26th Annual RDRC Meeting

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The next Retirement and Disability Research Consortium Meeting will be held August 7-9, 2024 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.

This free and public event showcases the latest in retirement and disability research from the nation’s top scholars. 

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Agenda: Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3

Day 1: Wednesday, August 7, 2024

8:30-9:00: Registration and Coffee

9:00-9:15: Welcoming Remarks

9:15-10:15: Panel 1: Economic Security for Women of Color

10:15-10:30: Break

10:30-11:45: Panel 2: Advancing Equity through Structural Barriers Research  

  • “The Re-Entry and Disability Application Experiences of Formerly Incarcerated Older Adults”
  • “Barriers to Social Security Administration Application and Interaction Encountered by Older Adults who have LGBTQ+ or Gender Diverse Identities”
  • “The Perceived Influence of Race and Gender in Work History, Work Attitudes, Economic Resources, and Health on Black Women’s Retirement”
  • “Barriers to SSDI and SSI Program Participation for the Visually Impaired Community” 

11:45-12:15: Box Lunch

12:15-1:00: Keynote Address (to be announced)

1:00-1:30: Poster Session and Networking Break

1:30-2:45: Panel 3: Community-Based Participatory Research

2:45-3:00: Break

3:00-4:00: Panel 4: Disability and Accessibility in Underserved Communities

4:00-4:15: Closing Remarks

Day 2: Thursday, August 8, 2024

8:30-8:55: Registration and Coffee

8:55-9:00: Welcoming Remarks

9:00-10:15: Panel 5: Let’s Ask Them: Examining Barriers to Accessing Support Programs

  • “Improving Recipiency in U.S. Social Insurance: A Scoping Examination”
  • “Challenges in Accessing Supplemental Security Income for People with Disabilities”
  • “Developing a Survey to Understand Barriers to Applying for Disability Insurance”
  • “Which LTSS Caregiver Support Policies Are Preferred by Race/Ethnicity?”

10:15-10:30: Break

10:30-11:45: Panel 6: Places Matter

  • “Community-engaged Research into the Barriers and Communication Preferences of Rural Populations”
  • “Assessing Underserved Beneficiaries’ Communication Needs, Phase II”
  • “The Relationship between Local Characteristics and Disability Applications and Awards”
  • “How Workplace Matters for Health: New Evidence on Disparities in Mortality in Urban and Rural America”

11:45-12:15: Box Lunch

12:15-1:00: Keynote Address (to be announced)

1:00-1:30: Poster Session and Networking Break

1:30-2:45: Panel 7: Multigenerational Housing and Caregiving

  • “Multigenerational Living Arrangements and Retirement Savings/Expectations by Race/Ethnicity”
  • “Coresident Grandparents’ Mortality Risk by Race/Ethnicity”
  • “Housing Cost Burdens and Shared Households among Older Adults”
  • “Who Pays for Elder Care?”

2:45-3:00: Break

3:00-4:15: Panel 8: New Perspectives on Poverty

  • “Poverty Among Older Adults Using the ‘Principal Poverty Measure’”
  • “The Color of Wealth in Chicago”
  • “Disparities in Older Adults’ Employment and Economic Security for Those with Chronic Health Conditions”
  • “Why Does Old-Age Poverty Persist?”

Day 3: Friday, August 9, 2024

8:00-8:30: Registration and Coffee

8:30-9:45: Panel 9: Precarious Work

  • “Structural Barriers to Expected Full Time Employment Past Age 62 by Race/Ethnicity/Gender”
  • “Why Do Some Initially Successful Work Attempts Succeed While Others Fail?”
  • “A Qualitative Investigation of Work-Related Decision Making Among SSI Recipients”
  • “Has Remote Work Improved Employment Outcomes for Older People with Disabilities?”

9:45-10:00: Break

10:00-11:15: Panel 10: Intended and Unintended Consequences of Policy Reform

  • “Will Auto-IRA Savings Disqualify Vulnerable People from Benefit Programs?”
  • “The Effects of Medicaid Expansion on the Use of SSI and SSDI by American Indians and Alaska Natives”
  • “Barriers to Accessing Healthcare Services Among Denied SSI/DI Applicants”
  • “Structural Barriers to Receipt of Income and Health Insurance among Adults with Disabilities”

11:15-11:45: Box Lunch

11:45-12:30: Keynote Address (to be announced)

12:30-1:15: Poster Session and Networking Break

1:15-2:30: Panel 11: The Legacy of COVID-19

  • “Pathways and Persistence of Labor Force Transitions during COVID-19”
  • “Medium-Term Effects of COVID-19 on Disparities by Race and Income”
  • “COVID-19 in Adults with Disabilities: Disparities in Prevalence, Health Care, and Employment”
  • “How Might COVID-19 Affect Future Employment, Earnings, and OASI Claiming by Race/Ethnicity?”

2:30-2:35: Closing Remarks