23. July 2015 15:42
by Nora Super
What an amazing conference!
The 2015 White House Conference on Aging (WHCOA) took place at the White House on July 13, 2015. The Conference was truly a national conversation. In addition to the older Americans, community leaders and advocates at the White House, there were more than 700 watch parties in every state of the Union. Our hashtag, #WHCOA, also lit up social media with nearly 10,000 Twitter users contributing to the dialogue!
Monday’s event was a culmination of the country coming together in a dialogue about aging in America today and what the coming decade holds. We heard from speakers and audience participants discussing a wide range of topics from caregiving to financial security to technology and more. The 2015 White House Conference on Aging was an opportunity to highlight the importance of supporting the aging population in the United States. The Administration announced a number of key deliverables to help empower Americans as they age.
Bernie Nash, 92 years young and a delegate to the first White House Conference on Aging in 1961 kicked off the day, followed by a welcome from Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor and Assistant to the President.
A full house at the Jacksonville, Fla. Public Library for the White House Conference on Aging
The true highlight of the day came early on when President Obama delivered remarks from the East Room of the White House. He noted that one of the best measures of a country is how it treats its older citizens, and some of this country’s greatest triumphs are Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security programs --- created by Congress in 1965 and 1935 respectively. “Together we declared that every citizen of this country deserves a basic measure of security and dignity,” said President Obama. “That choice saved millions upon millions of our people from poverty, allowed them to live longer and better lives.”