Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

News: Older Adults

The Pioneer Institute selected La Follette School Professor Dave Weimer and Dr. Mark Sager as runners-up in its 2017 Better Government Competition. Weimer and Sager, an emeritus gerontologist at UW–Madison’s School of Medicine and Public Health, created a life-course model of Alzheimer’s patients to assess the costs and benefits to families and government of early detection.

La Follette School Professor Pam Herd and three colleagues received funding from AARP’s Innovation Challenge to identify policy solutions for strengthening Social Security. Their proposal would create a new Minimum Benefit Plan (MBP) for low-income retirees that examines sufficiency of retirement income in lieu of calculating years of low earnings.

As a newspaper reporter, John Vander Meer learned the impact of government policy on people’s lives. That sparked his interest in how public policy was constructed and brought him back to his hometown and the La Follette School of Public Affairs.

Automatic enrollment, set contribution levels and risk pooling are all tools that could boost Americans' retirement savings, La Follette School students report in a study prepared in the spring Workshop in Public Affairs.

Professor Pamela Herd is always thinking about long-term implications, even when she works on a research project on pregnancy.

Professor emeritus Karen Holden comments on policy changes for secure retirements on a web site published by a credit card company.
La Follette School sociologist Pamela Herd has received a $6.7 million grant from the National Institute on Aging to generate genetic research on participants in the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study.

Second-year student Tawsif Anam shared information with Wisconsin lawmakers about federal regulations related to the treatment of vulnerable adults diagnosed with dementia.

Angela Waltz is finding answers to some of her questions at the La Follette School.
La Follette School professor Karen Holden joined three other experts to discuss what Wisconsin's aging population could mean in the August 7 episode of Wisconsin Eye's Newsmakers, "The Graying of Wisconsin."
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