October 2017

posted 10.31.2017
By Kathy Greenlee One of the highlights of my seven years of service as U.S. Assistant Secretary for Aging was the op­portunity to travel just about everywhere in the United States, and to visit wonder­ful programs for older adults. One of the more memorable stops was the Los Angeles LGBT Center…
posted 10.31.2017
By Laura K. Byerly, Rebecca T. Brown, Brie A. Williams and Anna Chodos From conducting welfare checks to intervening in behavioral alterca­tions and responding to medical emergencies, police officers provide frontline triage for older adults in dis­tress. However, when police lack under­standing…
posted 10.31.2017
By Bill Benson  The states’ Adult Protective Services (APS) are America’s front-line system of first responders to reports of abuse, neglect and exploitation of frail elders and vulnerable disabled adults. Under the best of circumstances, the daily job of an APS worker is demanding, sometimes…
posted 10.24.2017
ASA’s commitment to culturally aware, diverse leadership programming has spanned decades. In 2014, ASA launched the Leadership Institute and more than 200 bold new leaders have graduated from the program. The 2018 Leadership Institute will take place March 25-29 during the Aging in America…
posted 10.16.2017
ASA Board Chair Bob Blancato and Public Policy Committee Chair Bill Benson sent the following message to ASA members today in response to President Donald Trump's signing of an executive order on Oct. 12, 2017, that gravely jeopardizes health insurance affordability and availability. The American…
posted 10.13.2017
By John C. Robinson The first wave of 76 million “Baby Boomers,” representing 28 percent of the American population, turned 65 in 2011 and they will live longer than any previous generation in history – at least 15 years more than their parents! – creating an entirely new developmental stage of…
posted 10.13.2017
Nearly one in two older Americans is at risk for malnutrition, at an estimated cost of $51.3 billion annually to treat diseases related to the condition. Elder advocates have taken an aggressive stance on eradicating this public health threat.    The 2017 International Association of…
posted 10.10.2017
By Lindsay Clarke Stories about cutting-edge discoveries in biomedical research with the potential to change and save lives crop up almost daily in the news. And the public expects that such break­through treatments will be available and accessible when it needs them. But there is a disconnect…
posted 10.02.2017
By Sara Afayee    Shirley, a woman in her late 80s, lives in rural Bedford County, Penn., and reports that her patient experience at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Bed­ford Memorial Hospital has been unique in that her mental health has been valued at the same level as her…