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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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Seeking help to ensure LGBT elders have access to spousal social security protections across the nation

A number of LGBT and aging organizations have been advocating with the Social Security Administration to ensure that the Supreme Court Windsor decision striking down Section 3 of DOMA will bring access to Social Security benefits for as many lesbian and gay spouses as possible throughout the nation. Currently, claims for Social Security benefits filed by same-sex spouses and surviving spouses are being put on “hold” and are not being processed by Social Security offices in states that deny legal recognition to same-sex relationships.

Straight Talk on Aging as a Transgender Person

posted 05.08.2014

By Helen Bonser

On March 11, 2014, Helen Bonser, founding parent of PFLAG Spokane and long-time supporter of transgender individuals, spoke with Michelle Burdick following a PFLAG meeting in Spokane, Wash. Burdick relates common issues in aging as a transgender individual: a lack of needed service providers; her comfort level with being transgender; stereotyping by medical personnel; and retirement issues. Here are Michelle’s comments in her own words:

Advocates Show Passion and Commitment at the National Forum on Elder Justice

posted 05.05.2014

We’ve come a long way in our advocacy and support for elder justice,” said Kathy Greenlee, administrator, Administration for Community Living, and Assistant Secretary for Aging, at the 2014 Aging in America Conference’s March 14 National Forum on Elder Justice. Just a week prior to the conference, $25 million was dedicated to Adult Protective Services (APS) in President Obama’s budget, so “we must support that,” said Greenlee.

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Eisner Prize for Intergenerational Excellence

The Eisner Foundation is partnering with for this year's Eisner Prize for Intergenerational Excellence. For full details visit the Eisner Foundation's announcement or follow @EisnerFound on Twitter.

Give Your Input on a Proposed Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Family Support

The National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation seeks input from aging and disability stakeholders for a new Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Family Support. The Notice of Proposed Priority is posted in the Federal Register. The deadline to submit comments is April 23, 2014.

Photo Challenge: What are you up to today?

posted 03.27.2014

Whether you work directly with older adults, oversee research, teach or offer trainings, manage organizations that provide services or products geared toward our aging society, or are engaged in one of the myriad of other roles that the multidisciplinary membership of ASA take on, we want to know how you spend your day. And a picture says a thousand words, right?

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