Oberlin College and Conservatory

The Future of Affordable Health Care in an Aging Population

Saturday, October 5, 2013 at 9:00am to 5:00pm

Warner Concert Hall
77 West College Street, Oberlin, OH 44074

The aging of our population is one of the most challenging issues facing 21st century America, placing stress on our health care system and our communities. This symposium will shed light on how we as a nation and as members of small communities can provide services to the elderly in a financially and ethically responsible manner. Issues include furnishing aging individuals an environment that will foster vital and productive lives, help them manage health problems, and encourage them to make wise choices. The speakers will offer their own professional perspectives, and the panel discussion will provide an opportunity for extended conversation and reflection.

9:15 AM Introduction

Moderator, Robert Longsworth, Kendal at Oberlin resident

9:30 AM The Affordable Care Act and the Future of Medicare: An Economist's Perspective

Frank A. Sloan, J. Alexander McMahon Professor of Health Policy and Management and Professor of Economics, Duke University

10:15 AM Relocation and Adjustment to Living in Senior Housing

Heidi H. Ewen, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology & Gerontology; Scripps Research Fellow, Miami University

11:00 AM Break

11:15 AM Aging in Uncertain Times

May L. Wykle, Marvin E. and Ruth Durr Denekas Professor of Nursing, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University

Noon Lunch on your own. We encourage participants to meet in small groups to discuss the morning’s presentations and to frame questions for the afternoon panel discussion

2:00 PM Panel discussion amongst the speakers with questions from the floor

3:30 PM Concluding remarks, Joyce Babyak, Acting Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

This symposium is sponsored by the Kendal at Oberlin Residents Association; the J. Milton Yinger Lectureship; and the offices of the President and the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Oberlin College.

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Office of the President, Administrative



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Robert Longsworth

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