Oct. 29 MinnPost event to ask ‘How can we better care for older Minnesotans?’

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In an effort to promote discussion around one of the most important challenges facing Minnesota families and the health care system that serves them, MinnPost and UCare are teaming up to present an Oct. 29 event titled “Preparing for the ‘Silver Tsunami’: How can we better care for Minnesota seniors without breaking the bank?

The free breakfast panel discussion will feature MinnPost Managing Editor Susan Albright leading a discussion with experts from different corners of the state health care community, including:

    • Mary Jo George — Associate State Director – Advocacy, AARP
    • Dr. Thomas Klemond, MD — Palliative Medicine and Community Care Department Chair, Park Nicollet Health Services
    • Gayle Kvenvold — President/CEO, LeadingAge Minnesota
    • State Sen. Tony Lourey — Chair, Health and Human Services Division, Finance Committee
    • Dawn Simonson — Executive Director, Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging

The conversation will be of interest to a broad set of stakeholders engaged in advancing health care in Minnesota: state and local governments, community partners, the health sector, service organizations, and anyone with a personal interest in eldercare issues.

The event will take place 7:30-9 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, in Northrop’s Best Buy Theater on the University of Minnesota campus. Drinks and light breakfast items will be provided.

Registration is required, but admission to the event is free, thanks to the support of UCare.

This is the second time MinnPost and UCare have collaborated to present an event discussing hot topics in Minnesota health care. Last year’s event – titled “Health care equity: How do we get there?” – focused on disparities in the health of Minnesota’s varied populations. (Watch the video.)

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