Need Your Opinion: Women and Aging Panel Discussion

Our good friends at Volunteers of America are having their second Women and Aging Panel Discussion.  David Burch of VOA asked me for some input on their panel discussion, but the best people to ask are you!!  Please share your input by commenting on this post, and I will send the consolidated feedback over to David.

Hi Ryan,

Hope all’s well with you. I wanted to let you know about a panel discussion Volunteers of America will host on Tuesday, May 11 at the National Press Club in Washington on the topic of women and aging.

Like we did with our panel last year, we’d like to gather feedback from bloggers like you who write about issues affecting older Americans. The panelists will explore the health care, financial and societal issues affecting older women that will influence workplaces, public policy and the economy for years to come. Some of the questions we’ll explore include:

  • What should be done to care for elderly women who have exhausted their resources caring for others?
  • How can a woman prepare for her own golden years while balancing careers, children and caring for parents or loved ones?

Please feel free to email me any questions you would like to ask the panel.

For those of your who aren’t familiar with the Women and Aging Panel Discussion, you should take it look.  There’s a great line-up planned.

Chuck Gould and Volunteers of America Push the Envelope on Senior Care Models

In this Leaders in Elder Care interview, I spoke to Chuck Gould, president and CEO of Volunteers of America.  I first ran into the folks from VOA when one of their marketing people, David Burch, solicited questions for their panel with Newt Gingrich and Tom Daschle.

Upon researching Volunteers of America, I was surprised (and impressed) to find that they are:

  • The largest not-for-profit provider for elders and individuals with disability
  • The 4th largest non-profit skilled nursing provider
  • The 6th largest non-profit assisted living provider

I really enjoyed the discussion with Chuck for a couple of reasons.  First, I could really sense the commitment and passion in his work – you could feel it from the conversation.  Second, they are really pushing the envelope in terms of changing the way they think about and provide senior care.  The organization has many communities throughout the country, providing them an opportunity to experiment with different levels of care and alternative care models.  Because they are not tied to a single model of care, they are free to pick and choose the components of each that work.

Enjoy the interview!

About Chuck Gould and Volunteers of America

Charles W. (Chuck) Gould serves as national president and chief executive officer of Volunteers of America. He provides leadership to one of America’s largest and most comprehensive nonprofit, faith-based organizations.

Gould oversees the organization and its more than 16,000 employees and 90,000 volunteers. With combined revenues of almost $900 million, and programs that help more than 2 million people in more than 400 communities, the organization continues to grow.

Before his selection as national president in 1995, Gould was president of Volunteers of America Health Services, a division of the organization that provides skilled nursing care and other health services. Previously he was an attorney with Arnold & Porter law firm in Washington, D.C.

Gould is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School and a member of the Minnesota, District of Columbia and Colorado State bars.  He serves as chairman of the ASAE Key Philanthropic Organization Committee; as a member of the board of directors and previous chairman of the National Human Services Assembly; and is a member of the board of directors of the National Affordable Housing Trust (NAHT) and the American Association of Home and Services for the Aging (AAHSA).

Volunteers of America is a national, nonprofit, faith-based organization dedicated to helping those in need live healthy, safe and productive lives. We offer a variety of services for older Americans that allow them to maintain their independence and quality of life – everything from an occasional helping hand to full-time, around-the-clock care. Since 1896, our ministry of service has supported and empowered America’s most vulnerable groups, including the frail elderly, those with disabilities or requiring specialized nursing care, and many others. Our work touches the mind, body, heart-and ultimately the spirit-of those we serve, integrating our deep compassion with highly effective programs and services.

Contact Information

For more information about Volunteers of America:

Volunteers of America
1660 Duke Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
(800) 899-0089

Now Online: Forum with Daschle, Gingrich and Volunteers of America Discuss Healthcare for Seniors

A few weeks back, I was approached by David Burch, Communications Manager at Volunteers of America.  David was soliciting questions and concerns for a very interesting panel to be held in Washington DC.

Here’s a recap of the event from David:

On Monday, June 8, Volunteers of America hosted a panel discussion at the National Press Club on the future of healthcare and services for seniors in America. More than 400 people joined us for this lively conversation featuring leading healthcare reform advocates Tom Daschle and Newt Gingrich, as well as cultural anthropologist Mary Catherine Bateson and Volunteers of America National President Chuck Gould.

If you were unable to attend, you can watch select clips from “Boomer Bust: From Greatest Generation to Crisis Generation,” as well as video of the entire event, online at A detailed overview of the event also can be found here.

The panel discussion served to launch Volunteers of America’s new Aging with Options initiative, which aims to transform the way senior care is provided in America by creating new choices, including more access to home care. A conversation with Volunteers of America National President Chuck Gould, in which he discusses his thoughts on the future of health care and services for seniors, can be found at

Brief clips highlighting Chuck Gould’s key points are also posted on Volunteers of America’s YouTube channel:

Looks like a great start to the conversation.  However, I noticed one major omission from this discussion.  While I certainly have the utmost respect for the policy expertise of the panel, I would have liked to have seen some family representation to encourage that side of the debate.

That being said, David graciously accepted my questions and I am happy to have participated.  The clips on the site above are a good summary.