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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Financial Education and Literacy Event - Open to Community
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
Free – Everyone is welcome
Advance registration requested, please call 415.292.1200
For more information, contact Shiva Schulz @ firstname.lastname@example.org or 415. 292.1260.
Or go to www.jccsf.org/fwb
The Jewish Community Center of San Francisco
3200 California Street @ Presidio
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:
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.
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 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.
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.
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!
All About HIPAA: A Resource List
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.