Update: I was moved by many of the stories and statistics shared at the White House Conference on Aging. How little paid caregivers earn and the rallying cry to pay them a livable wage of $13/hour. A woman who juggles the demands of motherhood and her father who has Alzheimer’s, yet sits on hold or gets the run-around when calling for help from government agencies.
There were many programs and initiatives unveiled at the conference, and while many sound promising, the proof will be in the results.
The White House Conference on Aging is happening today. I think it will be of interest to many who follow this blog.
I wish I could be in Washington, D.C. to participate in person, but I am following along with the live stream of the conference and taking part in the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #WHCOA.
I hope the conference will help generate greater awareness for the issues impacting caregivers in America, both family caregivers and professional caregivers. The fact that the government is taking a day to discuss aging issues is progress, but of course, legislative action and government funding is ultimately what is needed.
If you catch any of the conference, share your thoughts below.