White House Conference on Aging

American-Flag-199x300.jpgThe 2015 White House Conference on Aging, an event of special importance to aging parents and family caregivers, was held on July 13. Some 200 experts on aging and age-related issues came together for this latest conference, which is traditionally held once per decade. The 2015 Conference was organized to recognize the importance of Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and the Older Americans Act and to, as the official website for the conference states, "look ahead to the issues that will help shape the landscape for older Americans for the next decade."

Key areas

Much of the conference was focused on four key areas of importance to aging parents: retirement security, healthy aging, long-term services and supports, and elder justice. In advance of the Conference, policy briefs on each issue were developed. (Access the briefs by clicking here.)  The purpose of these briefs is to "define and frame each issue area and reflect the most current evidence-based information on the issues." Aging parents and other members of the public are encouraged to read the briefs and to provide comments on them to the government.


The day-long conference included a number of panels and presentations, focusing on the following topics:

      • Caregiving in America
      • Planning for Financial Security at Every Age
      • Innovations in Aging
      • Disrupting Aging
      • Nutrition and Aging
      • The Power of Intergenerational Connections and Healthy Aging
      • Care for All
      • Empowering All Generations: Elder Justice in the 21st Century
      • Universal Design
      • Technology and the Future of Aging

David Hyde Pierce, the actor who is best known for his role in the long-running sitcom Frasier and who is active as a spokesperson for Alzheimer's disease, chaired the panel on Caregiving in America. Ai-Jen Poo, co-director of Caring Across Generations, was a member of that panel. She commented that it is important to "see caregivers as a huge part of the solution for the future, as a huge part of the equation for quality of life."

A number of new initiatives were released at the conference. The Department of Justice will be enrolling and training prosecutors from every state to effectively prosecute elder abuse and financial exploitation; the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is launching a program to help doctors and nurses make fall prevention a part of clinical care; the Dementia Friendly America Initiative, a private sector project, will support existing dementia friendly communities and expand the number of such pilot communities.

For more information, aging parents and other interested parties should visit the White House Conference on Aging website.​

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