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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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LGBT and Adult Protection: Considerations When Serving this Population

posted 06.05.2017

By Lois Moorman

Abuse against older adults remains an underreported and growing problem. People of all genders, ages, races, and income levels may become victims of abuse. Those who are abused may live at home or not, in a city, suburb or rural area. They may be abused by a relative or a stranger.

For lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered older adults (LGBT), who are more likely than the general population to live alone and without family support, there are compounded layers of vulnerability to abuse to consider.

Bridge Model National Office Webinar - Healthcare Policy and Trends: Implications for Transitional Care and Social Work Services

Event Date: 
06.13.2017 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Time Zone: 
(GMT-06:00) Central Time
Short Description: 

Healthcare Policy and Trends: Implications for Transitional Care and Social Work Services

Full Description: 
  • Date and Time: Tuesday, June 13th (1-2pm) CST
  • Presenters: Bonnie Ewald, Project Coordinator with Rush University Medical Center, Health and Aging
  • Title: Healthcare Policy and Trends: Implications for Transitional Care and Social Work Services
  • Learning Objectives:
    • Identify federal healthcare reform updates and practice implications for transitional care and social work services. 
    • Recognize how other healthcare trends and federal and state budgets influence transitional care and social work services. 
    • Examine how existing federal policies and priorities have led to actions in population health, specifically in regard to transitional care and social work services. 
  • The Bridge Model National Office is offering 1 Continuing Education (CE) upon participation and return of an on line survey through the Rush University Medical Center Interprofessional Continuing Education Office.
  • Rush University is an approved provider for physical therapy (216.000272), occupational therapy, respiratory therapy, social work (159.001203), nutrition, speech-audiology, and psychology by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation. Rush University designates this live/internet enduring material/enduring material activity for (1) Continuing Education credit(s).
  • Registration is now open, link here!

Bipartisan Elder Justice Caucus Formed

Rep. Peter King (NY) and Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (OR) announced the establishment of a bipartisan Elder Justice Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday, May 25, 2017. ASA Board Chair Bob Blancato, in his role as National Coordinator of the Elder Justice Coalition, applauded this development as well as the introduction by the Caucus co-chairs of H.R. 2639, The Elder Justice Reauthorization Act.

ASA Statement on the 2018 Federal Budget Proposal

The American Society on Aging today called on Congress to abandon the budget proposal submitted by the President yesterday and offer an alternative that spares the deepest cuts in domestic spending in a generation.

ASA Board Chairman Bob Blancato said, “The pure volume of ill-advised program elimination and cuts in this budget is hard to fathom. If adopted as proposed it would guarantee a decade of despair for millions of the most vulnerable Americans of all ages.”

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Is June 15

posted 05.15.2017

Each year, an estimated 5 million older persons are abused, neglected and exploited. Older adults throughout the United States lose an estimated $2.6 billion or more annually due to elder financial abuse and exploitation, funds that they desperately need to pay for basics such as housing, food and medical care. And it is estimated that only about one in five of those crimes are ever reported.

Ethical Caregiving and Protecting Elders

posted 05.09.2017

By Beth Lueders

Many elders are too afraid to speak up about the missing medication, or the yelling, or the unexplained bank withdrawals. It’s hard to come to terms with the fact that a close relative or loved one is actually a conniving bully instead of a dutiful caregiver.

Aging Services Appropriations in the Omnibus Package

posted 05.09.2017

Last week, the House of Representatives and the Senate voted to approve an omnibus appropriations act funding the federal government through the end of September at an overall cost of more than $1 trillion.

White House Proclaims May 2017 Older Americans Month

posted 05.02.2017

On April 28, 2017, President Trump officially declared May 2017 as Older Americans Month. Celebrating Older Americans Month is one way to remind us to keep up advocacy efforts and honor this cohort’s significant accomplishments and contributions to our society.

The Proclamation states: “As we celebrate Older Americans Month, we take the opportunity to thank our seniors and recognize the enormous contributions they make to the Nation. We are blessed to have their presence, their love, and their unmatched perspective for our families.”

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