Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The White House Conference on Aging in Phoenix

The White House Conference on Aging in Phoenix and Seattle
Conference on aging
April 14, 2015
Nora Super, Executive Director, White House Conference on Aging
Last week, we traveled to Phoenix, Arizona and Seattle, Washington, for the White House Conference on Aging (WHCOA) regional forums. At both events, we heard directly from older Americans, their families, caregivers, advocates, community leaders, and experts on how to best address the current aging landscape.
Our Phoenix participants were welcomed by U.S. Congressman Ruben Gallego (AZ-7) and AARP President Jeannine English, and the forum featured keynotes by Dr. Richard Hodes, Director of the National Institute on Aging (NIA) at the National Institutes of Health, and Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service. 
Dr. Richard Hodes, Director of the National Institute on Aging, at WHCOA Phoenix Regional Forum
Photo Courtesy of U.S. Dept. of HHS
Dr. Hodes’ comments highlighted the exciting research underway at NIH, including studies on Alzheimer’s disease and caregiver support, as well as NIA’s Go4Life campaign, which is an exercise and physical activity campaign for older adults. Wendy Spencer discussed the importance of older adult volunteerism, citing examples and telling moving stories of how Senior Corps volunteers are transforming communities and the lives of individuals of all ages. [More]
Carole Joyce a resident of Phoenix was one of the 200 chosen to participate in The White House Conference on Aging in Phoenix
She Said: It was a very successful meeting, all the conference goals were met ...Phoenix was an outstanding host.  This was the first time they chose other cities out of the DC area to participate and we were one of 5 cities.  200 hundred participant were selected via the White House to participate by invitation only.

It was indeed an honor to be one of 200 selected participants to attend. There were many Medical Professionals as well as Administrators from other States and social workers, some from as far away as Texas, Montana, Wyoming, Utah and California in attendance.  Phoenix was one of the "Chosen Cities" and did a fantastic job of hosting this first time conference in 50 years!

It's was the ideal partnership teaming up with AARP to sponsor this conference. Many Washington, DC officials in attendance including the Institute of Health (INH ) .

Focus groups were very productive & intense, I was a participant in the "Elder Justice Group", they selected one of my recommendations to implement... I recommended using "Best Practices W/ Continuity" and is was adopted and sent along to Washington with other recommendations from 3 other focus groups. So this was an extremely productive workshop/conference for me to attend.. it had excellent interaction from the participants.
Carole Joyce, Public Health Nurse
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