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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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How I Became an Old Person in Training

posted 10.22.2015

By Ashton Applewhite

Aging is life itself. That’s what makes it so damn interesting. But you wouldn’t know it from all the hand-wringing on the part of most Americans when it comes to the prospect. “Hey, it beats the alternative,” we mutter reflexively. What does that saying actually mean? The only thing worse than being old is being dead.

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Gauging Aging: How Does the American Public Truly Perceive Older Age—and Older People?

posted 10.20.2015

By Laura A. Robbins

Eight leaders of eight national aging organizations walked into a room. One asked, “Why hasn’t the Older Americans Act been reauthorized?” A second one wondered, “Why aren’t there more funders [in aging], given the country’s demographics?” A third questioned, “Why do so many people think Social Security is an entitlement, not the earned benefit that it is?”

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The Public Policies We Need to Redress Ageism

posted 10.20.2015

By Robert B. Blancato and Meredith Ponder

In our nation, not every person will be a victim of racism. Not every person will be a victim of sexism. However, virtually everyone will have the chance to be a victim of ageism.

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Thursday, December 3, 2015

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21 Opportunities: ASA Managed Care Academy

posted 10.13.2015

The thousands of community-based organizations (CBOs) and area agencies on aging (AAAs) across the United States are the very fabric of the aging network. In terms of home and community-based services, the aging network is the most effective and most passionate provider of services today. But as the network encounters a new era of managed care contracting, it is mission-critical that CBOs and AAAs learn to collaborate as they compete for new resources intrinsic to this new model.

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