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Make Your Voices Heard at White House Conference on Aging
APTA invites all members to take part (virtually) in the July 13 White House Conference on Aging, an event that will examine issues important to older Americans, including mobility options, which APTA President & CEO Michael Melaniphy is scheduled to attend.
Visit the conference website to join in the conversation in a variety of ways.
• Watch the live stream of the July 13 event or host a watch party with colleagues. Tweet questions to the experts using #WHCOA and they might be answered during the conference.
• Sign up for regular updates.
• Share your own story or that of someone you know, in writing or by posting an audio or video recording, in recognition of the 50th anniversary of Medicare, Medicaid and the Older Americans Act and the 80th anniversary of Social Security.
• Finish the sentence “Getting older is getting better because…” and post it on Twitter using #WHCOA.
The older population continues to increase, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, which reports that the number of Americans age 65 and older will double over the next 50 years, from 44.7 million in 2013 (the latest figure available) to 92 million. Among those age 85 and older, the number is expected to triple from six million to 18 million.
Many of these individuals are expected to stop driving and will need accessible and practical public transportation to remain independent, maintain their mobility and stay active in society.