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July 01, 2015 at 01:12pm
The White House Conference on Aging is coming up on July 13, and while the event is invite-only, the Obama Administration will be webcasting the day’s events and encouraging folks to have “watch parties.” Well, JABA and the Senior Center will be hosting a watch party from 10am to 12:30pm on July 13 at the Senior Center. Here’s some of what’s happening that day:
* President Obama will deliver the keynote address, “talking primarily about a vision for aging in the next decade.”
* Department of Labor Secretary Tom Perez will talk about ways to enhance financial security at all ages.
* Caregiving will be a prominent theme, and actor David Hyde Pierce has been invited to share his experience caring for a father with Alzheimer’s.
* Expect a focus on intergenerational connections, with mayors and Surgeon General Vivek Murthy “showing the power of working across generations and how it contributes to healthy aging.”
* The conference will address elder justice, highlighting efforts by law enforcement and the banking community to identify and prevent financial abuse of older adults. The panel will also explore the idea of having financial caregivers as well as health caregivers.
* There will be a discussion of technology and the future of aging. The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the Domestic Policy Council posted a call for ideas to empower older Americans through technology and innovation, and some of those ideas will be presented.
* Nutrition is on the agenda and, working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, conference organizers are looking for “a fun way to talk about healthy eating.”
* There also will be a discussion of how Americans talk and think about aging and how that can change for the better.