Perspectives: Building a Social Movement to Improve Long-Term Care in California

Margaret Mead, the pioneering anthropologist, once said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Last month, Washington, D.C. hosted the 2012 American Society on Aging Conference, and The SCAN Foundation brought together one such group of inspired individuals.

Caregiving, Home and Community-Based Services

Panelists from a variety of backgrounds and fields gathered to share their experiences on organizing California’s older adults, people with disabilities, and caregivers to improve home- and community-based services through social action.  At stake is the ability to age with dignity, choice, and independence for two key groups: today’s seniors and people with disabilities who depend upon a system of long-term services and supports, and baby boomers who will likely need care in the future.