Special Issue: 2015 White House Conference on Aging

Source: Gerontologist, Volume 55 Issue 2 April 2015
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From the introduction:
The White House Conference on Aging (WHCoA), held once every decade since the 1960s, offers a unique opportunity to shape the national landscape for policies affecting older Americans. Although some have debated the impact of past WHCoAs on public policy developments in the field of aging, there is consensus that the 1961, 1971, and 1981 conferences were catalysts for the establishment of many key programs representing the aging policy of the United States today—including Medicare and Medicaid, the Older Americans Act nutrition program, the Supplemental Security Income program, the National Institute on Aging, Social Security reform, expansion of home care coverage under Medicare, and the Older Americans Act. The 1995 and 2005 conferences primarily focused on reaffirming support for existing federal social programs, notably Medicare and Medicaid. Although few new initiatives were proposed, these more recent conferences highlighted a new vision of national aging policy. Framed on the concepts of aging as a lifelong process embracing all generations and recognition of the growing diversity of the older population and its vast reserves of talent and experience, the 1995 and 2005 WHCoAs featured significant involvement of grassroots stakeholders, with more than 800 preconference events in 2005.
The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) always has had a special relationship with the WHCoA. GSA played an active role in many previous conferences; its members and staff were involved in numerous preparatory events and follow-up reports. In 2005, thanks to GSA-led cross-country forums, focus groups, and subsequent white paper recommendations, civic engagement was included as a key WHCoA theme. In that spirit, The Gerontologist committed to developing a Special Issue preparing for the 2015 WHCoA…..

Articles include:
The Neoliberal Political Economy and Erosion of Retirement Security
Larry Polivka and Baozhen Luo

Age-Friendly Community Initiatives: Conceptual Issues and Key Questions
Emily A. Greenfield, Mia Oberlink, Andrew E. Scharlach, Margaret B. Neal, and Philip B. Stafford

Public Health Imperative of the 21st Century: Innovations in Palliative Care Systems, Services, and Supports to Improve Health and Well-Being of Older Americans
Mary Beth Morrissey, Keela Herr, and Carol Levine

Workplace-Based Health and Wellness Programs: The Intersection of Aging, Work, and Health
Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes, Jacquelyn Boone James, and Christina Matz-Costa

Creating a Comprehensive Care System for Frail Elders in “Age Boom” America
Joanne Lynn and Anne Montgomery

Re-Imagining Long-Term Services and Supports: Towards Livable Environments, Service Capacity, and Enhanced Community Integration, Choice, and Quality of Life for Seniors
Rosalie A. Kane and Lois J. Cutler

A New Long-Term Care Manifesto
Robert L. Kane

Improving Policies for Caregiver Respite Services
Miriam S. Rose, Linda S. Noelker, and Jill Kagan

Informal Caregiving and Its Impact on Health: A Reappraisal From Population-Based Studies
David L. Roth, Lisa Fredman, and William E. Haley