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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. 


ASA Statement on the 2018 Federal Budget Proposal

The American Society on Aging today called on Congress to abandon the budget proposal submitted by the President yesterday and offer an alternative that spares the deepest cuts in domestic spending in a generation.

ASA Board Chairman Bob Blancato said, “The pure volume of ill-advised program elimination and cuts in this budget is hard to fathom. If adopted as proposed it would guarantee a decade of despair for millions of the most vulnerable Americans of all ages.”

White House Proclaims May 2017 Older Americans Month

posted 05.02.2017

On April 28, 2017, President Trump officially declared May 2017 as Older Americans Month. Celebrating Older Americans Month is one way to remind us to keep up advocacy efforts and honor this cohort’s significant accomplishments and contributions to our society.

The Proclamation states: “As we celebrate Older Americans Month, we take the opportunity to thank our seniors and recognize the enormous contributions they make to the Nation. We are blessed to have their presence, their love, and their unmatched perspective for our families.”

Thursday, June 22, 2017

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

Presented by ASA’s Lifetime Education and Renewal Network (LEARN)

ASA Members: Register now for FREE

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

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

Part of the National Alzheimer’s and Dementia Resource Center webinar series sponsored by the Administration for Community Living.

Click here to view the recorded presentation at no charge.

Advocating for Older Adult Issues: Approaches to Communicating & Organizing

Event Date: 
04.28.2017 08:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Time Zone: 
(GMT-06:00) Central Time
Event Location
Address 1: 
Rush University Medical Center
Address 2: 
1725 W Harrison St, Elevator II, 5th Floor, Room 5
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ASA Chicagoland Roundtable

Full Description: 

Join us to hear learn about effective ways to advocate for aging-related issues, both via traditional advocacy methods of outreach to elected officials and by putting together compelling human interest stories to share with reporters or via social media that seek to highlight policy issues or to combat ageism. The three panelists will each bring an important angle to the topic:

• Communication strategies and media messaging: Candice Warltier, Principal, Communication Strategies Group

• Political advocacy: Kris Sadur, Outreach Coordinator/Constituent Advocate, Office of Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky

• Grassroots organizing in IL: Ann Marie Cunningham, Leader with the Healthcare/Economic Justice Committee and Publicity Committee, Jane Addams Senior Caucus

RI Generations Awards Dinner and 10th Annual Person-Centered Care Symposium

Event Date: 
06.07.2017 05:00 PM - 06.08.2017 04:00 PM
Time Zone: 
(GMT-05:00) Eastern Time
Event Location
Address 1: 
Crowne Plaza
Address 2: 
801 Greenwich Avenue
Short Description: 

Awards Dinner and Symposium related to Person-Centered Care and Culture Change

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Imogene Higbie Awards Dinner – June 7, 2017

On June 7, RIG will host the Imogene Higbie Awards Dinner to applaud direct-care professionals who have championed culture change in the elder care community. Named for Imogene Higbie who initiated the person-centered elder care movement, the honorees who have each significantly fostered person-centered care will each receive a scholarship.

10th Annual Person-Centered Care Symposium – June 8, 2017

On June 8, RIG will hold its 10th Annual Person-Centered Care Symposium, featuring renowned keynote speakers who have dedicated their careers to culture change in elder care and advancing individualized senior living.

Attendees will explore the current state of culture change in senior living, ways in which to implement the shift in their own community, and leadership approaches necessary to effect quality individualized elder care. Symposium attendees will have the opportunity to earn continuing education units while visiting with local and national exhibitors, and network with other healthcare professionals dedicated to advancing the transition from institutionalized to individualize senior living.

The globally recognized keynote speakers will include:

·         Dr. G. Allen Power, Schlegel Chair for Innovation in Aging and Dementia

·         Steve Shields: CEO, Action Pact

·         Nancy Fox: Chief Innovation Officer, Vivage Senior Living

Tickets for the Awards Dinner are available for $75 per person or $650 for a reserved table of 10. Symposium tickets, available for $115 per person, include breakfast, lunch and registration for keynote presentations and afternoon workshops. For those who wish to attend both events, individual tickets are available at a discounted rate of $160. Groups are encouraged to take advantage of the “buy three-get-one-free” option available when purchasing tickets for either event. Tickets for both the symposium and the Imogene Higbie Awards Dinner can be purchased by visiting

For more information about RI Generations, to join the volunteer committee, or to sponsor the Awards Dinner and Symposium, please visit: or contact Gretchen Heath at  

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