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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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First Responders & Dementia

posted 07.30.2018

By Jessica Empeño

Imagine this: You knock on the door of your dad’s bedroom to see if he’s okay. All of a sudden – BANG! – then a sharp pain, and you realize you’ve been shot.

Your dad has dementia. He thought you - his daughter - were an intruder. He grabbed a gun thinking that he needed to protect himself.

What do you do? Do you call 911? Will the police understand he has dementia and he didn’t know what he was doing?  Will he be arrested? 

Regional Networking Events

Regional Networking Events are opportunities for ASA members to meet in person to discuss local trends, projects, initiatives and recent developments in aging. Some topics that have been addressed in the past include: Reframing Aging, Self-care for Professionals in Aging, Livable Communities, What's New in Dementia Resources, Technology and Aging and then local matters like, Aging Policy in Illinois and The Bridge Model. These generally take the form of informal presentations by local experts in aging and/or representatives of the aging population themselves.

President Trump’s Proposal to Cut Housing Benefits Hurts America’s Elders

posted 07.24.2018

By Diane Yentel

Federal investments in affordable housing benefit us all—America’s older adults, their fami­lies and our nation. A growing body of research has found that having a stable, affordable and accessible home with access to supportive services helps older adults with aging in place and maintaining improved health and quality of life, while also reducing healthcare costs and expensive interventions.

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The Migrating, Evolving Age Beat: From Offset to Online

posted 07.17.2018

By Jay Newton-Small

I was winding down the marathon of covering a presidential election in 2016, when I met with my editors at TIME Magazine to discuss what I would cover after the election.
“How about aging?” I suggested. My editors hesitated: How about the White House? Or, at least, politics?
For many legacy news outlets like TIME, diminished profits and shrinking staffs have forced hard decisions and marginalized topics like aging.

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The Impacts of On-Screen Portrayals of Aging: A Detriment to Older Audiences’ Health?

posted 07.17.2018

By Katherine Pieper and Stacy L. Smith

We are in a new age of consumption—media consumption that is. And it transcends demo­graphics. Individuals ages 60 and older represent roughly 20 percent of the U.S. popula­tion. In 2017, elders represented 16 percent of movie-ticket buyers in the United States and Canada, and spent more than 50 hours per week watching television, according to Nielsen.

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Land of the Unequal? Economic, Social Inequality in an Aging America

posted 06.25.2018

Social identities such as race, class, gender, and sexual orientation shape economic and social experience. The Summer 2018 issue of Generations demonstrates how America’s increasing economic and social inequality affects older adults over time.

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