White House Conference on Aging, from SEMAAA

Published On: April 10th, 2015|Categories: Updates|

You and seniors from your community are all invited to the regional:

White House Conference on Aging Listening Session | Wednesday May 13th

Ramada Inn Conference Ctr. (now Kahler Apache)

            1517 SW 16th Street

            Rochester, MN

            1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

            507-288-6944 to RSVP

The White House Conference on Aging (WHCOA) is an event held by the federal government every ten years to develop recommendations for the President and Congress on issues, policy, and research in the field of aging. The 2015 White House Conference on Aging will be the sixth conference held with previous WHCOAs in 1961, 1971, 1981, 1995 and 2005. Past conferences contributed to the establishment of key aging programs such as: Medicare, Medicaid and the Older Americans Act (all enacted in 1965), Supplemental Security Income (1972), national aging network (1973), and caregiver services (2000).

These regional listening sessions will help inform the recommendations document that the Minnesota Board on Aging will submit to the White House Conference on Aging.  There are four board discussion areas that will be discussed at the listening session in May.

Retirement security is a vitally important issue. Financial security in retirement provides essential peace of mind for older Americans, but requires attention during our working lives to ensure that we are well prepared for retirement.

Healthy aging will be all the more important as baby boomers age. As medical advances progress, the opportunities for older Americans to maintain their health and vitality should progress as well and community supports are important tools to promote this vitality.

Long-term community services and supports remain a priority. Older Americans overwhelmingly prefer to remain independent in the community as they age. They need supports to do so, including a caregiving network and well-supported workforce.

Elder justice is important given that seniors, particularly the oldest older Americans, can be vulnerable to financial exploitation, abuse, and neglect. The Elder Justice Act was enacted as part of the Affordable Care Act, and we need to realize its vision of protecting seniors from scam artists and others seeking to take advantage of them.

Please Mark your calendars for May 13th and RSVP to this email or call us at 507-288-6944 to let us know you are planning to come.  Don’t forget to bring along seniors from your communities because their input is important.

From: SE Minnesota Area Agency on Aging

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