The Oregon White House Conference on Aging is a satellite version of the National White House Conference on Aging. It’s an opportunity for Oregon policymakers, advocates and consumers to offer their perspectives on state and national policy issues that impact older Oregonians, their families, and their communities.
The first White House Conference on Aging was held in 1961, and subsequent conferences have occurred approximately every decade since. These conferences have been integral in developing aging policy over the past 50 years, including the establishment of new programs and improvements in many programs that serve older adults including: Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and the Older Americans Act. For this year’s conference, the White House has encouraged individual states to hold their own events which will help to inform discussion at the national, Washington, DC-based, conference in July.
Issues that impact older adults also impact people of all ages, and this unique conference will offer a variety of viewpoints and opportunities for diverse stakeholders to come together and recommend policies that can benefit multiple generations in communities throughout Oregon.