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Message from NEA-Retired President

NEA-Retired at the White House

 

Last summer, I represented NEA-Retired members at the White House Conference on Aging. It was an unforgettable experience that addressed a variety of topics—more than I would be able to absorb and retain at any age, not just as the octogenarian I am today.

Ten thousand Americans reach age 65 every day. We live longer than any previous generation, which prompted several of the conference speakers to reiterate something we all know: To make the most of these years, we must keep our bodies active and our minds involved.

Involvement in NEA-Retired does just that, and it’s something to remember while recruiting new members and encouraging others to take leadership roles.

Look at me. I know that my involvement provided just the foundation I needed during a difficult cancer battle—one that I am still winning.

Conference attendees also explored caregivers’ needs—something many NEA-Retired members know about firsthand. And I was pleased by the discussion about giving leave and flextime to family caregivers.

Several of the speakers, including President Barack Obama, emphasized the need to treat seniors with dignity and respect. “One of the ways to measure a country,” the president said, “is how it treats its elderly.” And Vice Admiral Vivek H. Murthy, the U.S. Surgeon General, described how he and his sister end visits to India by touching the feet of their grandparents—a way to honor the elders’ wisdom and accomplishments.

Many thanks to NEA President Lily Eskelsen García for recommending me for this valuable event.

Click here for more about the White House Conference on Aging.

—NEA-Retired President Tom Curran

 

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1-Oct-15

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