2015 marks the 50th anniversary of Medicare, Medicaid, and the Older Americans Act, as well as the 80th anniversary of Social Security. On July 13, President Obama will host the 2015 White House Conference on Aging. It will be an opportunity to recognize the importance of these landmark programs, while looking ahead to address the issues that will improve the quality of life for older Americans for the next decade.
The Conference will convene senior Administration officials, community leaders, caregivers, older adults, families, advocates, and experts from a wide range of health and social service disciplines at the White House. Many more will tune in online to join the national dialogue, as well as focus on the important issues that often require local solutions.
Compared to previous generations, the possibility of living 20 to 30 years beyond traditional retirement age has created both opportunities and challenges. The White House Conference on Aging represents an important opportunity for communities and decision makers from both the public and private sectors to share best practices, identify future goals, and strengthen partnerships – which will all serve to better assist our aging population as their needs, lifestyles, and ambitions evolve over time.