Leaders from national organizations representing older Americans met today to propose solutions to many of the complex issues facing the nation as it confronts its rapidly aging demographics.
The Leadership Council of Aging Organizations (LCAO) sponsored a "Solutions Forum" to provide policy recommendations to the White House Conference on Aging that will be held in the Fall. The Conference occurs every ten years to make aging policy recommendations to the President and the Congress, and to assist the public and private sectors in promoting dignity, health, independence and economic security of current and future generations of older persons.
LCAO is a coalition of more than 50 national non-profit organizations concerned with the well-being of America's older population and committed to representing their interests in the policy-making arena.
AARP CEO Bill Novelli, who serves as LCAO chair, said, "clearly there are challenges with an aging society. But American can afford to grow older without economic train wrecks, without pitting the needs of the old against the young, and without leaving future generations to clean up the mess." Novelli said the Conference offered an opportunity for transforming the nation's healthcare system, strengthening its retirement system, and creating more livable communities for all Americans as they age.
At today's Solutions Forum, representatives from LCAO panels focusing on community services, income security, health, and long term care made presentations to members of the White House Conference on Aging policy committee, which is chaired by Dorcas Hardy, former Social Security Commissioner.
"Helping Americans plan for their long term care needs is one of the greatest challenges facing policymakers, today," said Stephen McConnell, senior vice president for advocacy and public policy at the Alzheimer's Association. "Finding better ways to finance and deliver long term care is one of the nation's highest priorities as 77 million baby boomers begin to confront long term care needs for their parents, their children and themselves."
National Council of the Aging vice president for policy Howard Bedlin outlined a nine-element blueprint that focuses on the nation's long term care strategies and needs.
Lou Glass, former President and founder of OWL, the voice of midlife and older women, and a former Director of Aging for the State of New York, said: "The members of LCAO stand committed to ensuring Social Security continues to provide both today's. and tomorrow's retirees with guaranteed, inflation-protected benefits that last a lifetime."
The committee heard comments from individual LCAO member organizations. These included, among others, the Service Employees International Union, the Alzheimer's Association, B'nai B'rith Center for Senior Housing and Services, Experience Works, the Alliance for Retired Americans, the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, the National Caucus and Center on Black Aged, the National Retired Federal Employees, the National Association for Home for Home Care, and the National Council of the Aging.
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