Melvina L., McCabe, M.D., faculty within the School of Medicine Department of Family and Community Medicine and director of the New Mexico Geriatric Education Center has been selected to serve on President Bush's Advisory Committee to the White House Conference on Aging (WHCOA).

The White House Conference on Aging occurs once a decade to make aging policy recommendations to the President and Congress, and to assist the public and private sectors in promoting dignity, health, independence and economic security of current and future generations of older person.  McCabe was one of 22 individuals appointed by President Bush to the WHCOA Advisory Committee.  Also from New Mexico is Kathleen Correa, Executive Director of Laguna Rainbow Nursing Facility, Pueblo of Laguna.

The 2005 White House Conference on Aging occurs as the first wave of the baby boom generation prepares for retirement, creating an important opportunity to creatively assess aging in America and improve the lives of older Americans. The theme of the conference, which will take place in Washington, D.C., on December 11-14, is "The Booming Dynamics of Aging: "From Awareness to Action."  

The committee's role is an advisory one.   As the 17-member bipartisan Policy Committee continues, through public input, to develop the substance, emphasis and focus of the WHCOA, the Advisory Committee will contribute to the development of resolutions and background materials for the delegates and make recommendations to the Policy Committee that will add to the success of the WHCOA.

The WHCOA Advisory Committee members represent a broad range of issues associated with aging and planning for the future. "I am pleased to have these individuals on the WHCOA team. Their unique expertise, knowledge and

perspective will be extremely useful as we move forward with the preparations for the historic WHCOA," said Chairman Hardy.

The 2005 WHCOA will be the fifth such Conference in history. The purpose of the White House Conference on Aging is to make recommendations to the President and the Congress that will help shape policies on aging over the next ten years and beyond.

  


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