Tuesday, July 7, 2015

This Monday: The White House Conference on Aging

Kim Zimmerman

The 2015 White House Conference on Aging (WHCOA) is an opportunity to recognize the importance of key programs, like Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and the Older Americans Act. The conference also aims to look ahead to the issues that will help shape the landscape for older Americans for the next decade.

This coming Monday, July 13, the 2015 WHCOA will hold its once-a-decade event with remarks from President Obama and panel discussions on key issues, such as caregiving, health aging and financial security.

Americans across the country are encouraged to watch this live event online. Host a watch party in your skilled nursing center or assisted living community for all your residents. Download the discussion guide if hosting a party. Or find a watch party near you.

You can also get involved with the WHCOA by sharing your story about aging, or by participating in the discussion on Twitter with the hashtag #WHCOA. Be sure to also follow @ahcancal, as we’ll also be live tweeting the event.

Before the event, you can also have staff and residents finish the sentence: “Getting older is getting better because …”? The WHCOA has a form (PDF) where you can write in your answer. Take a photo, fill out form, and post it on via Twitter using #WHCOA.

This is a great opportunity for long term and post-acute providers to let the Administration know the key role we play in improving the lives of older adults. Please take some time to participate on Monday!

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