On April 7, 2016 the federal Older Americans Act (OAA) was unanimously passed by the Senate. The bill, which passed the House of Representatives in March, is now headed to President Obama for his signature.
The issue of senior poverty was in focus at this year’s Aging in America Conference, and with good reason. Over six million seniors live in poverty in the United States and that number is rapidly increasing as thousands of baby boomers turn 65 every day. We at Justice in Aging were pleased to participate in a number of sessions at the conference raising awareness of this growing problem.
Americans older than age 65 who live in rural areas and need long-term services and supports find it tougher than urban dwellers to age in place. Often, this cohort’s younger family members have relocated to cities to find employment. This leaves fewer family members and other informal caregivers nearby to provide support. There also is a short supply of healthcare professionals and para-professions in rural communities, causing additional fracturing of the rural healthcare system.
For 5 days thousands of people came together at the Aging in America Conference to share their knowledge, passion for the field of aging and dedication to improving the quality of life for older adults. And while every session offered important and inspiring information, one poster presentation in particular caught our eye.
Each year, ASA members from around the country bring their passion for the field of aging to ASA's Aging in America Conference. And while we are all linked by this common bond of dedication and commitment to improving the lives of older adults, the varying experiences, goals, populations served and distinct communities create a diverse and rich experience for attendees and presenters alike.