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

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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.

Webinar: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Healthy Brain Initiative: Advancing Cognitive Health as a Vital Component of Public Health

Event Date: 
09.19.2013 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Time Zone: 
(GMT-08:00) Pacific Time
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Presented by MindAlert

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The roles and contributions of public health in advancing cognitive health and impairment are being established since Congress began funding CDC in 2005 to create the Healthy Brain Initiative. An initial public health Road Map, The Healthy Brain Initiative: A National Public Health Road Map to Maintaining Cognitive Health (2007), jointly produced by CDC and the Alzheimer’s Association, provided guidance and served as a catalyst for numerous accomplishments on the part of multiple stakeholders. The release of the report, CDC Healthy Brain Initiative Progress 2006-2011, documents CDC’s contributions to promoting public health surveillance; supporting environmental strategies and policies; advancing communications; and guiding applied prevention research. In July 2013, a second publication in the Road Map series was released, The Healthy Brain Initiative: The Public Health Road Map for State and National Partnerships, 2013–2018. The 2013 Road Map highlights actions that state and local public health along with their national, state and local partners can do to promote cognitive health and support individuals with cognitive impairment and their care partners. This ASA Mind Alert session will focus on CDC’s Healthy Brain Initiative’s progress, including establishment of Healthy People 2020 objectives, public health surveillance data on self-reported cognitive decline among adults aged 60 or older in 21 states, and action items in the 2013 Road Map resulting from a concept mapping process involving over 280 stakeholders.

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

Friday, September 27, 2013

11:00 AM Pacific / 12:00 PM Mountain
1:00 PM Central / 2:00 PM Eastern

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Healthy Brain Initiative: Advancing Cognitive Health as a Vital Component of Public Health

Thursday, September 19, 2013

10:00 AM Pacific / 11:00 AM Mountain
12:00 PM Central / 1:00 PM Eastern

LCAO Ways & Means Comments on Medicare

The Leadership Council of Aging Organizations (LCAO) has sent a Chair's Letter to members of the Subcommittee on Health of the Ways and Means Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives. The letter (PDF) was written to express strong opposition to Medicare policy proposals to increase Part B and D premiums for select Medicare beneficiaries, to increase the Part B deductible, and to introduce a home health copayment.


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Quick Question: How do you protect your clients and loved ones from scams that target older adults?

posted 08.12.2013

Last week we asked how you protect your clients and loved ones from scams that target older adults. The responses we received overwhelmingly emphasized the importance of education, spreading information to elders and their caregivers, and immediately reporting suspected to scams to local law enforcement, the Better Business Bureau and local banks. 

Social Security Administration Begins Processing Claims for Married, Same-Sex Couples

posted 08.12.2013

By Holly Deni

The Social Security Administration invited LGBT advocates from across the country to participate in a conference call on Friday, August 9th to exchange ideas on how best to get the word out about Social Security's implementation of the Windsor/Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) decision. Before the Supreme Court's historic decision, same-sex partners were not eligible for spousal or family benefits from Social Security.

Book Review: Design for the Ages

posted 08.08.2013

Universal Design as a Rehabilitation Strategy: Design for the Ages
By Jon A. Sanford
© 2012 Springer Publishing Company, LLC New York

Reviewed by Mary Beth Caruso

“Universal design is about design for all people with all types and levels of abilities,” says Jon A. Sanford, M.Arch, setting the tone for his new book focused not on disabilities and how they impact or are impacted by the environment, but on designs that improve the environment for everyone, including those with challenges accessing their surroundings.