Political News for Senior Citizens
Political News for Seniors
Senior Citizen League finds things to like at White House aging event
July 20, 2015 – The Senior Citizen League (TSCL), often a careful critic of things that impact America’s senior citizens, has issued their review of the White House Conference on Aging, that happens every 10 years. Following is the TSCL’s report on the meeting that finds some things to like.
On Monday, the White House held its Conference on Aging, which occurs once every decade with the purpose of discussing and advancing initiatives that will improve the lives of older Americans. Several members of the Obama Administration were present at Monday’s event, and President Obama himself gave remarks on the challenges facing seniors today.
He said, “We have to work to do more to ensure that every older American has the resources and the support that they need to thrive. That challenge – protecting our seniors, dealing with the rising costs of an aging generation, ensuring we have enough home care workers looking out for our family members, maximizing the contributions that older Americans can make to our country – these challenges are just becoming more urgent.”
Nearly twenty new initiatives were revealed at Monday’s conference. In his speech, President Obama announced one that will encourage workers to save more for retirement by helping states create new workplace-based savings opportunities.
Currently, around one-third of all employees do not have access to a workplace retirement plan. The initiative announced on Monday will “provide a clear path forward for states to create retirement savings programs” by the end of this year, President Obama said.
Another initiative announced on Monday will improve the quality and safety requirements for nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities. The new rule proposed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will update the standards that have been in place for nearly twenty-five years.
According to the administration, it will “improve quality of life, enhance person-centered care and services for residents in nursing homes, improve resident safety, and bring these regulatory requirements into closer alignment with current professional standards.”
A third initiative will increase access to nutritious foods for homebound individuals who can no longer drive by allowing Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits to be used for food delivery services.
In addition, the Department of Transportation will be rolling out a new project called the National Aging and Disability Transportation Center. The $2.5 million initiative will help develop transportation options available to homebound older Americans.
The Obama Administration – along with many private corporations like Hewlett-Packard and Walgreens – announced several other new projects that will aim to improve the lives of seniors at Monday’s conference.
For more information, check out the White House’s Fact Sheet that summarizes each one.
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