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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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The Third Annual Art of Financial Well Being Resource Fair

Event Date: 
11.17.2013 11:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Time Zone: 
(GMT-08:00) Pacific Time
Event Location
Address 1: 
3200 California Street @ Presidio
San Francisco
Short Description: 

Financial Education and Literacy Event - Open to Community

Full Description: 

The Third Annual Art of Financial Well Being Resource Fair

@ The Jewish Community Center of San Francisco


Sunday, November 17, 2013                   11:00 am – 4:00 pm   


  1. Achieve Well Being – the state of being prosperous, healthy, and happy.
  1. Take advantage of valuable resources to help you save money at any age.
  2. Learn financial responsibility through engagement with local businesses and organizations.
  3. 1:1 Financial Planning Sessions.



  • Affordable Care Act
  • Long Term Care Insurance
  • Medicare
  • Social Security
  • Marital and Non Marital Partnerships


Free – Everyone is welcome


Advance registration requested, please call 415.292.1200


For more information, contact Shiva Schulz @ or 415. 292.1260.

Or go to


The Jewish Community Center of San Francisco

3200 California Street @ Presidio


Quick Question: What are you doing this month to raise awareness about Alzheimer's Disease?

posted 09.24.2013

Last week we asked what you were doing to help raise awareness about Alzheimer's Disease for World Alzheimer's Month. Many of those who responded had plans in addition to going purple, joining a Walk to End Alzheimer's and sharing and reading stories that inspire. Here are a few of the responses we received: 

New Ruling Underscores Importance of Homecare Workers

posted 09.20.2013

In a milestone win for a long-fought advocacy battle, on Sept. 17 the Obama Administration announced it was extending a guaranteed minimum wage of $7.25 and overtime pay of time-and-a-half to homecare workers. Live-in domestic workers are exempt from the overtime pay regulation, but must be paid minimum wage for all hours worked.

Fifteen states had already provided such benefits, and six states and the District of Columbia already mandated the state minimum wage for homecare workers. 

Planning in the Age of Alzheimer’s: A Conversation with Beth Kallmyer from the Alzheimer’s Association

posted 09.18.2013

Beth Kallmyer is the vice president of constituent services for the National Alzheimer's Association in Chicago, Ill., and oversees the Association’s many services for people with Alzheimer’s, their families and caregivers. Kallmyer has worked in nonprofits for 20 years and has been with the Association since 2001.

ASA Supports Elder Protection & Abuse Prevention Act

ASA has endorsed the House version of the Elder Protection and Abuse Prevention act introduced to the House today by Rep. Matt Cartwright (D.-Pa.). The announcement from Rep. Cartwright’s office is available here.

ASA Supports Health Equity and Accountability Act

ASA is one of more than 325 national, state and local organizations to have signed on to a recent letter (PDF) to the Congressional Tri-Caucus (comprising the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, the Congressional Black Caucus, and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus), applauding their leadership to eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities and their intent to introduce the Health Equity and Accountability Act to the 113th Congress.

Healthy People 2020: What's in it for Elders?

posted 08.30.2013

By Susan J. Hurt

As a gerontologist and public health practitioner, I know knowledge and self-efficacy can foster a healthier lifestyle. Programs providing solid, accurate information on health and wellness and teaching the necessary skills to achieve that wellness are paramount to our elders’ health. One such helpful program is Healthy People 2020.

Quick Question: How much do you know about Medicare eligibility and coverage?

posted 08.28.2013

Last week we asked how much you know about Medicare eligibility and coverage, and the results suggest that some additonal learning opportunities would be useful. More than 67% of those responding said they knew the basics but needed to learn more, while nearly 25% felt like Medicare was convoluted and confusing and would love to have it simplified. Here are a few of the comments we received: 

You can never know everything about Medicare!

The High Price of HIV: Elders on Disability Insurance Struggle After Age 65

posted 08.22.2013

By Matthew Hamity

While recent advances in HIV treatments have allowed persons with HIV to live longer and experience significantly improved health, these advances also have led to financial complications for elders not expecting to live well into their 60s, 70s and 80s with the disease. Because long-term disability insurance (LTD) ceases at age 65, more and more elders with HIV are forced to survive on meager Social Security payments, resulting in vastly reduced standards of living—even homelessness.

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