On Wednesday, April 28th we joined the Special Interest Group: Health Care for a discussion with Prof. Mercè Boada, MD, PhD, Chief Medical Officer, Fundació ACE, Barcelona Alzheimer Treatment and Research Center; and Margarita Estévez-Abe, PhD, Co-Director, Center for European Studies Department of Political Science, Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs, Syracuse University.
We are saddened that we have not been able to convene in person since November 2019, but we want to keep this important network going until we can gather again.
The objective of the Women in Health Care Special Interest Group is to bring together female leaders within health care and beyond to discuss shared priorities and innovative ways to improve women's health and health care in general. We want to create a space where members with mutual interests can meet and connect with one another.
The world is a different place since we were last together, and as leaders invested in health care, we have been at the forefront of this crisis in many ways. As we reflect on how the pandemic affected families and older adults, we look towards the future and want to consider how we could design for different outcomes.
The frontline of the baby boomer wave reaches 85 in 2030. For the first time, that cohort will outnumber their children. One in three will need residential care for some time, and three in four may require a high level of care for a long period. This is a global issue, and not just for seniors who wonder who will care for them and at what price if or when they cannot live independently. The 30-, 40-, 50- and 60-somethings are also beginning to consider how to plan for and manage the care for parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, and whether desirable and affordable options will exist.
There are creative, uplifting models of care, senior living, and social policy being explored and implemented in many countries. They are embracing the changing demographics and technologies that could support more seniors to age independently at home, even with serious health conditions. Join us to hear about progressive models for senior care and living in countries such as Spain, Japan, Denmark, and Sweden. And, in breakout groups, you will have the chance to share challenges, opportunities, and solutions that excite you as we look to assure a future that accommodates, supports, and celebrates each of us as we age.
We are gratified and excited at how the network continues to grow, and the continued impressive turnout of a global network of outstanding women in health care. Please see recording below: