VGM plugs stakeholders into 2015 White House Conference on Aging

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WhiteHouseAgingBy: Lalaina Rabary, People for Quality Care As the demographics of the United States shift, there has never been a more important time than to spotlight issues on aging. The 2015 White House Conference on Aging honed in on these issues on Monday, July 13, and VGM’s patient advocacy group, People for Quality Care, plugged Iowans into the discussion by hosting a watch party in Waterloo, Iowa. The day was filled with announcements and the unveiling of new opportunities for individuals, businesses and organizations to get involved in paving the way for a brighter future for people of all ages. Below are some important WHCOA highlights:

  • Launch of The Administration launched on Monday to provide older Americans, their family/friends and other caregivers a one-stop resource for government-wide information and aging resources. Make sure to check out the new website to learn about resources in your community that can benefit the patients you serve.
  • Uber tackles the transportation issue for seniors: Uber announced pilot programs in Florida, Texas, Ohio, Arizona and California to increase access to transportation and options to older Americans. The transportation company will provide free technology and free or discounted rides to older Americans. Learn more at:
  • Groups announce plan to create a more “dementia-friendly America” – The Collective Lab, USAgainst Alzheimer’s, National Association of Area Agencies on Aging and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota announced plans to launch dementia-friendly communities across the country. This opens up an opportunity for HME providers to be a part of a strategy to help support individuals in their community with dementia. More at
  • Emphasis on preventing elder abuse: A significant portion of the conference discussed the pervasiveness of elder abuse and the need to stop it. Federal administrations and private sector businesses are taking action. Your business can be a big help in decreasing senior exploitation by knowing the signs and calling Adult Protective Services when you suspect neglect, financial exploitation, sexual assault and domestic violence. Learn more at:
In addition to listening to national speakers, People for Quality Care was pleased to host two local speakers. Donna Harvey, director of the Iowa Department on Aging, discussed Iowa’s initiatives to serve the aging population and Mike Mallaro, chief financial officer of VGM Group, Inc., discussed how the private sector is working to make aging better each day. The conference concluded with an invigorating speech and call to action by Tom Perez, U.S. Department of Labor Secretary: "Aging is about increasing engagement, not isolation," and "Advocacy is incredibly important as we push past the status quo." We encourage your business to join us and others as we push past the “status quo” when it comes to aging. Let’s show others that getting older is getting better because of HME! For a full list of topics covered, click here.