Meet the woman in the Moore-Miller administration tapped to lead Maryland’s Department of Aging

Published 1/19/2023 6:44 p.m. EST, Updated 1/20/2023 8:26 a.m. EST

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Gov. Wes Moore appointed Carmel Roques to lead the Maryland Department of Aging this week. For the past decade, Roques led Keswick Multi-Care as CEO, which is a nearly 140-year-old organization that runs a short-term rehabilitation facility and continuing care retirement community in Baltimore.

In April 2021, Roques told The Daily Record newspaper that one lesson learned during the coronavirus pandemic, which has now lingered for nearly three years, was that ”major reform” and not just new laws were needed to improve the life of older people in Maryland.

“Long-term care supports and services — in particular nursing home care — is in need of major policy and funding reform,” Roques said. “New regulations will not fix the complex systemic and structural problems we are facing as our nation ages.”

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