The White House Conference on Aging (WHCOA) issued its first “policy brief” Friday afternoon, addressing the issue of “healthy aging.”
Get ready for news of a truly momentous policy announcement – The Conference is urging a “shift in the way we think and talk about aging. Rather than focusing on the limitations of aging, older adults across the nation want to focus instead on the opportunities of aging.” Oh, and older adults should get physical activity, good nutrition and good medical care.
No, this is not an April fools joke. With all of the problems facing older Americans, the Obama administration essentially wants us all to think happy thoughts.
Meanwhile, the WHCOA has completely ignored calls to address the problem of age discrimination in employment, which, among other things, condemns older workers to a retirement of poverty or near poverty.
According to a 2013 study by Economic Policy Institute, nearly half (48.0 percent) of the elderly population is “economically vulnerable,” defined as having an income that is less than two times the supplemental poverty threshold. This equates to roughly 19.9 million economically vulnerable seniors. Women and minorities have far higher rates of economic vulnerability. Continue reading “OBAMA’S POLICY ON AGING – BE POSITIVE!”