Date: August 4th, 2015
On July 13, the White House Conference on Aging welcomed distinguished guests from throughout the United States to Washington, D.C., to both celebrate the contributions older adults make to our society and to discuss issues of importance to seniors.
The conference is held once a decade and has historically served as a platform for the White House to give the nation an update on where we are on the issue of aging, both in terms of how we’ve progressed and where we still need to make additional strides.
In the days leading up to the conference, the Alliance participated in the dialogue process, sending the White House Conference on Aging team some suggestions on topics to address. Our President and CEO Sue Peschin also published this op-ed in The Hill about why discussing biomedical research at the conference would be important.
Sue also had the privilege of being a guest at the conference. Here’s a comment she shared about the day. (You can also see her live tweets here.)
"I am honored to represent the Alliance for Aging Research at today's White House Conference on Aging. The conference has done an impressive job of addressing direct services and entitlement programs, elder abuse and neglect, nutrition issues, and technology. We were hopeful that the importance of biomedical research would be a part of the dialogue, because so much of the gains in our longevity and health is due to research. Also, further advancements in healthspan will not be realized without adequate federal funding for the NIH and clinical trial education and recruitment. We will continue to beat the drum for geroscience, and aging research overall, confident that they will play a key role in bending the cost curve in health care and improving health and well-being for millions of older Americans."
We are very hopeful that this conference will provide a springboard for further dialogue on the issues of aging in our society. We look forward to continuing to be a part of that process.
A follow up note: July not only witnessed the White House Conference on Aging, but also the 50th anniversaries of Medicare and Medicaid, as well as the 50th anniversary of the Older Americans Act. You can read our takes on Medicare and Medicaid here and the OAA here.