Visionary Award Nominee: Lynn Friss Feinberg


Visionary Award Nominee: Lynn Friss Feinberg

Nominated by: Molly Evans

Tell us about the nominee's caregiving story.
Lynn Friss Feinberg is Senior Strategic Policy Advisor at the AARP Public Policy Institute, responsible for family caregiving and long-term care issues. She came to AARP from the National Partnership for Women & Families, serving as the first Director of the Campaign for Better Care.

Previously, Ms. Feinberg served as Deputy Director of the National Center on Caregiving at the San Francisco-based Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA). At FCA, she directed the National Consensus Project for Caregiver Assessment, and led the first 50-state study on publicly-funded caregiving programs in the U.S. She has published and lectured widely on family care policy and practice, and has served on numerous advisory boards and committees to address aging, caregiving, and long-term care issues, including the American Bar Association’s Commission on Law and Aging, and the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Committee on Family Caregiving for Older Adults.

Currently, Ms. Feinberg is Immediate Past Chair of the American Society on Aging (ASA), Chair of the Public Policy Committee at the Gerontological Society of America (GSA), and an elected member of the National Academy for Social Insurance (NASI). In 2007-2008, Ms. Feinberg was selected as the John Heinz Senate Fellow in Aging, serving in the office of former U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer. In 2015, she received the Paul Nathanson Distinguished Advocate Award from Justice in Aging, for her career work on family care issues. Ms. Feinberg holds a master’s degree in social welfare and gerontology from the University of California at Berkeley.

Tell us about the support the nominee provides. What makes it innovative? How has the support made caregiving easier or better?

Lynn Feinberg is both an innovative thinker and staunch advocate for caregivers. Having been a long-distance caregiver with her 2 sisters for her elderly mother, she has a personal connection to caregivers. She has taken this personal family situation and turned it into her career, passionately supporting policies and research that will improve the lives of caregivers across the country. In her own words: "Although family caregiving is an intensely personal issue, it also has become a critical public policy matter that can no longer be ignored. It touches just about every family in every state across party lines. That’s why a national conversation about the health, economic, and social issues facing family caregivers has never been more important."

How does the nominee inspire others?

Lynn not only inspires her colleagues to consider the challenges of caregiving each day in their own work, so too does she travel across the country to inspire other researchers, policymakers and innovators to think outside the box. She has written books, delivered speeches and served on countless boards to inspire others in the caregiving realm. This is one of many speeches she has delivered to educate and inspire others:

Please provide testimonials of family caregivers or former family caregivers who benefit from this support.

"Unfortunately, I became a caregiver for my Mother last year. I had to give up my job and financial support to do so. I'm so happy to see this is finally being addressed. Hopefully the changes they make will be for the better for all of us."

"Thanks for this article, it shows the extent of the challenges for caregiving for loved ones with dementia."

"I am very glad to see this vast situation finally getting the proper attention it so DESPERATELY NEEDS."

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