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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.  



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Advocacy Starts at Home: Strengthening Supports for Low-Income Older Adults and Family Caregivers

posted 02.08.2016

By Fay Gordon and Vanessa Barrington

Margaret is a mom, with two teenagers at home, a husband, and a nonprofit career. Every day, Margaret visits her 91 year-old mother Sadie, and is always on-call for doctor’s appointments, help with bills, and groceries. Margaret is a family caregiver, one of nearly 35 million Americans providing unpaid care to an older adult.

The Power of Three: A Triumvirate of Advocates Ensures Elders’ Voices are Heard

posted 02.03.2016

By Anne Montgomery and Elizabeth Blair

In times of fiscal restraint, older adults’ voices can get lost in the lobbying among powerful stakeholders and legislative and executive branch discussions about budget allocations and funding priorities. It is often up to advocates to raise the real-world concerns of older adults at the state and national levels, and to explain and track the consequences of financial decisions made.

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Latino Age Wave Initiative - Report Briefing - January 25, 2016 Sacramento

Event Date: 
01.25.2016 08:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Time Zone: 
(GMT-08:00) Pacific Time
Event Location
Address 1: 
State Capitol, Room 447
Address 2: 
1315 10th St,
Short Description: 

Assemblywoman Patty López, Hispanics in Philanthropy (HIP), and the California Advocacy Network for Aging Latinos (CANAL) invite you to attend two events:

Full Description: 
Assemblywoman Patty López, Hispanics in Philanthropy (HIP), and the California Advocacy Network for Aging Latinos (CANAL) invite you to attend two events:  
Report Briefing

THE LATINO AGE WAVE: Towards a Latino Aging Agenda

Hispanics in Philanthropy
State Capitol, Room 447
January 25, 2016
8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
RSVP here:
Join HIP and experts in the field of aging in discussing the findings of HIP’s soon-to-be released report: The Latino Age Wave: Towards a Latino Aging Agenda! 

The report is a follow up to HIP’s 2011 publication, “The Latino Age Wave” and explores the state of the Latino older adult population in the United States. Based on the findings of HIP’s recently-concluded California Latino Age Wave Initiative and the on-the-ground experience if its grantees, HIP’s report explores the challenges and opportunities facing Latino older adults and evaluates the capacity of the established infrastructure to meet the changing needs of this growing population. From cultural competency and service accessibility to best practices and opportunities for investment, this report briefing will provide a thorough analysis of, not only where Latino elders are today, but also how philanthropy and community-based organizations can be key players in supporting this vital and growing population. 

- CANAL Reception -

An Evening with Key California Policymakers

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Tequila Museo Mayahuel
1200 K St., Sacramento, CA
January 25, 2016
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
RSVP here:

PLEASE RSVP to either or both events by clicking on the links provided above.  Note each event has its own RSVP. 
About Hispanics in Philanthropy 
Hispanics in Philanthropy began in 1983 as a network of foundations committed to increasing philanthropic resources for social change in Latino communities. Since then, the organization has built a 550-plus transnational network of funders, academics, community leaders, businesspeople, and government officials, establishing a transnational infrastructure for strengthening the Latino civil sector across the United States and Latin America.
About the California Advocacy Network for Aging Latinos 
California Advocacy Network for Aging Latinos was formed with the mission to increase the quality of life of aging Latinos in California through capacity building, community engagement, advocacy and public policy development.
About the AARP Foundation 
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of more than 3 million in California and nearly 38 million nationwide. AARP helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families such as livable communities, healthcare, employment and income security, retirement planning, and protection from financial abuse. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates.  The AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. AARP has staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. In California, AARP maintains offices in Pasadena, Sacramento, and San Francisco. Learn more at​


Fostering Innovation in Research on Aging

Event Date: 
10.20.2016 (All day) - 10.22.2016 (All day)
Time Zone: 
(GMT-05:00) Eastern Time
Event Location
Address 1: 
Hotel Bonaventure Montreal
Address 2: 
900 de la Gauchetiere
Short Description: 

45th Scientific & Educational Meeting of the Canadian Association on Gerontology

Full Description: 


CAG2016: Fostering Innovation in Research on Aging

45th Annual Scientific and Educational Meeting
Canadian Association on Gerontology

October 20-22, 2016
Montreal, Quebec, Canada

The Canadian Association on Gerontology is pleased to announce the Call for Abstracts for CAG2016: Fostering Innovation in Research on Aging, October 20-22, 2016 in beautiful Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  

Join us for Canada’s premier multidisciplinary conference for those interested in individual and population aging.  Abstracts are welcomed from all disciplines and all interests in aging, including research, practice, policy and related work.  International submissions are encouraged.  We are also pleased to offer the CIHR-IA Student Poster Competition and student travel assistance grants.  

Abstracts are due by April 15, 2016.
For more information, including discounted room rates at the Hotel Bonaventure, please visit

CAG2016 is hosted by the Quebec Network for Research on Aging (

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Advocating for Aging Services in a Digital World

posted 01.25.2016

By Julie Sweetland

If you are an advocate for aging issues who is wondering whether it matters if you engage on social media, the answer is yes. If you’re an advocate who is wondering whether it matters how you engage on social media, the answer also is yes. Here’s why, from the perspective of Strategic Frame Analysis, an evidence-based approach to communications on social issues.

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Aging Advocacy and the Older Americans Act

posted 01.25.2016

By William Benson

In 2015, we celebrated policy successes that immeasurably benefit millions of older Americans—the 80th anniversary of Social Security, the 50th anniversaries of Medicare, Medicaid and the Older Americans Act, the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the 5th anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, which among other major policy achievements included enactment of the long-sought Elder Justice Act.

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Yes, Collaboration Can Happen—and Means Better Quality of Life for LTC Residents

posted 01.25.2016

By Brooke Hollister, Molly Davies, Pamela M. Mokler and Carrie Graham

According to one long-term-care (LTC) ombudsman, an LTC resident named Walter was, “... getting his diapers rationed, and if he ran out, then [he was told] he would be left in his soiled diapers. He saved up his personal needs allowance, and, powered by his wheelchair, rode the bus to buy diapers. He had this stash of diapers that he was collecting with his own money.”

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The Administration for Community Living: Programs and Initiatives Providing Family Caregiver Support

posted 01.21.2016

By Greg Link

The Administration for Community Living (ACL)

An operating division within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that includes the following operating components:

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