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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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What the Paradox of Change Means for the Future of Aging Services

posted 07.17.2014

By Robert A. Applebaum

As a researcher studying aging services and long-term care for the past thirty-five years, I continue to be amazed at how the world I study and thought I knew has changed. I often say to audiences when presenting data from our two-decade longitudinal study of Ohio’s longterm services system, “If you would have shown me these data twenty years ago and said this will happen, I would have said, ‘No way.’ ”

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Roadmap to Better Data and Help to Fight Elder Abuse and Neglect

posted 07.11.2014

According to the National Center on Elder Abuse at the Administration on Aging, one in 10 Americans older than age 60 has experienced elder abuse or neglect, and people with dementia are at a higher risk for such abuse. This month the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) developed a new framework to address elder abuse prevention and prosecution.

President Obama Announces His Intent to Nominate Carolyn Watts Colvin as Commissioner of Social Security

On June 20, 2014, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate Carolyn Watts Colvin as Commissioner of Social Security.

President Obama said, “I am grateful for Carolyn’s past service in various roles at the Social Security Administration, and I am confident that she will serve the American people well in her new role. I look forward to working with her in the months and years to come.”

President Obama announced his intent to nominate Carolyn Watts Colvin as Commissioner of Social Security:

5 New Web Seminars in July

posted 06.23.2014

Keep the summer learning going in July with five new web seminars designed specifically for professionals in the field of aging. You can attend one or all five. Plus you can earn up to 4 CEUs at no charge!

ASA's 60 Years in the Field of Aging: Looking Back, Leaning Forward

posted 06.19.2014

As longevity improves, millions of people will experience multiple chronic conditions with implications for the quality of individual independence and aging with dignity. Our challenge as a profession is to understand and embrace evolving approaches, services and products to assist a growing population who will be challenged by limited resources. How will the nation's social fabric and culture change and adapt? What roles and responsibilities will be assumed by our profession?

From the SSA: Three Collaborative Programs to Prevent Elder Financial Exploitation and Two Ways You Can Help

posted 06.10.2014

Sunday, June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, an opportunity to bring attention to the millions of older adults throughout the United States who are abused, neglected and exploited. In preparation for June 15, ASA is posting resources and information for professionals who work with older adults.

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