National Lutheran Communities & Services’ (NLCS) President and Chief Executive Officer Larry Bradshaw recently took part in the White House Conference on Aging’s (WHCOA) regional forum in Boston, Massachusetts on May 28.
Earlier in 2015, the WHCOA launched a series of regional forums to provide input and ideas for the 2015 White House Conference on Aging (which will take place on July 13 in Washington, D.C.). The invitation-only forums are designed to engage with leaders in the field of aging, older adults, their families, caregivers, and others on key issues affecting older Americans.
To date, four other member organizations of the Lutheran Services in America (LSA) network have participated in the forums. Most recently at May’s forum Mark Pile, president and CEO of Diakon, represented LSA alongside NLCS’ Larry Bradshaw.
“This is an invaluable opportunity for us to give direct feedback to the Administration on vital issues affecting the millions of seniors who have entrusted their care to us,” said Bradshaw. “As the national voice for Lutheran social ministry, the LSA network is in a unique position to comment on the issues that the WHCOA is designed to address. With two-thirds of LSA’s members representing senior services, we can attest first-hand to the sea changes affecting our organizations, and how we can navigate these changes while not losing sight of our missions to care for older adults and their families.”
The WHCOA has been held once a decade, beginning in 1961, and is designed to help chart the course of aging policy. The 2015 Conference will focus on four areas: ensuring retirement security; promoting healthy aging; providing long-term services and supports; and protecting older Americans from financial exploitation, abuse, and neglect. Additional information on Conference activities can be found at www.whitehouseconferenceonaging.gov.
To learn more about the LSA Senior Services Network, visit: http://www.lutheranservices.org/seniorservices