This month, in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Older Americans Month, THE GREEN HOUSE® Project participated in the Healthy Aging Forum put on by the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging. We were joined by congressional representatives, leaders in the aging field and elder advocates, all of whom demonstrated their passion and dedication to serving older adults by discussing policy frameworks and strategies that result in robust aging services for all.
We must not lose the momentum gained from this event! A national discussion on relevant aging issues, policy strategies and effective care delivery is necessary. Recently, in an article from the National Academy of Social Insurance, Anne Montgomery provides a call to action in order to gain support for a proposed White House Conference on Aging (WHCOA) for 2015. Included in her article is a Letter to the President, signed by 40+ organizations, which explains that now is a critical time for such a conference since, “…By 2015, twelve million baby boomers will have already turned 65 with sixty-six million more to follow.” If the proposal were to be supported, this would be “…the sixth White House Conference in history and the second of the 21st century.”
In order to ensure that core values such as meaningful life, real home, and empowered staff are a non-negotiable part of long-term services and supports, we need to participate in events like the Healthy Aging Forum and the proposed White House Conference on Aging.
Join us in Unleashing the Power of Age for Older Americans Month by reading the article in support of the 2015 WHCOA and by telling friends and colleagues why we need this national forum.