Notice of Discussion on Caregiving

Susan Eng, CARP VP of Advocacy, took part in a one hour talk radio talk show to discuss caregiving with Susan Reinhard, AARP VP of Public Policy. The discussion was moderated by the radio program’s host Dr. Gordon Atherley. The episode will air on the VoiceAmerica radio network on February 2nd at 1pm Eastern Standard Time. The interview will be archived at the URL: if you wish to listen

Gordon Atherley holds the British equivalent to the Canadian Ph.D. and M.D. degrees, and a L.L.D., Honoris Causa, from Simon Fraser University. He is President of Virtual Care International and Principal of Greyhead Associates.

Susan C. Reinhard serves as Senior Vice President for Public Policy at AARP. In that role, she directs the AARP Public Policy Institute, which is the focal point for public policy research and analysis (federal, state and international) at AARP. Its mission is to inform the development of AARP’s public policy positions and to contribute to and influence public debate on issues of importance to midlife and older Americans.

Prior to this appointment, Dr. Reinhard served as a Professor and Co-Director of Rutgers Center for State Health Policy. She is a national expert in long-term care, with special expertise in helping people manage their chronic disabilities at home. She began her career as a visiting nurse, which led to her lifelong dedication to supporting individuals and their families. As Deputy Commissioner for the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, Dr. Reinhard worked with three Governors to develop new programs for home care and respite for family caregivers. She has worked with more than 30 states to create and fund similar programs. Her Burden Assessment Scale has been used internationally by other researchers who study the effectiveness of family caregiver programs in reducing their stress. She is committed to teaching nurses and other professionals how to interact with consumers and their families in ways that reinforce what they are doing well on their own and what more they can do to manage their daily challenges.

Dr. Reinhard’s background includes clinical care, nursing education, research, policy development, and state governmental relations. In previous work, she co-founded the Institute for the Future of Aging Services in Washington, DC and served as its Executive Director of the Center for Medicare Education. She is a former faculty member at the Rutgers College of Nursing and Chair of the Expert Panel on Aging at the American Academy of Nursing. She holds a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Cincinnati, and a Ph.D., in Sociology from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

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