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Fuss Center Director Participates in Regional Forum Ahead of White House Conference on Aging

June 10, 2015

Professor Joann Montepare, Director of Lasell's RoseMary B. Fuss Center for Research on Aging and Intergenerational Studies recently participated in a regional forum to create policy recommendations for consideration at the upcoming White House Conference on Aging in July.

Montepare was among 200 leaders on aging invited to participate in the forum, which was held at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate in Boston in late May.

"In the recommendations for discussion at the final White Conference on Aging, I was thrilled to see intergenerational issues highlighted along with the need to expand our nation's aging focus on the talents of older adults than can help to address pressing problems. This is all very much aligned with the mission of the Fuss Center," said Montepare.

The regional forum brought together academics, elder Americans, advocates, caregivers, community leaders, and others to discuss aging policy.

In 1961, the first White House Conference on Aging (WHCoA) was convened to examine issues of importance to older Americans. This year marks the 50th anniversary of Medicare, Medicaid, and the Older Americans Act, as well as the 80th anniversary of Social Security - and, this year's WHCoA  will engage older adults and leaders in the field of aging around four related issues: retirement security, elder justice, long-term services and supports, and healthy aging. Prior to this event, five regional forums were organized around the country.

Boston's event was the final forum.