The Leadership Council of Aging Organizations (LCAO) is spearheading a week of activities both to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Older Americans Act as well as to mobilize support for reauthorization of the Act with the necessary appropriations.
June 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of Medicare. Since President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Medicare bill into law in 1965, Medicare has opened doors to healthcare and increased economic security for hundreds of millions of older adults, people with disabilities, and their families. In celebration of this milestone, the American Society on Aging (ASA) is devoting the Summer 2015 issue of its quarterly journal, Generations, to “Medicare at 50 Years.”
My late husband Howard had been a sports publicist. From him I learned that “There is no ‘I’ in team.” But when he became totally disabled as a result of an automobile accident, and I became his caregiver, I found that there was a “U” in team. I was repeatedly told “You are responsible for medications,” and “You have to turn him in bed every two hours,” and “You should quit your job.”
For the past eight years, Southwest Airlines generously has provided air tickets to a number of attendees at the Aging in America Conference. This year, they allocated a large portion of their gift to people attending the ASA Leadership Institute at the Conference. They were awarded tickets based on answers to essay questions posed by ASA. Cick here to learn more about the 2015 Leadership Institute participants.
In a fortuitous bit of timing, the May 2015 50th anniversary of Older Americans Month coincides with the publication of the Spring 2015 issue of Generations. It’s fortuitous because both the golden anniversary and Generations focus on how older adults can take charge of their lives and remain engaged. For more information on what you can do to celebrate and foster the 50th anniversary of Older Americans Month in your community, click here.