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Policy and Advocacy

ASA may not send staffers to Capitol Hill to advocate on behalf of elders, but many organizations in our membership community certainly do. These advocates and stakeholders—many of them prominent policymakers in the aging services network—fill us in on a regular basis on their progress, whether it be fighting for elder justice, defending Social Security, supporting the beneficial policies embedded in the Affordable Care Act or pressuring a reauthorization of the Older Americans Act. Find the inside scoop on new policies affecting older adults and advocacy in the works here. And check often as the gears of government grind on: our members are there at the forefront to report on this complex landscape.  



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


A Message to the President on Aging Policy

ASA Board Chair Bob Blancato, who is president of Matz, Blancato & Associates in Washington D.C. as well as a current AARP Board member, has an article on The Huffington Post concerning the new issue of ASA’s journal, Generations. The issue covers a comprehensive range of policy matters pertinent to older people as the new administration gets underway.

Aging in America 2012 Call for Proposals Deadline -- Extended to July 5 @ 6pm PDT

Event Date: 
07.05.2011 12:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Time Zone: 
(GMT-08:00) Pacific Time
Short Description: 

Deadline to submit a proposal to present at the 2012 Aging in America Conference

Full Description: 

DEADLINE EXTENDED! Submit before 6pm PDT on July 5

If you have a best-practice program, area of expertise, research or innovation you wish to share with more than 3000 professionals in the field of aging, the Aging in America conference, scheduled for March 28-April 1, 2012 in Washington, DC, is the place to do it. 

ASA Leadership Responds to Interior Secretary Blaming Elderly for National Park Fee Increases

posted 03.15.2018

ASA’s Board Chair Bob Blancato, Chair-Elect Karyne Jones, and CEO Bob Stein today condemned remarks offered by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke during testimony to the Senate Energy and National Resources Committee on Tuesday.

ASA Washington, DC Roundtable - Ending Ageism & Reframing Aging - Your Role as an Advocate

Event Date: 
04.18.2018 08:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Time Zone: 
(GMT-05:00) Eastern Time
Event Location
Address 1: 
2801 14th Street, NW
Address 2: 
Community Room
Short Description: 

ASA Washington, DC Roundtable - Ending Ageism & Reframing Aging - Your Role as an Advocate

Full Description: 

ASA Washington, DC Roundtable - Ending Ageism & Reframing Aging - Your Role as an Advocate

Wednesday, April 18, 2018
8:30 am – 10:30 am


Community Room
Samuel J. Simmons NCBA Estates
2801 14th Street, NW
Washington, DC
This location is two blocks from the Columbia Heights Metro Station - Green Line

Our April 18 Greater Washington Roundtable program will feature a presentation by Bob Stein, President & CEO of the American Society on Aging. This collaborative, two-year project of the Frameworks Institute in Washington, DC, ASA and seven other aging organizations [*], reaffirmed that as Americans live longer and healthier lives, it's essential that society adjust both its attitudes toward aging and its systems that support and shape wellbeing in later life.  

Understanding this, ASA partnered with seven 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.  Bob will share the results and describe 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 these resources 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, training videos and web seminars have been designed to help advocates, like you, change the conversation on aging, trigger public thinking towards sparking dialogue, shift perceptions, and build support for necessary policy changes.


Barbara S Hoenig, MPH

Senior Consultant to CVS Health
Mature Workers & Workforce  Initiatives
Chair, ASA Business Forum on Aging 
and Washington, DC Roundtable


Bob Stein, CAE, MBA
American Society on Aging


* COLLABORATING ORGANIZATIONS: 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 THE PROJECT INCLUDE: The Retirement Research Foundation, Archstone Foundation, The Atlantic Philanthropies, Endowment for Health, The John A. Hartford Foundation, Rose Community Foundation, the Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, and The SCAN Foundation. 



All ASA members and individuals interested in ASA membership are welcome at this free event.

REGISTER TODAY! Registration is free, but is requested, to attend. Only complete the application form if you have no record. For assistance, contact Jutka at




Planners: Here's the Secret to Finding and Supporting Allies for Livable Communities

posted 03.05.2018

By Erin McAuliff

As planners and livable community advocates, we can always use help drumming up support for an important project or messaging proposed policies. While we know that engaging allies to assist can go a long way towards advancing these goals, more often than not we struggle to find these allusive supporters so ready to get involved and make a difference.

Falling Isn’t A Normal Part Of Aging

posted 03.05.2018

By Katharine Forth

What’s wrong with current balance testing and our understanding of balance?

Have you ever had a balance test? Do you know anyone who has?

I’ll predict that if you can answer yes, the person in question had a fall before they had the test. Isn’t that a bit like checking someone’s blood pressure only after they’ve had a heart attack?

That, in a nutshell is the problem. Balance testing can be analogous to blood pressure testing in many ways.

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