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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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Disaster Preparedness & Elders: There’s Room for Improvement

posted 04.09.2018

By Lisa M. Brown

During 2017, 15 major natural disasters occurred in the United States. Differences exist be­tween these types of disasters in terms of extent (e.g., timing, duration) and impact (e.g., loss of life, loss of community). The interaction of extent and impact influences how peo­ple prepare for future disasters, how they evacuate and how they experience and recover from such events.
 

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Tax 'Reform' Puts Elders & the Safety Net At Risk

posted 04.09.2018

By Kevin Prindiville

Even a few months into 2018, policymakers, reporters, economists, accountants and ordi­nary Americans are still working to understand the impact of the tax law that Republicans passed in a mad rush at the end of 2017. Little attention, however, is being paid to how the new law affects older adults.
 
The following are three things about the new tax bill that should worry advocates for older adults:
 

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The Perils of Climate Change: A Growing Threat to Older People

posted 04.09.2018

By Kathy Sykes

Carmen McReynolds, 82, was a motorcycle-riding septuagenarian cruising down the back roads of Sonoma County, based at her longtime home on Kilarney Circle [in Santa Rosa]. … Her nephew, Gabriel Coke of San Jose, said she was a trailblazer—who knew her way around a rifle and gave him his first pocket knife—who once considered Joan Baez among her friends,” reported an Oct. 10 article in The Mercury News.
 

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Broke, But Not Broken: Baby Boomers & Their Not-So-Golden Years

posted 04.09.2018

By Elizabeth White

I know you, I know you,” he says, this man I have never seen before. “Aren’t you that woman who’s …” and his voice trails off. I can see he’s searching for just the right word. “Who’s broke,” I say, holding his gaze. His face lights up. “That’s it, that’s right,” he says,” heartily shaking my hand. “I saw you on TV.”
 

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Livable Communities Movement Sparks Passion at March Summit

posted 04.06.2018

By Alison Hood

As ever larger numbers of older people in America approach later life, their preference is to age in place. But this involves considerable challenges: are there adequate services in the community, including healthcare? Are communities “livable,” with safe and affordable housing, efficient and accessible transportation and age-friendly public spaces and buildings?

Maximum Impact Programming: Lessons in Innovation from the AARP Foundation

posted 04.06.2018

By Alison Hood

For five decades, the AARP Foundation has worked to improve the lives of low-income older adults—to end senior poverty and improve well-being and quality of life. It addresses food insecurity, housing, income and social connections, and collaborates with individuals and organizations on innovative solutions and problem-solving.


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In the March–April 2018 issue of Aging Today

posted 03.29.2018

The In Focus Section of the January–February 2018 issue of Aging Today takes on climate change, and its outsized impact on older adults, especially older women. How might we plan better for caregivers and their charges?


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The 2018 Diversity Summit and Data

posted 03.29.2018

By Ty Johnson

Bringing the Aging in America Conference to San Francisco, just a train ride from Silicon Valley, was a deliberate move to enhance the focus on technology this year, which led to a handful of tech experts talking about predictive analytics, or data that can tell the future.

We Can't Wait.

posted 03.29.2018

By Ty Johnson

Wednesday’s General Session, titled “Ending Senior Poverty: Why We Can’t Wait,” included both a pointed call to action from ASA Chair Bob Blancato and a major announcement from Public Policy Chair Bill Benson, but AARP Foundation President Lisa Marsh Ryerson was the one who got everyone out of their seats.

She told a spellbound crowd exactly why #WeCantWait, and the Twitter storm that followed led at least one editor in Lower Manhattan to contact ASA to find out what all the fuss was about.

AgeBlog: The 2018 Reframing Aging Summit

posted 03.28.2018

By Ty Johnson

The Reframing Aging Summit on Tuesday brought together hundreds of aging professionals in the Imperial Ballroom for a talk about how we talk about aging and how deliberate changes in the conversation can reveal the covert ageism that sometimes flies beneath the radar.

The FrameWorks Institute partnered with the American Society on Aging, AARP and other aging organizations in 2014 to begin to reshape the way aging is discussed, from an undue focus on anomalies to a societal perception that aging means decline.

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