Thur., Nov. 8, 2012, Noon to 1 p.m.
The Future of Serving Oklahoma Seniors
Governor's Blue Room
Oklahoma State Capitol
Lance Robertson, Director
OKDHS Aging Services Division
With the rapid and continued growth of the aging population in our nation and state, all organizations find themselves confronted with the pressures of meeting the demand of this cohort. Mr. Robertson will provide unique insight on how Oklahoma can further improve its service delivery to seniors in need. He will also discuss the reauthorization of the Older Americans Act and federal budget issues, both significant drivers in the reshaping of the aging network landscape. Various federal initiatives will also be discussed as we break down the future of long term services and supports and the desire to provide choice to seniors with an emphasis on home and community based care.
About the Speaker:
In August 2007, Lance Robertson became the state’s Director of the Aging Services Division, Oklahoma Department of Human Services. As Director of Aging Services, he is responsible for a budget of $350 million dollars (Medicaid/Federal & State) and oversees 17 major aging services programs, including the Older Americans Act program and the State’s Home & Community Based Services Medicaid Waiver ADvantage program. He leads a statewide team of 265 staff members.
A career gerontologist, he was at Oklahoma State University for twelve years, where he co-founded the Gerontology Institute and contractually served as Executive Director of PartnerShips for Aging, the largest regional gerontology association in the United States. He was the recipient of the 2004 Oklahoma Aging Professional of the Year Award, the Salute to Leaders in Aging National Award (Caregiver Category), and the national CareHeroes Professional Award.
His undergraduate and graduate coursework are from Oklahoma State University. He is a graduate of The Governor’s Executive Development Program for State Officials and a member of the first class (1997) of the Oklahoma Aging Advocacy Leadership Academy. He currently serves as the President of the National Association of States United for Aging & Disability (NASUAD), the chief national authority on aging and disability issues. He resides with his wife and two daughters in Edmond, Oklahoma.
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