As the Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, Ai-jen Poo is a relentless community organizer and has just released her new book The Age of Dignity: Preparing for the Elder Boom in a Changing America. 1. In your book, you see the elder boom as “one of our greatest opportunities for positive, transformative change at every level.” What is your vision?
Through the elder boom, we have an opportunity to completely reimagine how we as Americans spend our later years in life. And this could create ripple effects throughout our society that would benefit generations to come.
This generation of seniors is more active and living longer than ever before. They want to stay connected to their families, friends and communities. They want to live independently in their homes for as long as possible. This opens up a tremendous opportunity to bring significant change to all aspects of care infrastructure, and the culture and policies that support it – from housing and transportation, to the workforce that will be needed to meet the increasing demand for home care.
So at the personal level, we can r …