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6. July 2015 17:18
by Nora Super

Your Guide to Participating in the 2015 White House Conference on Aging

6. July 2015 17:18 by Nora Super | 13 Comments

With less than a week to go to the 2015 White House Conference on Aging (WHCOA) on July 13, enthusiasm is building. This White House Conference promises to be an extraordinary event, with watch parties participating from homes, community centers, and libraries in every state. We hope that you’re planning to get involved by watching the livestream and engaging online as the President and other senior Administration officials headline this once-a-decade forum.

The White House Conference on Aging is working with older adults, families, caregivers, advocates, community leaders, and experts in the aging field to hold watch parties across the country to make this the largest White House Conference on Aging to date. With people participating far and wide, we plan to make the day interactive and engaging for those tuning in online. 

We encourage all organizations hosting events—whether public or private—to register their Watch Party. By registering, watch party hosts will receive the latest information about the July 13 Conference and a rundown of the best ways to submit your questions, comments and stories. Public watch parties will be posted on the Conference website once confirmed. Already, more than 85 public watch parties have been organized. 

The White House Conference on Aging is having a national conversation about how to best address the changing aging landscape in the coming decade. We need your voice as part of our dialogue and discussion. Host and register your watch party and be part of history-in-the-making.

Thank you for your interest in commenting on this blog. At this time, we are no longer accepting comments. If you are still interested in sharing your thoughts, please e-mail them to info@whaging.gov

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I hope there will be a session or sessions on how elder investment fraud and financial exploitation can be prevented via more health care and legal professionals spotting the red flags that place their patients and clients at greater risk of being exploited. The EIFFE Prevention Program at Baylor College of Medicine and the American Bar Association is one way to offer continuing education for professionals who care for large numbers of at-risk elders. For more information and resources on this major issue in aging, see the Investor Protection Trust at investorprotection.org.

These days there seem to be more financial interest in organizations that make huge profits in making and keeping older adults less functional and dependent on others and services. With assisted living, senior residences and memory care facilities popping up everywhere who do little to 'effectively' improve and retain their resident's functional ability. With medicare not being very acceptable to pay for non medical services that help keep older and aging adults independent in the home of their choice ' AGING IN PLACE'. Isn't it time that america becomes proactive and actually does something that help keep our aging population functionally independent by proven and effective program provided by qualified, certified and experienced fitness professionals and accepted by insurance  companies as well as Medicare. No water down basic programs, but programs that are targeting, individualized and focused on the health and medical stays of the older adult.
Our nations has done wel by keeping older adult dependent on drugs and has done little to focus on prevention, everything is about treating issues( just turn on the TV. Society makes us feel normal when we have diabetes, need depends, need Viagra, have high blood pressure and high cholesterol, if an older adult does not have any of these issue, they are considered abnormal.
There are many ways to reduce dependency of drugs, exercise is one, however not every one has access to Effective exercise programming that is targeted to their health status. I like to see more proactive changes that actually are going to work.

At age 90 I am doing my best to stay healthy by watching my diet, exercising regularly and keeping a positive outlook on life.


Will we have a chance to comment or only to "watch"?

Thirty years ago Congress passed laws which unfairly penalize America's public servants by cutting their Social Security retirement benefits if they earn a pension from an agency that doesn't contribute to FICA.  More than two million Americans currently are affected. Most mothers who have stayed home for years before becoming a teacher lose All their spousal benefits that were paid for out of community property earnings.  This is an appalling injustice! Obama promised to work to repeal the Government Pension Offset and the Windfall Elimination Provision. Please, you MUST address this issue.

On Monday, you can tweet us your questions using #WHCOA and we will pass them along to our experts participating on panels at the conference. Then listen carefully—you may get an answer the whole country can hear.

What time does the live feed begin on 7/13?

The Conference begins at 10 a.m. ET on Monday, July 13. You can tune in here: https://www.whitehouse.gov/live.

Being proactive with healing and health is the component missing in what is referred to as healthcare in our country.  Long has it been sickcare...
We need to revise our thinking in aging as we move toward true care of health and healing from the over medication of many elders.
Eating the over processed foods and not taking self-responsibility in our own care of health seriously has dire results as we are becoming a large aging society in America.  

We are planning a group watch in Montpelier and would like to know how we will be directed so that we can turn in to one or more of the panels in the afternoon.
It sounds like a great day!  Our issues are mostly around the need for Social Security increases, not decreases, Medicare expansion, not cuts as many of us have been seeing lately, and Wall Street overkill.  Income inequality is most prevalent among single or divorced elderly women and particularly, the oldest old, due to the huge devaluation of the U S currency.  This certainly is an aging economic issue!
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I am really excited about this conference. Being in higher education, the School of Social Work at Jackson State University is interested in developing partnerships and collaborations to expand learning opportunities  for students interested in gerontology and working with older adults. We are expecting students, professors, and community stakeholders to participate in the conference watch.

2015 WHCOA looks very promising. I like the idea of bringing experts from different fields and many agencies together to look for innovative solutions to help Aging population in America.
All the best.
Andrew Mikolajczyk, Chicago

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