- Written by Jessica Riel
- Published: 01 July 2015
The White House has held a Conference on Aging each decade since the 1960s to identify and advance actions to improve the quality of life of older Americans. This year marks the 50th anniversary of Medicare, Medicaid, and the Older Americans Act, as well as the 80th anniversary of Social Security. The conference is an opportunity to recognize the importance of these key programs while bringing together older Americans, caregivers, government officials, members of the public, business leaders, and community leaders to discuss the issues that will help shape the landscape for older Americans in the next decade.
Regional forums included a listening session in Massachusetts
The White House Conference on Aging has been collecting stories and input from Americans through regional forums in Tampa, Fla.; Phoenix, Ariz.; Seattle, Wash.; Cleveland, Ohio; and Boston, Mass. The Boston regional forum featured several speakers, including Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Senator Elizabeth Warren; Congressman Stephen Lynch; and Nancy LeaMond, Executive Vice President of AARP. These forums as well as other venues, including the website and social media pages, provided opportunities for Americans across the country to engage in policy discussions, submit input on their priorities, and share their stories ahead of the White House event.
Some common themes reported by Americans have been retirement security, healthy aging, long-term services and supports, and elder justice and protection from financial exploitation, abuse, and neglect.