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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.  



Online Learning: ASA members have free access to all web seminars.


Thursday, January 25, 2018

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

Presented by ASA’s Healthcare and Aging Network (HAN) 

ASA Members: Register now for FREE

Not a Member? Join ASA or register for this event for $49

Includes complimentary CEUs*

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

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

Part of the Aging and Disability Business Institute Series—a Collaboration of n4a and ASA.

View the slides here

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Providing Specifically Designed Services for LGBT Elders & Traditional Services Welcoming to All

posted 10.31.2017

By Kathy Greenlee

One of the highlights of my seven years of service as U.S. Assistant Secretary for Aging was the op­portunity to travel just about everywhere in the United States, and to visit wonder­ful programs for older adults.

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Training Police Officers in Elder Awareness Builds Empathy, Improves Interactions

posted 10.31.2017

By Laura K. Byerly, Rebecca T. Brown, Brie A. Williams and Anna Chodos

From conducting welfare checks to intervening in behavioral alterca­tions and responding to medical emergencies, police officers provide frontline triage for older adults in dis­tress. However, when police lack under­standing about conditions affecting older people, situations can end in tragedy.

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A Day in the Life of an APS Worker in Rural America

posted 10.31.2017

By Bill Benson 

The states’ Adult Protective Services (APS) are America’s front-line system of first responders to reports of abuse, neglect and exploitation of frail elders and vulnerable disabled adults.

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Join Leaders at the 2018 ASA Leadership Institute

posted 10.24.2017

ASA’s commitment to culturally aware, diverse leadership programming has spanned decades. In 2014, ASA launched the Leadership Institute and more than 200 bold new leaders have graduated from the program.

ASA Calls for Bipartisan CSR Fix

posted 10.16.2017

ASA Board Chair Bob Blancato and Public Policy Committee Chair Bill Benson sent the following message to ASA members today in response to President Donald Trump's signing of an executive order on Oct. 12, 2017, that gravely jeopardizes health insurance affordability and availability.

Elder Advocates Take Aggressive, Proactive Stance Against Malnutrition

posted 10.13.2017
Nearly one in two older Americans is at risk for malnutrition, at an estimated cost of $51.3 billion annually to treat diseases related to the condition. Elder advocates have taken an aggressive stance on eradicating this public health threat. 

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ASA Chicagoland Roundtable - Aging Policy Now: Where are we now, and where are we going?

Event Date: 
10.27.2017 08:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Time Zone: 
(GMT-06:00) Central Time
Event Location
Address 1: 
1725 W Harrison St
Address 2: 
Searle Conference Center, Elevator II 5th floor 54
Short Description: 

The October Round Table will be an examination of high profile policy issues at the state and national levels.

Full Description: 


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ASA Chicagoland Roundtable - Aging Policy Now: Where are we now, and where are we going?

Friday, October 27, 2017
8:30-10:30 am


Professional Building 
1725 W Harrison St
Searle Conference Center
Elevator II 5th floor 542 Brainard
Chicago, IL 60612

Register Now

The October Roundtable will be an examination of high-profile policy issues at the state and national levels.

We will consider and discuss:
• policy development during an election year,
• the fate of the Affordable Care Act, 
• what happened to the initiative to make the Illinois Community Care Program “Medicaid Only”, 
• will Illinois protect nursing home residents from being involuntary discharged if coming back from a hospital stay,
• the Medicare “guard your card” massive replacement of the Medicare paper cards and numbers, and 
• other important issues you may be following and coming up next year.

Please join us for this discussion and important updates.


Bonnie Ewald
Program Coordinator, Dept of
Social Work and Community Health
Rush University Medical Center 

Bob Gallo
State Director
AARP Illinois

Darby Anderson
Executive Vice President
Chief Development Officer


Registration is free, and requested, to attend. Only complete the application form if you have no record. Otherwise, please log in. For assistance with registration, contact Jutka at 

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2017 Roundtable Schedule:

December 1

All ASA members are welcome at this free event.

 Local contact: Mary Lou Tomecek Baker, 312-942-2053 

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