Monday, June 25, 2012

A Special Day on the Hill

This week I was invited to a special Capitol Hill Briefing on more affordable ways to deliver and pay for high-quality long-term care services for persons with Alzheimers.  Experts were brought in from government, public policy, and business communities to share their own perspectives on services.  One of the panelists sells private long-term insurance policies and argued that they can help people from exhausting their resources in the event they need nursing home care. This was of special interest to me, because my senior field placement in social work is going to be in a long-term care facilitiy, where I will be working with families who must now navigate this system.  


Astronaut Lee Morin and I on Capitol Hill.

After the briefing, I was walking down the hallway when I noticed two tables set up with information about NASA and the Space Station.  In a room just beyond was a technology exhibit for NASA Day at the Hill.  I was very curious to see the exhibit, and thrilled when I was invited in to see first hand some of the latest space gadgets.  A special treat was getting to meet two astronauts, Lee Morin and Pat Forrester, who were kind enough to autograph photos and pose for pictures with me.  You never know who you are going to meet in Washington!  Pat Forrester is a veteran of three shuttle flights and four space walks, and Lee Morin is a veteran of the space shuttle, Atlantis.  It was such an honor to meet these men. 

                                          Astronaut Pat Forrester and Theresa Taylor

Astronaut Pat Forrester and I at the NASA exhibit.

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