Josefina Carbonell
, ILS Senior Vice President, Long term Care and Nutrition, will discuss reshaping national health care policy at two upcoming conferences on aging: the White House Conference on Aging held July 13 in Washington D.C. and the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (N4A) Conference held July 11 “ 15 in Philadelphia.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Medicare, Medicaid, and the Older Americans Act and the 40th anniversary of N4A.

Both conferences will address modifying health care policy in these key areas: helping older Americans remain healthy and independent as they age, promoting retirement security, preventing financial exploitation, and combating other forms of elder abuse.

Americans are living longer than ever before. In 2012, life expectancy at birth reached a record high of 78.8 years.

Carbonell is the former Assistant Secretary for Aging at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and considered a leader in the field of health care policy for older Americans.

“This is a historic period as more Americans are living longer than ever before,” Carbonell said. “In order for that to happen, we need to address important issues impacting the quality of life of Americans as we age.  I am optimistic that the private and public sector can make strides to positively impact health outcomes and the availability of Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS) for older Americans as we look ahead to the next decade.”