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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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What’s Your BiQ

posted 01.14.2014

By Terri Clark

Assisted Living: A Crisis in Care

posted 01.13.2014

By Patricia L. McGinnis

The recent Frontline-ProPublica documentary, Life and Death in Assisted Living, and their October 2013 follow-up investigation, Elderly, At Risk, and Haphazardly Protected, highlighted some of the critical issues faced by assisted living residents across the country. Over the past 20 years, assisted living has been the fastest growing component of long-term care, with approximately 31,000 assisted living communities in the United States now serving nearly 1 million residents.

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Landscapes of Aging: Critical Issues, Emerging Possibilities

Event Date: 
10.16.2014 (All day) - 10.18.2014 (All day)
Time Zone: 
(GMT-05:00) Eastern Time
Event Location
Address 1: 
Sheraton on the Falls
Niagara Falls
Short Description: 

Landscapes of Aging: Critical Issues, Emerging Possibilities

Full Description: 

Call for Abstracts:

CAG2014: Landscapes of Aging

43rd Annual Scientific and Educational Meeting
Canadian Association on Gerontology

October 16-18, 2014, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
Discounted shuttle services available from Buffalo (BUF) and Toronto Pearson (YYZ)!

The Canadian Association on Gerontology (CAG) is pleased to announce the Call for Abstracts for CAG2014: Landscapes of Aging: Critical Issues, Emerging Possibilities.  Abstracts are welcomed from all disciplines and all interests in aging, including research, practice, policy and related work.  International submissions are encouraged.  Join us for a premier multidisciplinary conference in aging in the exciting Niagara Falls, Ontario region!  We’re pleased to provide discounted shuttle services from Buffalo (BUF) and Pearson (YYZ) airports, and Niagara Falls is also easily accessible by car, train and bus!  Abstracts are due April 15, 2014.  

Does Medicare Part D Reduce Disparities in Prescription Drug Use and Spending?

posted 01.12.2014

By Elham Mahmoudi

Medicare Part D is the most important extension to Medicare since the program’s inception. It took effect in January 2006 and makes prescription drug insurance available to all beneficiaries at a reasonable premium. Under Part D, every beneficiary can purchase a drug insurance plan from a range of plans offered by private health insurers, with premium subsidies available to persons with low income and few resources.

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5 Policy Events that Affected Elders in 2013

posted 12.19.2013

1.  Sequestration and Shutdown

Employee Caregiving on the Rise: How Will Employers ReACT?

posted 12.03.2013

By Drew Holzapfel

Employee, family member, caregiver, friend, citizen—we all play multiple roles, and each comes with pressures to deliver the highest quality service. Sometimes those responsibilities require more than a 24-hour day allows, which has implications for not only individuals and families, but also business.

The Employee Caregiver

Merrill Lynch Study Finds Boomers’ Generosity toward Family Members Runs Deep During Times of Need

posted 11.20.2013

Study Explores How Modern Family Interdependencies, Blended Families, Divorce in Later Life, Boomerang Children and Aging Parents Can Affect Retirement

During the last five years, three out of five (62 percent) Americans age 50 and older have provided financial assistance to members of their family, including adult children, parents, grandchildren, siblings or other relatives, according to a new Merrill Lynch study. This is a reminder of the generosity that runs through our culture, and of the importance people place on helping family, especially during challenging times.