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This month has been a whirlwind of exciting activity and announcements for the Administration on Aging and the Administration for Community Living as a whole.  We celebrated the 50th anniversaries of the Older Americans Act and Medicare and Medicaid and the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which together with Social Security (which will celebrate its 80th anniversary in August), help enable older adults to live their later years in the homes and communities they choose.

This month, we also celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Area Agency on Aging network at the annual conference of the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging.  And, of course, July included the sixth White House Conference on Aging, which brought together an unprecedented number of older adults, aging advocates, state and federal partners, community organizations, foundations, and private companies to address the needs of seniors and their families today and into the future.  The conference, along with the Healthy Aging Summit earlier this week, also gave us the chance to share updates on a number of programs with our partners in the aging network. Learn more here.

Recap: WHCOA, Healthy Aging Summit, July 31, 2015, Administration for Community Living

 

On August 14th, the Social Security Administration will celebrate 80 years of service to the public. As part of Social Security's 80th anniversary celebration, faith-based organizations are invited to participate in the SSA's Faith Week of Action, August 2nd-8th. This week will highlight America's most successful poverty prevention program and encourage the public to take advantage of Social Security's financial planning tools, including the online my Social Security. During this week agencies can host an event, share information about Social Security with their communities, and encourage clients to sign up for my Social Security.  See the toolkit here to get started.

The 2015 White House Conference on Aging will be held on July 13th. The conference will bring together government officials, members of the public, caregivers, older Americans, business leaders, and community leaders to discuss a vision for aging in the next decade. Click here to learn more.