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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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Success with HIV Provides an Opportunity for Leadership

posted 01.31.2012

By Stephen E. Karpiak

HIV & Aging Blog Series

Click below to read additional articles in this series from the LGBT Aging Issues Network.

HIV and Aging: Challenges for the Fourth Decade of HIV

posted 01.31.2012

By Nathan L. Linsk

HIV & Aging Blog Series

Click below to read additional articles in this series from the LGBT Aging Issues Network.

Hunger is not a choice

posted 01.05.2012

By Enid Borden

It seems like life is made up of an ongoing series of choices: from childhood through maturity, we graduate from choosing our favorite toy or color to deciding what career to pursue or to selecting where to invest our hard-earned dollars. At times, it feels as if we’re forced to make difficult decisions at a great cost.

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ASA Chicago Roundtable – The Entitlement Concern: Social Insurance as a Societal Compact

Event Date: 
02.03.2012 08:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Time Zone: 
(GMT-06:00) Central Time
Event Location
Address 1: 
Rush University Medical Center
Address 2: 
Room 994 Armour Academic Center, 600 S Paulina St
Short Description: 

The Entitlement Concern: Social Insurance as a Societal Compact

Full Description: 

ASA Chicago Roundtable – The Entitlement Concern:  Social Insurance as a Societal Compact

This session is a discussion of national and local concerns about the costs of providing benefits to older persons.  The United States has several major Social Insurance Programs.  Current discussion has not represented Social Security and Medicare in the context of how individuals pay and receive promised benefits.   Two Chicago-based members of the National Academy for Social Insurance will lead a discussion with the audience on the Programs, Goals, Status, Public Support and Threats to remarkably successful and accessible programs that older persons rely upon.

Barb Otto, Executive Director, Health and Disability Advocates
Fay Lomax Cook, Professor of Human Development & Social Policy and Political Science, Director and Faculty Fellow, Institute for Policy Research, Northwestern University

Moderated byJon Lavin, President & CEO, AgeOptions and ASA Board Member

The Aging Policy Agenda: Are We Framing It—Or Being Framed?

posted 12.27.2011

By Robert B. Hudson

One of the least recognized but most profound developments in recent politics surrounding aging is that after half a century spent getting aging-related items on the public policy agenda, advocates find themselves now trying to steer clear. This is a function of fundamental changes in the nation’s larger political landscape, and new (and often misleading) understandings about the well-being of today’s older population. Context and construction both have contributed to this agenda transformation.

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Brief finds California Caregivers Under Serious Stress: Can the ACA Help?

posted 12.21.2011

By Athan Bezaitis

The Brief—in Brief

The following are some key findings from Stressed and Strapped:

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Goodbye to the New Deal? Advocacy in a New (Dazed and Confused) Age

posted 12.21.2011

By Larry Minnix

It all started with the New Deal, which knitted the safety net for the Great Society. The former laid the foundation for income security during retirement and in the event of job loss. The latter added healthcare for elders, people with disabilities and the poor. These programs’ existence reflected the values-based policy decision that vulnerable Americans are entitled to our collective support.

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Networking and Special Events

Inspiration doesn't just happen in breakout sessions; there are many exciting opportunities at AiA16 to connect with nearly 3,000 peers and thought leaders who, like you, are dedicated to working to improve the quality of life for older adults.

We have lots of fun opportunities planned for you to  mix, mingle, and meet with acclaimed speakers and passionate attendees. And, trust us, you won't want to miss this year's final night reception!

Join us for any or all of the following events:

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ASA’s Constituent Group Programs are multi-session programs within the conference that are organized around a specific topic. You can attend the entire program or individual sessions. They are included in your registration fee and do not require pre-registration.

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