Aging expert Stone to deliver annual Friedman Lecture May 8

Robyn I. Stone, PhD, noted researcher and leading international authority on aging and long-term care policy, will deliver the 2014 Friedman Lecture Thursday, May 8, in Brown Hall on the Danforth Campus of Washington University in St. Louis.

Stone will speak on “Developing the Workforce for an Aging America.”

Given the aging of the population, an increased need will arise for physicians, social workers, public health professionals, nurses, health-care support staff, physical therapists, business and law professionals and other aging-related personnel. The lecture and panel discussion that follows will examine ways that today’s educators and organizations can confront these demographic challenges and the impending workforce shortages.

The event, from 8:30 a.m. to noon, is free and open to the public. Check-in will begin at 8:30 a.m., followed at 9 a.m. with awards, the keynote address, a panel discussion and a reception.

Stone is executive director of the LeadingAge Center for Applied Research. She has a long history of affecting policy regarding aging issues, having worked for the Federal Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (now known as the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality) and served as White House deputy assistant secretary for disability, aging and long-term care policy and as acting assistant secretary for aging in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in President Bill Clinton’s administration.

Stone also was a senior researcher at the National Center for Health Services as well as at Project Hope’s Center for Health Affairs. She was on the staff of the 1989 Bipartisan Commission on Comprehensive Health Care and the 1993 Clinton administration’s Task Force on Health Care Reform. She earned a doctorate in public health from the University of California, Berkeley.

After the keynote, a panel discussion will highlight local perspectives and feature these experts:

  • Lenise Cummings-Vaughn, MD, assistant professor of geriatrics and nutritional sciences at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis;
  • Thomas Meuser, PhD, associate professor of gerontology and social work at the University of Missouri-St. Louis;
  • Dale Kreienkamp, vice president for human resources at Lutheran Senior Services; and
  • Gina Hilberry, president and principal architect of Cohen Hilberry Architects.

In addition, the Alene and Meyer Kopolow Award and the Dorismae and Harvey A. Friedman Award will be given at the event on behalf of the Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging and The Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

For more details and to register, visit here.