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Volume 17, Issue 2 - May 2017

Director's corner -- John Laitner

This newsletter highlights presentations on the roles of long-term care in the well-being of households at older ages and the challenges associated with old-age cognitive declines, including dementia. These issues must be a part of planning at both public and private levels: when long-term care is needed, the costs can be very high relative to expenses of living while in good health. Our lunchtime speaker, Carlos Mendes de Leon from the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health, touched on the same subjects from an epidemiologist’s point of view.

The MRRC was delighted to welcome to the 2017 workshop Associate Commissioner John Phillips and Economist Lynn Fisher from the Social Security Administration’s Office of Research, Evaluation, and Statistics. Phillips addressed the group on Friday afternoon on the significance and importance of research on special topics outlined each year in a memo from SSA.