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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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A Helping Hand in the Voting Booth: Helping Older Adults Navigate Voter ID Laws in their Home States

posted 03.10.2015

By Erin McKee

As of 2014, laws requiring voters to present some form of identification are in place in the majority of US states. Laws that require voters to present a current government-issued photo ID before voting are the most restrictive of these. States continue to consider additional requirements and to make changes to existing voter ID requirements at a rapid pace.

Impact on Older Adults

Social and Health Disparities in America’s Aging Population

posted 02.26.2015

This Winter 2014−15 issue of Generations addresses the issue of how our nation’s social and health disparities persist despite decades of work by community practitioners to solve them, and how a climate of continuing economic uncertainty is proving challenging to the creation and longevity of programs and services essential for helping at-risk members of minority communities.


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Upcoming WHCOA Regional Forums

The White House Conference on Aging is continuing a series of regional forums to engage with older Americans, their families, caregivers, leaders in the aging field, and others on the key issues affecting older Americans. The forums are designed to help provide input and ideas for the 2015 White House Conference on Aging, which will be held in Washington, DC later this year.

Closing the Disparity Gap Requires an Integrated Response from Policy, Research, and Programs

posted 02.23.2015

By Jeanette Takamura

Enacted in 1965 before the Social Security Act amendments established Medicare and Medicaid, the Older Americans Act (OAA) declared a national rights-based commitment to the “inherent dignity” of older Americans. Title I of the OAA calls upon federal, state, and local governments and tribes to enable a good quality of life for older persons in their later years (AOA, n.d.). To realize its vision, the OAA relies upon the ingenuity and resourcefulness of the nationwide aging network.


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Evaluating Vulnerable Populations for Capacity

posted 02.23.2015

By Amy S. Friday

Adults in the United States are generally assumed to function independently. Unless shown to suffer from a condition known to undermine independence, we understand that adults hold privileges such as the right to enter into legal contracts and the right to make decisions for her or his own person and property. We acknowledge an adult’s ability to choose and control personal finances, wills and other legal decisions, independent living circumstances, medical decisions, driving functions and sexual relations.

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