White House Conference on Aging Addresses Issues Facing Aging Americans
President Obama Speaks About Growing Importance of Home Care
The White House Conference on Aging was held on Monday, July 13, in Washington, D.C. Once every decade, the Executive Office of the President hosts the Conference on Aging in order to address issues facing aging Americans. The 2015 White House Conference on Aging (WHCOA) focused on a variety of issue areas affecting older Americans including home and community-based care, technology, innovation, caregiver support, elder abuse, financial security, and retirement.
In his address, President Obama said that “ensuring we have enough home care workers” is part of the solution to the challenges of caring for a growing senior population and seeing that “every American has the resources and support to thrive.” He used the example of his grandmother, a “fiercely independent woman,” who chose to live at home after his grandfather passed away. He said, “Medicare and Social Security allowed her to make that choice” to stay in her home.
Today, he said, our nation faces the challenges of “dealing with the rising costs of an aging generation, ensuring we have enough home care workers looking out for our family members, maximizing the contributions that older Americans can make to our country.”
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