ASA is the essential resource to cultivate leadership, advance knowledge, and strengthen the skills of those who work with, and on behalf of, older adults.

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Creativity and Lifelong Learning

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Study after study has demonstrated that lifelong learning is highly instrumental in staving off dementia and cognitive decline. Picking up a brand-new, creative skill, like making music, is one of the more enjoyable approaches to lifelong learning. But can encouraging elders to join a community choir save money on healthcare? Does brain plasticity mean we can rebuild brains damaged by poor lifestyle choices? What about recreation in the form of intense physical exercise—how important is physicality to healthy aging? Land here for the latest research and answers you’ll need to help your clients enrich their Third Age.


Online Learning: ASA members have free access to all web seminars. 

Lifetime Education and Renewal Network: Members of the Lifetime Education and Renewal Network (LEARN) are involved in all aspects of education for older adults. They represent the growing variety of settings and programs offering opportunities for lifetime learners



There's Still Time! Submit Your Presentation Proposal for the 2017 Aging in America Conference (AIA17)

posted 07.07.2016

We are still accepting proposals to present at the 2017 ASA Aging in America Conference (AiA17!) happening in Chicago, March 20-24, 2017!

Deadline: Proposals will be accepted through July 15, 2016.

You can submit your presentation proposal here (you'll need to log in with your account, or create one—it's totally free!)

Learn in your spare time this summer

posted 04.18.2016
For professionals in the field of aging, online courses can be an engaging and convenient way to learn new information and brush up on old skills. And the summertime is a great time to enroll in one of the online courses offered by ASA and the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology. Because you can take the courses on a computer or mobile device it is easy and practical to continue your professional learning anywhere, any time. 

Resilience and Diversity Highlighted on Day 4 of AiA16

posted 03.24.2016

Each year, ASA members from around the country bring their passion for the field of aging to ASA's Aging in America Conference. And while we are all linked by this common bond of dedication and commitment to improving the lives of older adults, the varying experiences, goals, populations served and distinct communities create a diverse and rich experience for attendees and presenters alike. 

Aging in America Day One Recap

posted 03.21.2016

Thousands of professionals from around the country (and the world) are in Washington DC to attend ASA’s 2016 Aging in America Conference and share their passion and expertise about improving the quality of life for older adults. You can join the conversation by following #AiA16 on Twitter and Facebook.

Off to Work We Go (Again)… Can Working Longer = Retirement Security?

posted 03.15.2016

By Sara E. Rix

Extended employment is going to be a more important component of retirement planning for a growing number of older Americans. With fewer employers offering defined benefit plans or retiree healthcare, do-it-yourself retirement has become the name of the game.

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LEARN Network News

posted 03.15.2016

By Sandra von Doetinchem

It is my greatest pleasure to contribute to the American Society on Aging as the chair of the Lifetime Education and Renewal Network (LEARN) Council since nearly three years. I would like to thank the whole council for their amazing work, their enthusiasm and passion in the field of lifelong learning, as well as for the time they have devoted to LEARN. I would also like to thank these members who will complete their terms of service at the 2016 Aging in America Conference: Gay Hanna and Laci McKinney.

Behind the Scene: Getting Ready for the Panel on Latest Trends from Lifelong Learning

posted 03.15.2016

Modern technology… wow, what we would do without it when planning for a conference collaboration?  In our case, it is indispensable for a diverse group of six folks from all over the country, coming together through electronic resources to lay out an upcoming panel discussion for AiA16. Time zones, pshaw. Dedication overcomes distance.  But beyond the modern convenience, what is truly amazing is the level of excitement we share about our topic…Lifelong Learning.

2016 ASA Aging in America Conference

Event Date: 
03.20.2016 09:00 AM - 03.24.2016 01:00 PM
Time Zone: 
(GMT-05:00) Eastern Time
Event Location
Address 1: 
2660 Woodley Road, NW
Short Description: 

The annual meeting of the America Society on Aging

Full Description: 

From March 20–24, 2016, nearly 3,000 professionals will meet in Washington, D.C. to engage with each other on a multitude of issues affecting our older adult population. Every year we meet as a community at the Aging in America Conference to share ideas and knowledge, learn from the experts, gain new perspectives and get reinvigorated to do our best work.  All conference activities will take place at the Marriott Wardman Park and Omni Shoreham Hotels. 



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