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Leadership in Aging

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The aging services industry needs good leaders in order to keep pace with America’s shifting demographics. ASA’s key goal is to support and enhance the knowledge and skills of people who work to improve the quality of life of older adults and their families, and we fulfill this goal by developing and mentoring members’ leadership skills and growth. Our fast-track Leadership Academy supports those already in a rewarding career, but who are seeking leadership positions. And the two-decades old New Ventures in Leadership program supports leaders of color. The leadership landing page is an especially useful resource that gives information about those dynamic programs, while featuring stories and webinar content on careers in aging, re-careering in other directions, mentoring and its many benefits, staff development, and more.


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


Reframing Aging: Gaining Momentum

Reframing Aging: Gaining Momentum

Here We Go Again! Stop Final Effort to Kill ACA

posted 09.19.2017

ASA Board Chair Bob Blancato and Public Policy Committee Chair Bill Benson have sent a call to action to ASA members concerning the latest effort in the Senate to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The text of the message follows.

We call on our members with Republican senators to make immediate contact with their senator’s office to urge these senators to oppose any effort to pass the so-called Cassidy-Graham Amendment (formally, the Cassidy-Graham Heller-Johnson Amendment to H.R. 1628, the “American Health Care Act of 2017”).

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Start : 10:00 AM (Pacific)
End : 11:00 AM (Pacific)

Presented by ASA’s Mental Health and Aging Network (MHAN)

ASA Members: Register now for FREE

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Start : 10:00 AM (Pacific)
End : 11:00 AM (Pacific)

Part of the Aging and Disability Business Institute Series—a collaboration of n4a and ASA

Click here to view on Vimeo for free.

Listen to podcast here

Includes complimentary CEUs

The Age of Anti-Aging: Media Hype and the Myth of the Ageless Baby Boomer

posted 08.07.2017

By Paul Kleyman

As a journalist, my perspective on aging is somewhat unusual, in that in 1972, when I began writing my book, Senior Power: Growing Old Rebelliously (1974), I believed I’d somehow found my way to the cutting edge of a new frontier in the movement for social justice. Opposing ageism was a cause I was sure everyone would see manifest in their morning mirrors. Until that period, few in the “Movement” had taken old age very seriously, especially as a looming issue of inequality.

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ASA Chicagoland Roundtable: Reframing Aging - Your Role as an Advocate

Event Date: 
08.11.2017 08:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Time Zone: 
(GMT-06:00) Central Time
Event Location
Address 1: 
1725 W Harrison S, Searle Conference Center
Address 2: 
Elevator II, 5th Fl, 542 Brainard
Short Description: 

Gaining Momentum Toolkit will be described

Full Description: 

Our August 11 Chicago Roundtable program will feature a presentation by Bob Stein, President & CEO of the American Society on Aging. This follows an introduction to the reframing/ageism work Bob presented at our August 2016 Chicago Roundtable program. This two year project working with the Frameworks Institute in Washington, DC, ASA and seven other aging organizations [*] collaborating on this critical work, reaffirmed that as Americans live longer and healthier lives, it's essential that society adjust both its attitude toward aging and its systems that support and shape wellbeing in later life. Understanding this, ASA partnered with seven of its peer organizations, nine forward-thinking funders [**], and the FrameWorks Institute [***] to figure out how to reframe aging.

The findings and recommendations are now available to the field in a new toolkit, Gaining Momentum, and Bob will be sharing the results and how to start working with Gaining Momentum Toolkit, which is available without cost to the field, thanks to the financial support of our nine funders*. You can find it here:

In our youth-obsessed culture, aging is primarily understood as a personal fate to avoid, not a social issue that demands a public response. The Toolkit is designed to help advocates like you work to change the conversation on aging, to trigger public thinking to spark dialogue, to shift perceptions, and to build support for necessary policy changes.


Bob Stein, CAE, MBA

American Society on Aging


*The American Society on Aging, American Federation for Aging Research, The American Geriatrics Society, AARP, Grantmakers in Aging, The Gerontological Society of America, National Hispanic Council on Aging, and the National Council on Aging. 

**Funders providing generous support for this project include:  




Registration is free and required, to attend. Only complete the application form if you have no record. Otherwise, please log in. For assistance with registration, contact Jutka at  

All ASA members are welcome at this free event.

 Local contact: Mary Lou Tomecek Baker, 312-942-2053 

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Start : 10:00 AM (Pacific)
End : 11:00 AM (Pacific)

Part of the Aging and Disability Business Institute Series

Click here to view the recorded presentation at no charge.

Includes complimentary CEUs

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