They’ve been called “humble heroes,” the men and women who care for an aging or ill parent without pay and often while juggling a job and raising children. The national conversation about this stressful work of tens of millions of people is a quiet one — though critically important. This Washington Post forum will look at better ways to support family caregivers and highlight their critical role in America today.
Guidebook author and travel television host Rick Steves took his first trip to Europe in 1969, visiting piano factories with his father. In 1976, he started his business, Europe Through the Back Door, which has grown from a one-man operation to a company with a staff of 80 at his headquarters in Washington state. There he produces more than 50 guidebooks on European travel, a travel series on public television, a weekly hour-long national public radio show and a syndicated column.
Trudi Inslee and her husband, Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee, were married in 1972 and moved to Selah, Wash. in 1976. They raised their three sons in an old farmhouse, grew alfalfa on four acres surrounded by apple orchards and became involved in a campaign to build a new high school. Jay and Trudi moved back to Western Washington in 1995 and have resided in Kitsap County ever since. Trudi has volunteered in her sons’ schools and with nonprofits that focus on women and children, including NARAL Pro-Choice Washington, Court Appointed Special Advocates, Planned Parenthood and Mothers Against Violence in America.
Kevin W. Quigley became Secretary of the Department of Social and Health Services on Jan. 16, 2013. He was appointed to the post by Gov. Jay Inslee. Previously, Quigley was president of US Fab, LLC, a shipbuilder in the Pacific Northwest. He has served as president of Everett Shipyard, co-president of Gear.com, Inc. and as executive director for strategic initiatives and global business development for Teledesic LLC. From 1993 to 1997, Quigley was a state senator and chair of the Health and Long-Term Care Committee.
Alene Moris started consulting in 1971 with both for-profit and non-profit organizations affecting employed women. She co-founded the Individual Development Center, a Seattle career counseling service for men and women. She also developed life and career planning programs for many national woman’s organizations. Most recently, she has been involved with community efforts to create new ways for elders to support each other as they age.
Dr. Jack Watters
Vice President for External Medical Affairs, Pfizer Inc.
Dr. Jack Watters is Pfizer’s vice president for external medical affairs, responsible for relations with medical societies, academic institutions and government health bodies around the globe. Dr. Watters has also represented Pfizer on matters of corporate responsibility and human rights, especially relating to raising political will for the plight of people with HIV/AIDS and the older citizen.
Donna L. Wagner, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, College of Health and Social Services, New Mexico State University
Dr. Donna Wagner has been conducting research on family caregiving with a focus on the development and effectiveness of employer based programs to support employees with caregiving responsibilities since the 1980s. She most recently directed the study “Best Practices in Workplace Eldercare” for ReACT and the National Alliance for Caregiving. She is fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education.
Shilpen Patel, MD, FACRO
Faculty, University of Washington Medical Center
Shilpen Patel is an associate professor in Radiation Oncology at the University of Washington. In addition, he currently serves as immediate past chair of the American Medical Association’s Young Physician Section and chairs the board of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. He also serves as Medical Director to the Clinical Outcomes Assessment Program for the Foundation for Health Care Quality.
Hooyman Endowed Professor in Gerontology, University of Washington School of Social Work
Nancy Hooyman holds the Hooyman Professorship of Gerontology and is dean emeritus at the University of Washington School of Social Work. Nationally recognized for her scholarship on family caregiving, she is the author of 12 books and over 130 articles and chapters. She is principal investigator of the Council on Social Work Education’s National Center for Gerontological Social Work Education. A fellow in the Gerontological Society of America, she received the CSWE Significant Lifetime Achievement in Social Work Education Award and was inducted into the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare.
Managing Director, High Lantern Group; Convener, Respect A Caregiver’s Time (ReACT)
Drew Holzapfel is managing director at High Lantern Group. He also serves as the executive director of The Global CEO Initiative on Alzheimer’s disease, a coalition of corporations investing in Alzheimer’s disease research, treatment and care. Previously, he was at Pfizer, where he led efforts around the company’s Alzheimer’s program. During his tenure at Pfizer, Holzapfel launched ReACT (Respect A Caregiver’s Time), a corporate coalition seeking to support employees who are caring for loved ones with age-related, chronic conditions.
Community Services Program Coordinator, Area Agency on Aging and Disabilities of Southwest Washington
Christina Marneris was part of the family caregiver journey with her siblings as they cared for their mom. That experience brings her perspective as she serves as the community services program coordinator for the Family Caregiver Support Program at the Area Agency on Aging and Disabilities of Southwest Washington. In her free time, Marneris enjoys walking, cooking and traveling.
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Caregiving in America Program Agenda | Feb. 19, 2014
9:00 a.m. | Opening Remarks
- Debra Whitman, Executive Vice President for Policy, Strategy and International Affairs, AARP
9:05 a.m. | Caring Across the Miles: A Conversation with Rick Steves
- Rick Steves, Travel Writer and Television Host
9:20 a.m. | How Do We Better Support Caregivers?
- Nancy Hooyman, Hooyman Endowed Professor in Gerontology, University of Washington School of Social Work
- Shilpen Patel, Faculty, University of Washington Medical Center
- Christina Marneris, Community Services Program Coordinator, Area Agency on Aging and Disabilities of Southwest Washington
- Alene Moris, Consultant
9:45 a.m. | A View from Washington State
- Trudi Inslee, First Lady, Washington State
- Kevin Quigley, Secretary of the Department of Social and Health Services, Washington State
10:05 a.m. | Break
10:15 a.m. | What Employers Can Do
- Drew Holzapfel, Managing Director, High Lantern Group; Convener, Respect A Caregiver’s Time (ReACT)
- Jack Watters, Vice President for External Medical Affairs, Pfizer Inc.
- Donna Wagner, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, College of Health and Social Services, New Mexico State University
10:40 a.m. | Why We Care: A Conversation with Mayor Ed Murray
- Seattle Mayor Ed Murray
11:00 a.m. | Forum ends