WHCOA (White House Conference on Aging) Unveils Plans To Help Seniors
Earlier this week, the White House’s Conference on Aging, a once-a-decade gathering that has given birth to landmark government programs like Medicare and Medicaid, launched a new website : aging.org. Aging.org will be a gathering point for aging-related Federal resources and information. President Obama outlined the White House’s plans to address Alzheimer’s disease, improve nursing home safety and enhance training of health care workers. He shared concerns that 2.5 million more home health and personal care aides will be needed to provide long-term services to seniors between now and 2030.
Technology and the Future of Aging, was the 5th and final panel discussion at Monday’s 2015 White House Conference on Aging and is the panel discussion everyone is still buzzing about. The panel was made up of:
JEFF ZIENTS, (Moderator) National Economic Council
SUSANNAH FOX, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
RACHEL HOLT, Uber
TOM PARKINSON, Peapod LLC
CHARLES WALLACE, Michigan Technological University
LARRY RAFFONE, Financial Engines
DONNA LEVIN, Care.com
- Seth Sternberg (founder and CEO of Honor) believes the real thought leader in using technology to better support aging is the Veteran’s Administration. VA’s Telehealth has increased healthcare access to veterans in more rural areas and the program continues to grow.
- Education rather than age is the best predictor of Internet usage. Tom Parkinson, Peapod (grocery delivery service) started as a grocery delivery person and was surprised at the number of elderly customers when the Internet was a still difficult, modem dial-up connection.
Scientists Say Age Isn’t a Reliable Gauge of Health
You may be younger than you think. 18 biomarkers were used in this study, as described by the Wall Street Journal, to determine which how much each impacted actual aging. Only 20% depended on genetics with lifestyle and environmental factors accounting for the rest. This seems in line with the conclusions of Masterpiece Living’s, Live Long, Die Short.