2015 White House Conference on Aging (WHCOA) – Final Report

Source: White House Conference on Aging, 2015

The White House has held a Conference on Aging every decade, beginning in 1961, to identify and advance actions to improve the quality of life of older Americans. In 2015, the United States marked the 50th anniversaries of Medicare, Medicaid, and the Older Americans Act, as well as the 80th anniversary of Social Security. The 2015 White House Conference on Aging (WHCOA) provided an opportunity to recognize the importance of these key programs as well as to look ahead to the next decade. …. The conference was informed by a year of pre-conference activities and conversations that allowed a broad range of stakeholders to provide substantial input. Additional feedback from the general public and policy experts was received on the conference website. As input was gathered, four common themes emerged as particularly important to older Americans: Retirement Security, Healthy Aging, Long-Term Services and Supports, and Elder Justice. These themes provided the focus for discussions at the July conference….