January/Februay 2006

DeMark Reports on White House Conference on Aging

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Roger DeMark
President and Chief Executive Officer
Franciscan Villa
South Milwaukee, WI

Roger DeMark, president and chief executive officer of Franciscan Villa, South Milwaukee, Wis., served as a delegate to the White House Conference on Aging in December 2005. “It was my pleasure and a privilege to attend the conference as an at-large delegate sponsored by Catholic Health Initiatives and to represent the interests of all the seniors in our care,” said DeMark. The December event was the fifth White House Conference on Aging, which is held every ten years to present resolutions to Congress and the President regarding programs and policies that affect the elderly. “The intended focus of the conference was planning for the impact of the retirement of the baby-boom generation, but many of the 1,200 delegates preferred to discuss protection of existing programs,” said DeMark. “There were many discussions about ‘fixing’ the Medicare Part D prescription program and President Bush’s proposal to privatize Social Security.” The conference resolutions that received the highest number of delegate votes were:
  • Reauthorize the Older American Act.
  • Develop a comprehensive long-term strategy.
  • Ensure transportation options for seniors.
  • Strengthen and improve Medicaid.
  • Strengthen and improve Medicare.
“This was an incredible opportunity to meet people from around the country who work for the best interests of seniors, and to discuss our common challenges,” said DeMark.