work–and our long-term care infrastructure is unprepared. Factors such as significant long-term care costs, a shortage of paid workers, a dearth of supports for family caregivers, and lack of social insurance have led to a care crisis, made more complex by systemic inequity, with racial and gender disparities influencing both access and quality of care. The pandemic has exposed a broken system, bringing much-needed attention to elder care. What will it take for older Americans—and their caregivers—to age and care with dignity? The incoming administration has laid out a plan to dramatically change the way older adults are cared for in our country, and philanthropy is well-positioned to play an instrumental role in reshaping a broken system. Join the Aging Intersections Funder Network to examine the care economy and how we can better respond to the crisis upon us.
This Session Will Explore:
- Deep historical and persistent inequities in the care economy that impact older adults, particularly older adults of color and/or low-income older adults.
- Short-term and long-term funding opportunities and policy options that can address direct service gaps and systemic shifts (e.g. financing, workforce development, quality of care, culture change, etc.).
- A new resource in the Aging Intersections Funder Network.
Anni Chung, President and CEO, Self-Help for the Elderly
Anni Chung of San Francisco is the President and CEO of Self-Help for the Elderly (SHE), a community-based organization for mostly immigrant, low-income, and monolingual Asian seniors. SHE began as part of the federal “War on Poverty” Initiative in 1966 and now serves 40,000+ seniors in San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Alameda, and Contra Costa counties. Anni Chung served as CEO since 1981. She oversees and manages SHE, which has expanded since 1981 and now offers a comprehensive range of eldercare services to seniors in the Bay Area, which include Home Health Aides and Caregivers’ Training, Employment and Supportive Services, Licensed HomeCare and Hospice Services, Assisted Living for seniors with dementia and other services. Anni Chung is a Board member of the Asian & Pacific Islander Council, the City College of San Francisco Parcel Tax Committee, and the Wildflowers Institute. Anni Chung was appointed to California Commission on Aging by Governor Newsom for a 3-year term from Oct 2020 to Oct 2023. Anni Chung is also the Producer of a Chinese Television show called “Chinese Journal” for KTSF-TV 26.
Sade Dozan, Director of Development, Caring Across Generations
Sade Dozan, Caring Across Generations' Director of Development, is a witness to the power collective voice has in shifting culture and policies surrounding under-resourced communities and marginalized groups. Through her decade-long career in organization resource-building and nonprofit development, she has worked to secure funds for inter-generational campaigns, health and community initiatives, as well as economic development pipelines. She brings with her a wealth of project management experience, institutional and donor relations, and fundraising systems development. A proud member of the “sandwich generation,” Sade balances caring for her elderly parents and her developing toddler as she works to achieve sustainable care for all.
Josephine Kalipeni, Strategic Advisor, Caring Across Generations
Josephine Kalipeni is a key strategic advisor to Caring Across Generations. She brings her expertise includes grassroots and faith organizing, consumer engagement, and equity policy in health, education, and international affairs. She initially worked in family crisis case management and social work, experiencing the hardships of families navigating broken systems. This led her to advocacy and policy development work.
Wendy Todd, Independent Consultant, Wendy Todd Consulting
Wendy Todd is an independent consultant who helps mission-driven organizations learn, strategize, and make change. Wendy’s expertise is in gathering and synthesizing information to facilitate data-driven decision-making. In addition, Wendy is known for successfully facilitating cross-sector collaborations to advance social change.
Heather M. Young, Professor and Founding Dean, Emerita Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing
Dr. Young is a nationally recognized leader in gerontological nursing. Her research and clinical interest is the promotion of healthy aging with a particular focus on the interface between family and formal health-care systems. Her research has focused on family caregiving and the use of telehealth and community-based strategies to promote health for older adults and increase organizational capacity to serve older adults and their families. Dr. Young is a Senior Policy Fellow with AARP focusing on family caregiving and co-director of the Family Caregiving Institute at UC Davis. She served as a Commissioner for the California Future Health Workforce Commission and as a member of the Stakeholder Advisory Committee to the California Master Plan on Aging. She is Vice-Chair of the board of trustees of the Archstone Foundation.
In addition to her extensive academic and research background, Dr. Young also has experience as a critical care nurse and as a geriatric nurse practitioner in community-based long-term care. Previously, Dr. Young directed the John A. Hartford Center for Geriatric Nursing Excellence at Oregon Health and Science University and the Office of Rural Health Research. Prior to that, Dr. Young held a joint appointment on faculty at the University Of Washington School Of Nursing and as the chief operations officer for a retirement community company. During her time there, she directed the de Tornyay Center for Healthy Aging.
This program is open to NCG members and nonmember funders.