White House Conference on Aging Regional Forum

White House Conference on Aging Regional Forum

Phoenix, AZ – On March 31st Dr. Fernando Torres-Gil, Director of the Center for Policy Research on Aging participated as an expert panelist in the 2015 White House Conference on Aging Regional Forum in Phoenix, Arizona. There are several regional forums held throughout the country and they are designed to help provide input and ideas for the national 2015 White House Conference on Aging, held in Washington, DC, later this year. The purpose of this forum was to engage older Americans, caregivers, advocates, community leaders and others on the key issues affecting older Americans. The forum addressed issues such as ensuring retirement security, promoting healthy aging, providing long-term services and supports and protecting older Americans from financial exploitation, abuse and neglect. Working in collaboration with the AARP and the Leadership Council of Aging, a coalition of more than 70 of the nation’s leading organizations serving older Americans, this forum was an important part of the dialogue about aging policy.

Dr. Torres-Gil participated in the first panel discussion entitled: Healthy Aging/Long-Term Supports and Services Panelists where he was able to share some of the groundbreaking research being conducted through the Latinos & Economic Security project. The other panelists included: Marc Freedman, Founder & CEO,; Dr. Adriana Perez, Assistant Professor, College of Nursing & Health Innovation, Arizona State University; and Amy St. Peter, Human Services & Special Projects Manager, Maricopa Association on Governments.

The White House Conference on Aging represents an important step in working to ensure that Americans throughout the lifespan have the opportunity to learn and develop skills, engage in productive work, make choices about their daily lives, and participate fully in community life. In addition, the Conference is designed to assist the public and private sectors to be responsive to the needs of a diverse aging population and to promote the dignity and independence of and expand opportunities for current and future generations of older persons and their families.

To see video of the White House Conference on Aging with Dr. Torres-Gil, click here.

You can see the full panel discussion here:

Frederick Blalock
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