April 27, 2015
It is my privilege to welcome you to the White House Conference on
Aging Regional Forum and to Cleveland, Ohio. I'm happy to join you
today for the fourth of five forums across the county that will help
inform the 2015 White House Conference on Aging.
Local collaboratives, like the cutting-edge research performed at
the Cleveland Clinic Aging Brain Clinic and the support services
provided by the Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging, make Cleveland
a national leader in successful, innovative initiatives. I can think
better place to host today's dialogue than right here.
That's what today is all about - dialogue. It's about directly
engaging older Americans, their families, caregivers, advocates,
community leaders, and experts to write the next chapter of a
story we began 80 years ago with the creation of Social Security,
and strengthened 30 years later through the enactment of Medicare,
Medicaid, and the Older Americans Act. Today is an opportunity to
not only reflect on our achievements to date, but also to identify
and discuss old and new issues that will impact the quality of life
for our aging population.
We will explore important emerging themes, such as ensuring
retirement security, promoting healthy aging, providing long-term
services and supports, and protecting older Americans from financial
exploitation, abuse, and neglect. With input and ideas from you, we
can help ensure
that this next chapter works for aging Americans.
Thank you for participating in today's forum. I am looking forward
to productive conversations that will help write the future for