Aspen Spotlight Health 2017: Caregiving

Follow along with live updates from the team at Aspen Ideas Festival's Spotlight Health conference, as top experts and thought leaders explore the state of caregiving in America.

THURSDAY, noon: unveiled the #WhoCares photography exhibit at Spotlight Health 2017, celebrating caregivers who power our economy. Show you care, and find out how you can continue the conversation in your community


HAPPY FRIDAY! Before programming gets started for the day, we wanted to share some quick highlights form Thursday evening's opening and welcome. 

The theme of the evening was that good health goes beyond medicine and doctors -- it's about education, equality, security and community. This carried through from the opening remarks to the inspiring #BoldIdeas. And, of course, the topic of care came up in the discussion. 

Here's an excerpt from the opening narration by Jonathan LaPook, a board-certified physician and chief medical correspondent for CBS News: 

From birth to death, we depend on others to nurture and heal us. But what should that care look like? How should it be delivered? And by whom? How we tend to others at their most vulnerable moments, and how we treat those who provide this needed care, speaks volumes about our humanity. Let’s make sure our actions reflect our values. 

And one #BoldIdeas talk that really had us talking came from IBM Watson Health GM Deborah DiSanzo, who shared how her personal experience caring for a family member with Alzheimer's and dementia has influenced the way she thinks about the potential applications for AI in companion care.  Read our coverage of DiSanzo's talk and other trends in senior care here

Friday morning, presented a panel exploring the economic impact of care on the workplace kicked off Friday morning. The panel featured Harvard Business School Professor Joseph B. Fuller unveiling new insights from groundbreaking Care Economy research conducted by HBS and PwC. Following that, 60 Minutes producer Denise Cetta moderated a panel featuring Founder Chairwoman and CEO Sheila Lirio Marcelo, Dignity Health CEO Lloyd Dean, PwC Partner Keith Fengler and Fuller, of HBS. For more on the post, check out our Storify below. 

The relationships between care and work continued to be a focus on Friday afternoon. Patagonia CEO Rose Marcario and GE Ventures CEO Sue Siegel emphasized the importance of family care benefits for employees, while NDWA Executive Director Ai-jen Poo and others championed the cause of professionalizing care work. You can find coverage of the Care + Work and Jobs of Tomorrow panels in the Storify below. 

Finally, later on Friday afternoon, came the "Managing the Maze of Elder Care" panel featuring Jobs with Justice Executive Director Sarita Gupta and Dr. Alicia Georges, president-elect of the AARP Board. Below you'll find a thread of tweets capturing many of Gupta's points from the panel.

See you tomorrow! 

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