2015 marks the 50th anniversary of Medicare, Medicaid, and the Older American Act, the 80th anniversary of Social Security, and the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disability Act (ADA). In addition, 2015 is the year for the decennial event, the White House Conference on Aging (WHCOA).
On July 13th, President Obama hosted the 2015 WHCOA, which included panel discussions on a number of topics including:
- Caregiving in America,
- Financial Security at Every Age,
- The Power of Intergenerational Connections and Healthy Aging,
- Elder Justice in the 21st Century, and
- Technology and the Future of Aging.
President Obama highlighted the importance of Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security programs and he emphasized how these contribute to the greatness of this country by providing better quality of life to older citizens.
The Family Support Research and Training Center (FSRTC) and the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Developmental Disability (RRTCDD) jointly hosted a watch party for the WHCOA at the University of Illinois at Chicago. RRTCDD director Tamar Heller, PhD, Head of the Department of Disability and Human Development, University of Illinois at Chicago, shared about her long experience in the aging field and her experience from the previous WHCOA as Obama’s (then a Senator) delegate. FSRTC director Sandy Magana, PhD, also welcomed the guests and talked about the multiple research projects taking place in the FSRTC, which are bridging aging and disability. Attendance at the watch party included over 40 people from various organizations such as Housing Opportunities and Maintenance for the Elderly, Catholic Charities, Chicago Lighthouse, Feeding America, Olivia’s Prayer, Northwest Side Housing Center, Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago and OWL as well as students and staff from the Department of Disability and Human Development. This provided a time for everyone to share their input and questions, which were sent to the White House through social media.
If you would like to know more about the WHCOA you can read the highlights from the 2015 White House Conference on Aging by Nora Super the Executive Director of the 2015 WHCOA.
You can also watch the official videos of the WHCOA on YouTube, offered by The White House and The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services channels, by clicking on the following links:
- Opening speech by Bernie Nash & the first panel: caregiving in America
- WHCOA: Remarks from The President
- WHCOA: Remarks from Nora Super
- The second panel from the 2015 WHCOA: Planning for Financial Security at Every Age
- The third panel from the 2015 WHCOA: The Power of Intergenerational Connections and Healthy Aging
- The fourth panel from the 2015 WHCOA: Empowering All Generations: Elder Justice in the 21st Century
- The fifth panel from the 2015 WHCOA: Technology & the Future of Aging
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