Members of the public can call in to listen to a policy committee set the final agenda for the 2005 White House Conference on Aging.[@@]

The 4-day conference, dubbed “The Booming Dynamics of Aging,” is scheduled to start Dec. 11 at a hotel in Washington.

The White House holds the conferences every 10 years to review issues related to aging, and the conferences could end up shaping public policy on issues such as long term care finance and reform of the shaky Medicare trust fund system.

The policy committee that sets the conference agenda, an arm of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will meet at 5 p.m. Thursday through a teleconference.

Some telephone lines will be open to members of the public, according to aging conference organizers.

Members of the public who want to try to call in should dial (800) 857-0419 and enter the passcode: 6045175 shortly before 5 p.m. Thursday.

Members of the public can listen to the conversation but cannot participate in the teleconference, aging conference organizations say.

More information about the teleconference is on the Web at http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/01jan20051800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/2005/05-21823.htm