Statement by President and CEO James Firman on the 2016 Election

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Arlington, VA – The following is a statement from James Firman, President and CEO of the National Council on Aging (NCOA), regarding the 2016 Election:

For more than 65 years, the NCOA has made improving the lives of older adults its passion and its mission. We are committed to working with the newly elected Administration and Congress to continue building momentum toward our vision of a just and caring society in which each of us, as we age, lives with dignity, purpose, and security.

NCOA has a long history of finding and promoting practical, bipartisan solutions to meet the challenges of aging. We share concerns many have expressed about our divided nation, and we call upon the President-elect and Congressional leaders to pursue policies that build bridges, not burn them.

As we strive to identify areas for collaboration, NCOA will remain true to its goals of:

  • Strengthening the safety net for the most vulnerable, disadvantaged Americans
  • Supporting evidence-based programs that empower older adults to improve their health, manage chronic conditions, and prevent injuries and health crises
  • Promoting economic security for older Americans who have worked hard all their lives and are struggling to achieve a secure retirement

We believe many of our strategies can bring people together to achieve common purposes, including:

  • Helping seniors and people with disabilities remain in their own homes instead of institutions, which saves money, promotes quality, and keeps families together.
  • Empowering individuals with proven strategies to better manage their health, which improves quality of life and lowers health care costs.
  • Working with both the public and private sectors to support people who are struggling financially to regain their economic security and find jobs, which fosters independence.
  • And giving everyone the knowledge and tools to age well, which enriches and strengthens America.

NCOA is proud to have played a leadership role in helping to enact Medicare, Medicaid, and the Older Americans Act, and in supporting key provisions of the Affordable Care Act that improve services for seniors. Going forward, we will work across party lines and in broad coalitions to protect these programs against cuts that would harm Americans in need, while looking for targeted investments that can reduce costs, improve quality, and expand access. And we will continue to advocate for programs that help seniors afford food, medicine, and other costs of daily living; manage their chronic conditions; prevent falls; and access community-based services and supports that keep them independent.

When asked the secret to vital aging, Arthur Flemming—secretary of Health, Education & Welfare under President Dwight D. Eisenhower and two-time recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom—said simply: “Keep going.” He lived that advice as a tireless advocate for building bridges between the public and private sectors to help people address “the hazards and vicissitudes of life.”

NCOA is fully committed to keep going—working with our nationwide network of partners and our newly elected leaders to improve the lives all older Americans, especially those who are struggling.

About NCOA

The National Council on Aging (NCOA) is a respected national leader and trusted partner to help people aged 60+ meet the challenges of aging. Our mission is to improve the lives of millions of older adults, especially those who are struggling. Through innovative community programs and services, online help, and advocacy, NCOA is partnering with nonprofit organizations, government, and business to improve the health and economic security of 10 million older adults by 2020. Learn more at ncoa.org and @NCOAging.