The recession has had a devastating impact on the economic well-being of low income senior citizens, particularly people of color. The ongoing debate over the future of Social Security and Medicare leaves seniors living near the poverty line with an uncertain future. The OKDHS Policy and Practice Lecture Series will host Karyne Jones, President and CEO of the National Caucus and Center on Black Aged, to discuss the growing economic threats faced by low income elderly African Americans. The presentation will also address disparities that African-Americans and other minorities still face in terms of treatment, access and affordability. She will discuss the impact of the Affordable Care act on seniors, particularly for minority seniors and, if changes are not addressed now, the economic impact it will have.
THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2012, NOON TO 1 P.M.
800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive, Oklahoma City, OK 73105
The National Caucus and Center on Black Aged, Inc., (NCBA) is the only national organization solely devoted to making minority aging services a national priority. Jones leads NCBA in its efforts to deliver fair and affordable housing, employment services, and healthcare intervention programs for low-income African Americans and other minority seniors. All lectures are free and open to the public. OKDHS staff can receive training credit for this event. CEUs are available for social workers. For more information contact the Office of Planning, Research and Statistics at 405-521-3552. View the complete lecture series lineup at: Practice and Policy Lecture Series website (Link opens in new window).