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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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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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Will immigration reform address our need for eldercare workers?

posted 08.22.2013

By Guillermo Cantor

In an historic vote on June 27, 2013, the U.S. Senate passed sweeping legislation to overhaul the immigration system. Known as the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act” (S. 744), the bipartisan measure now awaits passage in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives.

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Strange Partnerships: Bringing Together New Resources to Meet Critical Community Needs

Event Date: 
09.27.2013 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Time Zone: 
(GMT-08:00) Pacific Time
Short Description: 

Part of the “Conversations with GIA,” Series, sponsored by Grantmakers in Aging.

Full Description: 

Unusual ‘bedfellows’—Caesars Foundation and the Meals on Wheels Association of America—will share why they are a match made in heaven, dispel the top myths about senior hunger in America, and discuss what they are doing to address an issue about which we should all care deeply.  Learn about how innovative partnerships such as this are transforming long established safety net programs at the local and national levels.

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