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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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Keeping Up the Fight: A Conversation with Our Bodies, Ourselves Co-Founder Norma Swenson

posted 06.16.2017

By Alison Biggar

Norma Swenson embodies values of the quintessential baby boomer—she’s steeped in activism, especially around women’s rights and equality—but, at age 85, she belongs to the Silent Generation. Her childhood years, set in a time when girls’ education was valued and of superior quality, formed what is a key part of her lifelong message and current belief: that education determines a person’s place in life and, through education, we can help break down walls of inequality.


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Labor Market Discrimination: A Bleak Outlook for Older Women

posted 06.14.2017

By Teresa Ghilarducci and Kyle Moore

Older women face worse age discrimination than men in the labor market. Call it intersectionality (the intersection of age and sex discrimination) or call it more of the same—whatever the name, the reality is that older women get paid less for their experience and education than men, and older women have a more difficult time finding work if they are unemployed.


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Where Do Older Adults Fit in the Evolution of Civil Rights in America?

posted 06.14.2017

By E. Percil Stanford and Edgar E. Rivas

To comprehend the status of older women, minorities and LGBTQ people in the United States, it is essential to understand the evolution of civil rights in this country. It began with indigenous people, and in 1776, the injection of slavery foreshadowed a new ethos. The Naturalization Act of 1790 stipulated that only ”free white persons” could become citizens. The Civil War triggered the abolition of slavery and the genesis of civil rights.


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Abuse of Transgender Elders

posted 06.05.2017

By Loree Cook-Daniels

Thanks to the Archstone Foundation’s 1997 groundbreaking conference, “Understanding and Combating Elder Abuse in Minority Communities,” followed in 1999 by Toshio Tatara’s book, Understanding Elder Abuse in Minority Populations, elder abuse professionals began to understand that elder abuse has a cultural context.

LGBT and Adult Protection: Considerations When Serving this Population

posted 06.05.2017

By Lois Moorman

Abuse against older adults remains an underreported and growing problem. People of all genders, ages, races, and income levels may become victims of abuse. Those who are abused may live at home or not, in a city, suburb or rural area. They may be abused by a relative or a stranger.

For lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered older adults (LGBT), who are more likely than the general population to live alone and without family support, there are compounded layers of vulnerability to abuse to consider.

Bridge Model National Office Webinar - Healthcare Policy and Trends: Implications for Transitional Care and Social Work Services

Event Date: 
06.13.2017 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Time Zone: 
(GMT-06:00) Central Time
Short Description: 

Healthcare Policy and Trends: Implications for Transitional Care and Social Work Services

Full Description: 
  • Date and Time: Tuesday, June 13th (1-2pm) CST
  • Presenters: Bonnie Ewald, Project Coordinator with Rush University Medical Center, Health and Aging
  • Title: Healthcare Policy and Trends: Implications for Transitional Care and Social Work Services
  • Learning Objectives:
    • Identify federal healthcare reform updates and practice implications for transitional care and social work services. 
    • Recognize how other healthcare trends and federal and state budgets influence transitional care and social work services. 
    • Examine how existing federal policies and priorities have led to actions in population health, specifically in regard to transitional care and social work services. 
  • The Bridge Model National Office is offering 1 Continuing Education (CE) upon participation and return of an on line survey through the Rush University Medical Center Interprofessional Continuing Education Office.
  • Rush University is an approved provider for physical therapy (216.000272), occupational therapy, respiratory therapy, social work (159.001203), nutrition, speech-audiology, and psychology by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation. Rush University designates this live/internet enduring material/enduring material activity for (1) Continuing Education credit(s).
  • Registration is now open, link here!

Bipartisan Elder Justice Caucus Formed

Rep. Peter King (NY) and Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (OR) announced the establishment of a bipartisan Elder Justice Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday, May 25, 2017. ASA Board Chair Bob Blancato, in his role as National Coordinator of the Elder Justice Coalition, applauded this development as well as the introduction by the Caucus co-chairs of H.R. 2639, The Elder Justice Reauthorization Act.

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.”

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