December 29, 2005
Ed Zastrow from Ketchikan, Kathleen "Mike" Dalton from Fairbanks, Laraine Derr from Juneau, Elmer Feltz from Wasilla, Gloria McCutcheon and Dr. George Charles from Anchorage, and Pat Branson from Kodiak joined 1200 delegates selected by Governors, Members of Congress, National Congress of American Indians and the WHCOA Policy Committee in the 5th WHCOA and the first in the 21st century.
The 2005 WHCOA has a legislative mandate to focus on the aging of today and tomorrow including the 78 million baby boomers who will begin to turn 60 in January, 2006. For nearly two years, the WHCOA has sought input from a wide array of stakeholders to develop the overarching agenda and plan for the WHCOA.
Delegates voted to select the top 50 resolutions after reviewing a total of 73 resolutions compiled from those submitted from all over the country. (The State of Alaska had submitted 28 resolutions based on input gathered at public forums held across the state.) Delegates then worked in dozens of break-out sessions to create strategies for implementing the top resolutions.
The top resolutions chosen by the delegates include:
According to the Alaska Department of Health, delegates worked in dozens of break-out sessions to create strategies for implementing the top 50 resolutions.
A draft report of the 2005 White House Conference on Aging (WHCOA) is scheduled to be released 100 days from the day the conference adjourned on December 14th. A final report will be released in June, 2006 by the White House Conference on Aging Policy Committee.
To learn more about Alaska's resolutions and the many recommendations resulting from Alaska's 2005 "The Future of Aging in Alaska" community forums, visit the Alaska Commission on Aging's website, www.alaskaaging.org/whitehouseconference.htm.
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