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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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Can We Talk? Clinicians, Patients Must Communicate to Build Better Care

posted 10.31.2011

By Joanne Lynn

America has a healthcare system that ably treats sudden threats to life, prevents many illnesses and cures much of what ails us. But that system cannot reliably and efficiently support us when we live with serious chronic illnesses and disabilities—a scenario that is now a predictable part of the end of life.

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Protecting LGBT Elders’ Benefits in a Post-DOMA World

posted 10.31.2011

By Daniel Redman, Gerald A. McIntyre and John R. Unruh

For lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) elders with same-sex partners, the denial of federal spousal benefits can have devastating financial consequences. The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), passed in 1996, currently bars same-sex couples from accessing benefits they would be entitled to receive if they were in opposite-sex marriages. But several legal challenges are progressing through the courts, and many experts believe DOMA could fall within the next few years.

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Sedating Our Elders: Beneficial Treatment or Mistreatment?

posted 10.31.2011

By Victor Molinari and Laurence G. Branch

Mrs. M. is an 82-year-old Florida widow with two married children living in other states. A petite woman who has always had a pleasant, outgoing personality, she likes walking to keep fit. For the past five years, though, she has resided in assisted living and exercises less. She has had three chronic conditions, including Parkinson’s disease, for many years, and is being treated with medications prescribed by a specialist.

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Riding the Age Wave

posted 10.31.2011

Gerontologist Ken Dychtwald believes that “the 21st century will be ruled by the old.”

In “Riding the Age Wave: How Health Care Can Stay Afloat,” from the October, 2011, issue of Caring magazine, he lays out a primer on the impacts of the longevity revolution and modern aging, including:

November is National Family Caregiver Month

posted 10.27.2011

Let’s survey the caregiving facts:

More than 65 million people in the United States provide care for chronically ill, disabled or aged family members or friends during any given year.

Those 65 million people spend 20 hours a week providing that care.

That care is valued at $375 billion a year, which is almost twice as much as is spent on homecare and nursing home services combined.

The Elder Justice Act Is Unfinished Business

posted 10.17.2011
By Bob Blancato It has been a year-and-a-half since the passage of the Elder Justice Act (EJA), the most comprehensive federal elder abuse prevention law in history. Yet passage alone means nothing unless it is adequately funded and properly implemented. The reality of elder abuse is all around us, and provided motivation to pass the law in 2010. But the extent of the problem only grows with...

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ASA Identified by Experts as a Top Nonprofit Working in the Field of Aging in the U.S.

posted 10.17.2011

In October 2011, we were honored to learn that a group of 88 experts identified American Society on Aging (ASA) as 1 of 13 high-impact nonprofits working in the field of aging in the U.S. Some of reviews experts had about our impact were:

“ASA has been the leading organization on aging services for over 50 years.”

“ASA is a great place to discuss any issues about aging with not only practioners but also researchers.”

First National Convening Looks at the Needs of LGBT Elders of Color

posted 10.05.2011

On October 12–13, 2011, GRIOT Circle, in collaboration with the POC Committee of the Leadership Council of ASA’s LGBT Aging Issues Network (LAIN), will bring together national leaders in aging for a first National Convening of its kind: highlighting the needs and concerns of LGBT elders of color, an historically and currently underserved population.

Helping Dentists to Detect Elder Abuse: A Curriculum Design Project

posted 09.29.2011
By Melanie Gironda Approximately 75 percent of all physical violence results in injuries to the head, neck, and-or mouth areas of the body, clearly visible to a dental team during exams. Yet among healthcare clinicians, dental providers are the least likely to report suspected abuse, according to a 1994 article by Virginia Tilden in the American Journal of Public Health. Changes in medical p...

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