2012 Ageing in America Conference

APRIL 02, 2012 12:04 AM| no comments

So the 2012 Ageing in America Conference has come to a close. The five days of engagement and debate have finished, the stands have been taken down and the 3, 000 or so delegates have made their way home.  Though you can of course continue to watch coverage of the event on ASA TV on both YouTube and the ASA website.

The conference program covered an enormous number of issues – both practical and political. So this is perhaps a good opportunity to consider what’s been achieved last week in Washington.

I’ve covered hundreds of conferences over the past few years in many countries. And delegates always value the opportunity to network with their peers. But despite this I was particularly struck this week by the almost unique opportunity the Ageing in America Conference gave caregivers to swap stories and simply lean on each other for support.

The other big success was the opportunity to have a really well informed discussion on the issues facing the elderly in modern America. These issues are always more important during an election year. But this is no ordinary election. And one gets the feeling this is a pivotal moment in America for older adults.

But successful as the conference has been it can’t stop here. The ASA is standing up for older Americans in the firestorm that represents current political debate. And it’s also great to see them using all the modern communication tools at their disposal – including ASA TV – to do just that.

Stephen Horn, CEO


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