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WHCOA In Brief

WHCOA In Brief

The White House Conference on Aging – In Brief

Prepared by: Deanna Okrent, NCCNHR Consultant
January 25, 2005

The 2005 White House Conference on Aging will be held October 23-26, 2005 at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill, in Washington , DC .  The theme is “The Booming Dynamics of Aging: From Awareness to Action.” The purpose of the Conference as established by the Older Americans Act is to develop recommendations for the President and Congress on issues, policy and research in the field of Aging. There is no executive director at this time.

Policy Committee
A Policy Committee has been appointed by the President and Congress and has been holding listening sessions to hear from the Aging Community about issues considered critical for future aging policy.  Beginning in February, “listening sessions” will give way to “Solutions Forums” and “Mini-Conferences.” The Honorable Dorcas Hardy chairs the Policy Committee which is made up of 17 members.   

Broad public participation is encouraged. NCCNHR is encouraging members, citizen advocates, family and friends of residents to raise the issues of staffing, quality care and quality of life drawing on the ideas put forth in the NCCNHR resolutions.  NCCNHR is looking at how it as an organization can raise these important issues and make recommendations for consideration as Conference resolutions. Finances permitting, we are considering holding or hosting a designated event or participating in another national forum.  We will keep you posted on any developments in this arena.  

You should contact your governors’ offices, and or members of Congress to alert them of your interest if you wish to be one of 1200 delegates to the Conference.  The Policy Committee has not yet determined the process for appointing delegates but has said that delegates will represent governors, members of Congress, and national aging and allied organizations and other stakeholders.  

Additional ways to participate include holding a designated event and/or attending a listening session, solutions forum or mini-conference, all of which must be open to the public.  

For More Information

The best way to stay current on the WHCOA agenda and calendar of events and to get more information about how to participate is to visit the website at www.whcoa.gov.   

For a copy of the NCCNHR resolutions, visit http://nursinghomeaction.org. On the homepage you will find links to the 2004 resolutions and also to a historical array of resolutions by topic and by year.  

Questions: Contact Deanna Okrent at 202-332-2275 or dokrent@nccnhr.org.

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