News from Representative Suzanne Bonamici


White House Conference on Aging

It was an honor to attend the recent White House Conference on Aging. The conference is held once every ten years and attracts senior advocates from across the country to Washington, D.C. to discuss the changing demographics of our aging population, and how we can implement policy that benefits seniors and our country. I am working to reauthorize the Older Americans Act (OAA). Read my op-ed about why it's important to update this law. Below is a summary of some of the key topics discussed at the conference.

Fulfilling Our Commitment to Seniors
President Obama opened the conference with a important reminder that a country is measured by how well it takes care of its older citizens. Medicare and Social Security were part of a commitment our country made to seniors decades ago - that they would not grow old in poverty. It is a commitment we must uphold. Read more about the conference here.
Retirement Security
 
Americans are living longer, more fulfilling lives as they age. This helps grow our economy, but it also means we must examine our retirement programs. Secretary of Labor Tom Perez moderated an informative panel about how we can strengthen retirement savings options including automatic enrollment in an IRA or encouraging state-based retirement savings plans like the plan passed by the Oregon legislature this past session.
Active, Healthy Living
Healthy living is important for older Americans. Eating right, exercising, and receiving screening and treatment for health conditions can help seniors live longer into their golden years. Long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad participated in a panel discussion with the U.S. Surgeon General. Nyad, who completed a swim from Cuba to Florida, emphasized the importance of being active at any age.
Celebrating 50 Years
It was a pleasure to talk with Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-12)and her husband, former Congressman John Dingell. Congressman Dingell was a leader in the House of Representatives when Medicare and the Older Americans Act passed and were signed into law. These programs have helped millions of older Americans live long, fulfilling lives.

 

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