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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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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Start : 10:00 AM Pacific
End : 11:00 AM Pacific

Walmart Sam's ClubPart of the “Disabilities in Aging: A Future Redesigned” Series, sponsored by Walmart

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Back to the Future: Are Today’s “Livable Communities” Reminiscent of Our Not-Too-Distant Past?

posted 11.17.2015

By Jerry Anthony

By 2030, there will be an estimated 70 million elders in the United States, accounting for about 20 percent of the total population. Given the scale and pace of the greying of America, and because satisfaction with living conditions correlates highly with life satisfaction, housing for this population has become one of the more salient policy issues in America today.

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Taking the Initiative: An Innovative Partnership Program Invests in Age-Friendly Communities—and Makes Them Stronger

posted 11.16.2015

The following is a moderated discussion from September 15, 2015, with John Feather, CEO of Grantmakers in Aging, Emily Allen, Vice President, Foundation Programs with AARP Foundation, Catherine Godschalk, vice president, Investments, for Calvert Foundation and Scott Sporte, chief lending officer for Capital Impact Partners.

Two Gerontologists Debate California’s Assisted Suicide Bill

posted 11.11.2015

By Susan Enguidanos and Anna Rahman

Dr. Susan Enguidanos, a palliative care expert and professor at the University of Southern California Davis School of Gerontology, and Dr. Anna Rahman, a research consultant working with Dr. Enguidanos, engaged in the following email discussion of California’s assisted suicide bill in the month before Governor Jerry Brown signed the bill. Anticipating that more states will eventually pursue similar laws, we—Drs. Enguidanos and Rahman—share our exchange now to illustrate the complex issues such laws raise.

The 2015 White House Conference on Aging: A Lost Opportunity?

posted 11.09.2015

By Beth Baker

I have to admit I was excited to be given a press pass to attend the 2015 Conference on Aging, my first time covering a White House event. But by the end of the seven-hour conference, I felt flat rather than fired up. Having had a couple of months to reflect on the gathering and to hear from others who attended regional conferences, I feel most of all that it was a lost opportunity.

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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Start : 10:00 AM Pacific
End : 11:00 AM Pacific

Part of the Generations Education Series, funded in part by the Archstone Foundation.

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ASA Board Chair Lynn Friss Feinberg to Receive the Paul Nathanson Distinguished Advocate Award

posted 11.04.2015

ASA Board Chair Lynn Friss Feinberg, senior Strategic Policy Advisor with the AARP Public Policy Institute, Washington, D.C., is the Fall 2015 recipient of the Paul Nathanson Distinguished Advocate Award, from Justice in Aging. Feinberg is being honored for bringing an advocate’s spirit to her work on family caregiving issues and for consistently championing the needs of low-income families.

Aging in America General Session

The Future of Community-Based Services for Older Adults and Their Families

Sunday, March 20 | 5:30–6:30 PM

CEU Credits: 1

The Pernicious Problem of Ageism

posted 10.22.2015

By Laura A. Robbins

If you are not already part of a group disadvantaged by prejudice, just wait a couple of decades—you will be. Unlike all other prejudices, ageism is relevant to every person fortunate enough to make it beyond a sixth decade of life. Unlike the attention focused on other prejudices, however, ageism has been poorly studied and rarely confronted. Until recently, little was known about its origins and consequences.

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