I read the AARP document with great interest since it so closely states the position of Med Family Therapy as a discipline. Even more impressive that it comes from one of the most powerful political organizations in the country. If AARP can't make a change in this area, then no one can. It is clearly important for CFHA to make alliances with this organization.
I must add, though, that it is interesting that it has taken so long for AARP to officially take this position since we have known for decades the role that family plays in the lives of older adults. I understand the historic difficulty involved in convincing insurers, policy-makers and most providers that involvement of family is often integral to good and effective care and not just a nice thing to do when time allows. But it seems like an obvious and critical postion for an organization like AARP to take. I am pleased that they have finally done so.
The road ahead for Med FTs is still a challenging one. I think that the political/cultural wars over individuality vs. mutuality, pulling onself up by the bootstraps vs. social safety networks has created an atmosphere in which the idea of collaboration and working together is not prized in the way it was been in the not-to-distant past.
It is incumbent upon Med FTs and others to press the argument that such divisions in healthcare make little or no sense. Instead we must argue for both individual autonomy and interpersonal responsibility. We are, afterall, persons because of our connections with other persons.