The White House Conference on Aging (WHCoA) is in its planning stages now. This upcoming conference is an opportunity to shine a spotlight on what American Indian/Alaska Native Elders needs to age with dignity. The following five (5) focus groups have been scheduled in the upcoming months:
February 19 Tampa, FL
March 31 Phoenix, AZ
April 9 Seattle, WA
April 27 Cleveland, OH
May 28 Boston, MA
The four (4) major themes will be focused on:
Retirement Security – Having enough income from any source can provide peace of mind and stability to Elders as they age. Each of us has the ability to devise a plan to look ahead and prepare what is needed for a comfortable lifestyle with dignity.
Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS) – Certain challenges of aging can be overcome with the coordinated assistance of various caregivers who provide help with activities of daily living. The goal of LTSS is to insure the comfort and wellbeing of the Elder regardless of where they live.
Health Aging – Many Elders suffer from chronic diseases that could be managed with preventive services and education on how to care for themselves. Their quality of life could be vastly improved by encouraging them to become involved in their own wellness.
Financial Exploitation, Abuse and Neglect – Elder abuse occurs when a person harms a vulnerable adult either intentionally or through negligence. Elder abuse can include physical, emotional, or sexual abuse, neglect, and abandonment. Financial exploitation occurs when strangers or trusted others take advantage of an Elder and use the Elders’ money for their personal use. The best preventive technique for an Elder is to become aware of their options and rights.