How Partners and Funders Collaborate with ASA
The MetLife Foundation has provided annual grants to the American Society on Aging’s MindAlert programs for over eleven years. These programs provide professionals with education and training on brain health and fitness, focusing on current research and innovative programs that help older adults maintain and improve their cognitive and mental abilities. The ASA-MetLife MindAlert Program continues to be a leading professional resource for information on brain health and fitness and has multiple dimensions, including:
The MetLife National Forum on Brain Fitness Programs at the 2010 and 2011 Aging in America Conferences have featured nationally recognized experts. The talks given during the Forums are subsequently available online.
MindAlert webinars, a series that highlights best-practice programs and the latest research, presented in live webcasts. The live webcasts are recorded for subsequent online access, reaching even more professionals.
Inspired by its work with MindAlert, and based on the demand from the field for more evidenced-based information, ASA will soon (summer, 2011) publish an issue of Generations, ASA’s quarterly journal, that will focus on the search for cognitive fitness in later life.
The MindAlert Award recognizes innovative community-based, non-profit programs based on research to maintain cognitive fitness in older adults.
The Archstone Foundation partners with the American Society on Aging to showcase the work of its grantees to a national audience via programs presented during ASA’s annual Aging in America Conference and in ASA’s bi-monthly news and feature publication, Aging Today. Since 2009, the programs featured have included:
The Village Movement: A Model For Building Supportive Communities For Older Adults. What is the “Village Concept”? The importance and benefits of the Village model, a membership-driven, grassroots effort to address current and unfolding challenges facing older adults was covered in this program, presented during the 2011 Aging in America Conference. Attendees learned about the National Village Movement, a Village to Village Network, variations on the models within California and the value in strategic partnerships to its growth, including public policy and funding implications. Additional support for this program was provided by The Scan Foundation
Spirituality: A Dimension of Quality Geriatric And Palliative Care. Spirituality has been recognized as an essential element of geriatric and palliative care. This program, presented during the 2010 Aging in America Conference, addressed the role of spiritual care for older adults living with advanced chronic and/or life-threatening illnesses. Building on recommendations developed in 2009 to improve the quality of patient care, the program presented best practices, spiritual assessment tools and quality improvement efforts.
Elder Abuse and Neglect: Advancing the Field. Elder abuse is a crime without boundaries, crossing all racial, social, class, gender, and geographic lines. According to a study from the University of Chicago, about 13 percent of older Americans are mistreated, most commonly by someone who verbally mistreats or financially takes advantage of them. Attendees at this presentation during the 2009 Aging in America conference were shown how elder abuse and neglect has profound implications for all practitioners, social workers, law enforcement, and policymakers who work with older adults.
Fall Prevention: Translating Knowledge To Action. During this program at the 2009 Aging in America Conference, attendees learned that falls are the leading cause of injury, institutionalization and loss of independence among older adults. Persons at risk may have a history of falling (and fall-related injuries), mobility impairment, problems with balance, low physical activity capacity, and hazardous living environments. Although the risk of falls increases dramatically with age, falls are not an inevitable part of aging. Interventions including risk and medication assessment, physical activity including balance and strengthening exercises, and environmental modifications in the home and the community including use of assistive devices can greatly reduce falls.
Home Instead Senior Care, Inc.
Home Instead Senior Care has teamed up with the American Society on Aging to present a series of web seminars that address pertinent caregiving issues.This family caregiver support webinar series features a variety of topics that will help caregivers navigate the many issues that arise while caring for an older adult. Continuing education is available at no cost to attendees. This series is the ideal opportunity to earn CEUs while gaining valuable information that will help you in your work with older adults—all without leaving your desk.
The Walmart Foundation generously supports the American Society on Aging’s New Ventures in Leadership (NVL) program. Designed to support and promote leadership skills, NVL serves people of color in the field of aging through robust curricula that addresses a number of leadership competencies as well as inclusion of cultural competence content. The Foundation’s 2010 grant allows ASA to support eight NVL Partners during the intense one year program wherein Partners seek out mentors, develop a special project benefitting both their organization and the older adults in their community, and participate in both web-based and in-person learning programs.