Touro Law Center to Host Aging in Place Conference

Date: June 18, 2014
Media Contact:

Patti Desrochers
Director of Communications
(631) 761-7062

Central Islip, N.Y. – Dean Patricia Salkin is pleased to announce that, in collaboration with Touro College School of Health Sciences and with New York Medical College's Center for Long Term Care Research and Policy, Touro Law will host the inaugural session of the conference “Aging in Place: A Stakeholders' Conference on Care, Healthcare, Finance, and Law” on Friday, June 20, 2014, between 8:30 a.m. and 3:45 p.m.

Through the conference, approximately 40 speakers and field experts have been invited to bring expert information and analysis of the latest developments in the field. The goal is to first calibrate and define the problems encountered by senior citizens as they attempt to maintain meaningful and safe lives in the community and then elicit a critical analysis of the changes that ideally should be made to improve the way we, as private and public stakeholders, address those challenges. The second session of the conference, scheduled to be held on September 18th invites participants to join in facilitated working sessions on innovative models, policies, proposals for legal change, and possible demonstration projects.

Dean Salkin stated, “Touro Law has made a commitment to ensure excellence in the field of aging and longevity law with a new curriculum for law students, an advanced continuing education program for lawyers, and a new institute that puts Touro Law at the cutting edge of this evolving and critical interdisciplinary intersection of law and public policy.”

The June 20th conference is divided into four panel discussions lead by four outstanding keynote speakers. The four panels and their respective keynote speakers are as follows:


  • Panel I: The Comprehensive Care Continuum, Carol Levine, Director, Families and Health Care Project, United Hospital Fund - will address the continuity of care in particular, the often disjointed way in which health and aging care is delivered today.


  • Panel II: Aging and Disability, Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., CEO, Alzheimer’s Foundation of America - will focus on the disabling dimensions of aging: physical, mental, psychological, and social.


  • Panel III: Innovative Strategies for Financing Care and Aging in Place, Greg Olsen, Executive Deputy Director, New York State Office for the Aging – will examine the material needs and challenges of the target population and, to some extent, novel ideas for fixes. 


  • Panel IV: Legal Issues – Policy and Practice, Professor Marianne Artusio, Director, Touro Law Center’s Aging and Longevity Law Institute - will analyze how well the existing legal environment supports the needs of the aging population.  


The conference is being sponsored by AARP. Jean Accius, Director, Health & Long-term Services and Supports, AARP, will be the luncheon speaker and William Stoner, Associate State Director for Livable Communities, AARP, will join the panel on “Innovative Strategies for Financing Care and Aging in Place.”

"With all of the knowledge, expertise and community resources that Long Island already has available it is critical that this conference take place at this point in time to pool these resources together." said Will Stoner, Associate State Director for AARP on Long Island.  "We, as a community, cannot look back years from now and say that we wished we would had taken more steps to ensure that people can stay in their homes and live their best lives right where they are." added Stoner.

For additional information about the conference, please contact the Conference Administrator, Robert Cannon by phone at (631) 761-7190 or by email at