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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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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.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

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

Sponsored by The National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association

Register now for FREE

Includes complimentary CEUs*


ASA Leadership Responds to Interior Secretary Blaming Elderly for National Park Fee Increases

posted 03.15.2018

ASA’s Board Chair Bob Blancato, Chair-Elect Karyne Jones, and CEO Bob Stein today condemned remarks offered by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke during testimony to the Senate Energy and National Resources Committee on Tuesday.

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ASA Washington, DC Roundtable - Ending Ageism & Reframing Aging - Your Role as an Advocate

Event Date: 
04.18.2018 08:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Time Zone: 
(GMT-05:00) Eastern Time
Event Location
Address 1: 
2801 14th Street, NW
Address 2: 
Community Room
Short Description: 

ASA Washington, DC Roundtable - Ending Ageism & Reframing Aging - Your Role as an Advocate

Full Description: 

ASA Washington, DC Roundtable - Ending Ageism & Reframing Aging - Your Role as an Advocate

Wednesday, April 18, 2018
8:30 am – 10:30 am


Community Room
Samuel J. Simmons NCBA Estates
2801 14th Street, NW
Washington, DC
This location is two blocks from the Columbia Heights Metro Station - Green Line

Our April 18 Greater Washington Roundtable program will feature a presentation by Bob Stein, President & CEO of the American Society on Aging. This collaborative, two-year project of the Frameworks Institute in Washington, DC, ASA and seven other aging organizations [*], reaffirmed that as Americans live longer and healthier lives, it's essential that society adjust both its attitudes toward aging and its systems that support and shape wellbeing in later life.  

Understanding this, ASA partnered with seven peer organizations, nine forward-thinking funders [**], and the FrameWorks Institute [***] to figure out how to reframe aging. The findings and recommendations are now available to the field in a new toolkit, Gaining Momentum.  Bob will share the results and describe how to start working with Gaining Momentum Toolkit, which is available without cost to the field, thanks to the financial support of our nine funders. You can find these resources here:

In our youth-obsessed culture, aging is primarily understood as a personal fate to avoid, not a social issue that demands a public response. The Toolkit, training videos and web seminars have been designed to help advocates, like you, change the conversation on aging, trigger public thinking towards sparking dialogue, shift perceptions, and build support for necessary policy changes.


Barbara S Hoenig, MPH

Senior Consultant to CVS Health
Mature Workers & Workforce  Initiatives
Chair, ASA Business Forum on Aging 
and Washington, DC Roundtable


Bob Stein, CAE, MBA
American Society on Aging


* COLLABORATING ORGANIZATIONS: The American Society on Aging, American Federation for Aging Research, The American Geriatrics Society, AARP, Grantmakers in Aging, The Gerontological Society of America, National Hispanic Council on Aging, and the National Council on Aging. 

** FUNDERS PROVIDING GENEROUS SUPPORT FOR THE PROJECT INCLUDE: The Retirement Research Foundation, Archstone Foundation, The Atlantic Philanthropies, Endowment for Health, The John A. Hartford Foundation, Rose Community Foundation, the Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, and The SCAN Foundation. 



All ASA members and individuals interested in ASA membership are welcome at this free event.

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