After months of preparation, it’s here…the 2015 White House Conference on Aging (WHCoA) will be held this Monday, July 13th, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm ET in Washington D.C. Of course, the vast majority of senior care professionals, including those working in Assisted Living communities in California and across the country, won’t be at the proceedings. But the WHCoA has many ways in which you can be involved in this exciting event.
According to a recent blog post, WHCoA Executive Director Nora Super says, “This White House Conference promises to be an extraordinary event, with watch parties participating from homes, community centers, and libraries in every state.” She continues:
We hope that you’re planning to get involved by watching the livestream and engaging online as the President and other senior Administration officials headline this once-a-decade forum.
The White House Conference on Aging is working with older adults, families, caregivers, advocates, community leaders, and experts in the aging field to hold watch parties across the country to make this the largest White House Conference on Aging to date. With people participating far and wide, we plan to make the day interactive and engaging for those tuning in online.
We encourage all organizations hosting events—whether public or private—to register their Watch Party. By registering, watch party hosts will receive the latest information about the July 13 Conference and a rundown of the best ways to submit your questions, comments and stories. Public watch parties will be posted on the Conference website once confirmed. Already, more than 85 public watch parties have been organized.
According to this list, there are 11 registered watch parties in California; we’d like to see more. CALA staff will be live-streaming the conference throughout the day, and we hope our members join us.
Not able to host or attend a watch party? According to the WHCoA, there are many other ways you can get involved:
Let us know why the issues discussed at the conference are important to you or how you plan to participate in the conference.
Download the StoryCorps app to record an interview with an older adult in your family or community. Upload the interview to archive it in the Library of Congress and share it on social media using the #WHCOA hashtag.
Tweet us your questions using #WHCOA and we will pass them along to our experts participating on panels at the conference. Then listen carefully—you may get an answer the whole country can hear.
How would you finish the sentence: “Getting older is getting better because …”? Download this form (PDF) and tell us how getting older is getting better. Take a photo, fill in your answer, and send it back to us via Twitter using #WHCOA.
As Super says, “The White House Conference on Aging is having a national conversation about how to best address the changing aging landscape in the coming decade. We need your voice as part of our dialogue and discussion.”