On Monday, July 13, the Obama Administration will host the sixth White House Conference on Aging (WHCOA) in Washington, DC.

This decennial event is the culmination of a series of local and regional conversations that are designed to amplify citizen and stakeholder ideas and initiatives, creating sufficient momentum for a national forum that can advance actionable, forward-looking, urgently needed solutions to meet the challenges of the next decade. The 2015 WHCOA focuses on four key issue areas: long-term services and supports, healthy aging, elder justice, and retirement security.

The Altarum Institute Center for Elder Care and Advanced Illness strongly supports this historic event. First, it presents a unique opportunity to discuss policy solutions to support the now rapidly growing number of frail older adults who need access not only to high-quality health care but also to long-term services and supports. As America enters the “age wave” era of the 21st century in earnest, we must reform and rethink the current delivery system in order to provide tens of millions more elders the opportunity to live comfortable, meaningful lives as they age in place in their own homes with the support of family, friends, and community.

The 2015 WHCOA comes at a particularly important moment as Medicare, Medicaid, and the Older Americans Act celebrate their 50th anniversaries; these programs were not yet enacted when the first WHCOA was convened in 1961. More than five decades later, the country has changed dramatically, and we must cooperate to ensure that these bedrock programs can be successfully updated, modified, sustained, and expanded in the most cost-effective way possible in order to enable all older Americans to live according to their own goals and wishes.

By 2025, the United States will have 65 million elderly Medicare beneficiaries—14 million more than today. It is time to prepare for development and launching of smart reforms in communities across the country that are capable of supporting what we have already created: a much longer-lived, multigenerational, culturally diverse society.

The White House is offering a number of ways to participate, such as attending or hosting a watch party. You can learn more about this and other ways to get involved here. You may also want to take some time and explore some of the resources below and see if you think there is a way to work together. We look forward to working with the President and his administration to make it safe to grow old in America!

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Videos

Additional Resources

White House Conference on Aging Site

Family Caregiver Platform Project

 

Blogs and Articles

MediCaring Communities - by Joanne Lynn and Anne Montgomery

White House Petition for a MediCaring Communities Demonstration

Just How Dysfunctional is Frail Elder Care in the US?

CECAI MediCaring Communities Webinar

Frail, Frightened and Forgotten: Our Fate Unless We Change It - by Joanne Lynn and Alice Bonner

 

Caregiving Resources

National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP, Caregiving in the US 2015

Assisting Caregivers Today (ACT) Caucus Launch Video

AARP Caucus Press Release

ACT Caucus Co-Chairs Video

CECAI ACT Caucus Blog

Family Caregiver Platform Project

 

Medicare and Medicaid

Video: Senate Finance Committee’s Hearing on Chronic Care

Center for Medicare Advocacy Medicare 50th Anniversary

Kaiser Family Foundation “Medicare and Medicaid at 50” Page

 

Long-Term Services and Supports and Social Services

Administration for Community Living: Older Americans Act 50th Anniversary

Medicaid.gov Info on LTSS

National Council on Aging Information Page on LTSS

Video: Sen. Bernie Sanders on the importance of the Older Americans Act

Government Accountability Office: “Older Americans Act: Updated Information on Unmeet Need for Services”

 

General

Highlights of Administration’s FY 2016 Budget Submission to Congress on Program and Funding Recommendations to Support Older Adults

Leadership Council on Aging Organization’s policy recommendations for the WHCOA

Public Policy and Aging Report on the WHCOA

Gerontologist Special Issue on the White House Conference on Aging

Public Policy and Aging Report on MediCaring (subscription required)

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