15. October 2014 14:00
by Nora Super
Nora Super, Executive Director
Preparations for the 2015 White House Conference on Aging are
in full gear. Older adults are an
essential part of the fabric of American life, and the Conference offers an
opportunity to celebrate the contributions of older Americans to our economy,
families, and community. Throughout the
next year, we will engage in a national dialogue with Americans of all ages to
celebrate and support the health and well-being
of older Americans. This will culminate
in a memorable Conference in the year that we celebrate the 50th anniversary
of Medicare, Medicaid, and the Older Americans Act, and the 80th
anniversary of Social Security.
Today, I’m delighted to announce the launch of the Conference
Web site which will be one of many ways we will work
to engage with Americans about these important issues.
Since I was named Executive Director, I’ve had the opportunity to meet with many
key stakeholders and advocates in the aging community and participate in
listening sessions with older Americans, caregivers, advocates, service
providers and others. I’ve traveled to Arizona
to spend some time with Meals on Wheels Association of America members and state
tribal leaders. In San Diego, California, I listened and learned as AARP
members shared their views on policy, opportunities, and challenges. In
mid-September, HHS’s Assistant Secretary
for Aging Kathy Greenlee and I had the opportunity to hear from leaders in the
field of aging from across the country at the National Association of States
United for Aging and Disabilities annual Home and Community-based Services Conference
in Virginia. Towards the end of September, I traveled to Sacramento to hear
from California leaders in aging. I also
participated in the Scan Foundation’s 4th Annual Long-Term Supports
and Services Summit, which focused on new models of care being implemented to
serve older adults and people with disabilities.
I am truly inspired by the creativity, commitment, and
passion that you all bring to how we approach aging now and in the future. I look forward to hearing from more of you
in the months ahead.
Most importantly, I hope this Web site provides an
opportunity for you to get involved
in planning for the 2015 White House Conference on Aging. Please sign up today to receive weekly updates on Conference activities. We would also like to hear your thoughts and
stories about the issues and programs most important to you. We will continue to share new opportunities
for you to engage directly with the 2015 White House Conference on Aging through
social media, regional forums, and webinars.
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