It's hard not to wonder what senior-focused public programs and policy will be crafted as the number of Americans who fall into older age brackets continues to grow. Experts in aging policy and caregiving are pondering what the election will mean to programs like
It was a hot topic last week at the
Experts pondered, among other things, "significant potential changes with
He joked that, while preparing to make presentations on what to expect, "everybody threw out their powerpoint" once the national election results were in.
There's no way to predict accurately what a new administration will do, especially as one political party now controls House,
That means both "challenges and opportunities. ... We may have to come up with compromises to protect programs," Lindberg told reporters at a press briefing.
Lots of people predict big changes to hot campaign topics like immigration and the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) because of promises made during the presidential campaign. But many Americans - especially older Americans - may not realize programs like
Other conference experts said few people connect undoing ACA to changing
That ACA and
"ACA is huge. You can't repeal it without hurting a lot of people, including the elderly," Stone said. She predicted that even "playing with"
Amid the worries, a few experts noted that programs could also get a boost. It's too soon to say. But it's certainly something that older Americans - and their younger caregivers, relatives and friends - should watch closely.