At 70, I’m on the national agenda — along with the 10,000 people who are turning 65 every day.

I was in high school during the first White House Conference on Aging, around the same time that JFK challenged us to “ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.”

As the White House Conference on Aging convened again, this past July in Washington, DC, I hoped that the WHCOA leaders would seek to leverage the time, energies and experience of able, older adults, and ask the encore generation to serve, as they asked us all, decades earlier. (Visit for the full op-ed.)


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