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Event: Enhancing the Employability and Well-Being of Low-Income Older Americans

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011
9:00-11:00 a.m. ET



Wednesday, June 29, 2011
9:00–11:00 a.m. ET

Online registration is now closed. We still have seats available and you are welcome to attend. Please sign in at the front desk.

To watch the video webcast or a recording, go to
(No registration is necessary).


  • Joe Angelelli, Pennsylvania state director, PHI
  • Holly Hudson, Senior Community Service and Employment Program director, First Tennessee Human Resource Agency
  • Demetra Nightingale, senior fellow, Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population, Urban Institute, and coauthor of, Repairing the U.S. Social Safety Net (moderator)
  • Ilene Rosenthal, deputy secretary, Maryland Department of Aging
  • Andrew Sum, professor of economics and director of the Center for Labor Market Studies at Northeastern University


  • Sara Rix, senior strategic policy advisor, AARP Public Policy Institute
  • Ray Uhalde, vice president, Workforce and Education Policy, and former deputy assistant secretary of employment and training, U.S. Department of Labor

Older Americans have been particularly hard hit by the current economic downturn, with their unemployment rate reaching the highest level in 30 years. Adding to the problem, many safety net program budgets have been cut severely. To serve more low-income older adults with fewer resources, government programs and private-sector organizations are collaborating, including the federal Senior Community Service Employment Program, area agencies on aging, the workforce development system, community action agencies, and postsecondary educational institutions. 

This forum will examine how cross-system partnerships, policies, and practices can improve low-income older Americans’ employment, civic engagement, well-being, and self-sufficiency. Andrew Sum will present new data to set the stage for understanding the employment and self-sufficiency challenges faced by low-income older adults. Joe Angelelli, Holly Hudson, and Ilene Rosenthal will discuss examples of collaborative efforts to increase the employability and well-being of these older adults.

Discussants Ray Uhalde and Sara Rix will offer national perspectives on collaborative strategies serving older adults and will join moderator Demetra Nightingale and the panelists in an in-depth discussion with the audience at the event and those participating via the webcast.

- Bios
- Joe Angelelli slides
- Ilene Rosenthal slides
- Joseph McLaughlin slides
- Public Policy and Aging Report
- Concerned & Considerate, Cost Effective & Responsible Social Services
- Senior Community Service Employment Program; The Digital Inclusion Initiative
- Senior Community Service Employment Program; Title V of the Older Americans Act

At the Urban Institute
2100 M Street N.W., 5th Floor, Washington, D.C.
Breakfast will be provided at 8:45 a.m. The forum begins promptly at 9:00 a.m.

This event is supported through funding from Senior Service America, Inc.

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