Tuesday, July 14, 2015

White House Hosts Conference on Aging

Drew Thies

On Monday, the President hosted The White House Conference on Aging, an event focusing on issues facing Americans as they plan for retirement and receive care later in life. The conference, held once every ten years, attracted a packed room in Washington, D.C., as well as viewers across the nation via live stream.

AHCA member and Board of Governors Vice Chair Tom Coble was invited by the White House to attend the meeting in person and hear about the Obama administration’s effort to improve the lives of Americans as they age.

President Obama unveiled several initiatives aimed at improving the lives of aging Americans, stating in the keynote speech of the conference, “One of the best measures of a country is how it treats its older citizens.”

In a year that marks the 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid, as well as a rapidly increasing population 65-and-over, the conference marks an important moment in how America will work to improve the lives of its aging individuals.

President Obama stressed the need for initiatives that support caregivers, both relatives and elderly Americans, as well as medical staff.

The Administration also introduced efforts to prevent and treat Alzheimer’s disease by 2025 and create a nationwide health curriculum to better train health workers to care for patients with dementia.

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