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Commission on Aging Hosts Livestream Viewing of White House Conference

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 8, 2015

For more information, please contact:

Alice Oestreich, Chair, City of Bloomington Commission on Aging, 812.339.1855, alice1948o@yahoo.com

Sue Owens, Program Specialist, Community and Family Resources Department, City of Bloomington, 812.349.3468, owenss@bloomington.in.gov


Commission on Aging Hosts Livestream Viewing of White House Conference


Bloomington, Ind. - Once each decade since the 1960s, the White House holds its Conference on Aging (WHCOA). The 2015 WHCOA celebrates the 50th anniversary of Medicare, Medicaid and the Older Americans Act, and it is scheduled for Monday, July 13. The City of Bloomington Commission on Aging invites the public to participate in a livestream viewing session of the conference from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Monroe County Public Library (MCPL), 303 E. Kirkwood Ave., Rm. 2A. There will be a break from 12:20 to 1:20 p.m. for participants to obtain their own lunch if they wish.

The Conference will focus on four key issues: healthy aging, long-term services and supports, elder justice and retirement security. WHCOA organizers have been gathering input from older Americans, their families, caregivers and the general public throughout the past year in regional forums and via their website. Through this input, detailed policy briefs have been prepared on each of the four key issues, which can be found in full on the WHCOA website, http://www.whitehouseconferenceonaging.gov.

The viewing will offer participants the chance to join in on Bloomington's discussion of "the landscape for older Americans for the next decade." Commissioners will be present at MCPL throughout the livestream session. Members of the public are welcome to join the event at any point; no pre-registration is required.

About the Commission on Aging

The Commission on Aging serves as a catalyst for improving public awareness of the senior and aging community. The Commission works in collaboration with diverse community members and organizations to build bridges, open dialogue, celebrate accomplishments, encourage programming, and explore issues and concerns of older adults. The Commission on Aging meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 4:30 p.m. at City Hall, 401 N. Morton St., in the Hooker Conference Room, Ste. 245. All Commission meetings are open to the public, and minutes from meetings can be found on the Commission's website.

For additional information, contact Program Specialist Sue Owens at owenss@bloomington.in.gov or 812.349.3468.

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