April 2020

posted 04.28.2020
By Ann Wyatt and Tena Alonzo Those of us who have worked in the field of aging have long been concerned with how to provide the best care possible for individuals who are frail, ill and in need of help. This concern remains, but our understanding of how to achieve such care continues to evolve,…
posted 04.27.2020
By Kathy Greenlee The specter of thousands of nursing home residents and staff becoming seriously ill and dying from COVID-19 is tearing at my soul. This national tragedy is a disgrace. It should bother all of us profoundly. The suffering we are witnessing and experiencing is untenable. In this…
posted 04.26.2020
Rudimentary forms of telemedicine have existed since the late 1950s, when two-way interactive television was used to transmit neurological exams across campuses for medical students, and similar setups were employed for group psychotherapy consultations. West Health, originally formed as the West…
posted 04.25.2020
The meaning of the word “Society” in ASA’s name goes deeper than Webster’s simplest definition—“a voluntary association of individuals for common ends.” “Society,” to ASA, means community. It means strength through belonging. It means people coming together to connect, respect, support and empower…
posted 04.24.2020
SAN FRANCISCO — Institute on Aging, one of California’s largest nonprofits dedicated to health and community programs for older adults and adults living with disabilities, today announced a partnership with the California Department of Aging (CDA), to expand resources and establish the new …
posted 04.23.2020
By Matt Gontarchick Of the three economic relief bills have been enacted into law since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, two offer key provisions to help older Americans adapt to the unprecedented public health emergency. The Families First Coronavirus Act (H.R. 6201) was enacted into law on…
posted 04.21.2020
Editor's Note: This article first appeared in the Spring 2020 issue of ASA’s quarterly journal, Generations, an issue devoted to the topic “Taking Action Against Elder Mistreatment.” Digital access to this issue and more are available online as part of ASA Open Access during Virtual AiA20. By Kathy…
posted 04.20.2020
Editor’s note: This past January, ASA surveyed its members about what it takes to be a leader in the field of aging, what members would like to learn about how to develop leadership knowledge, skills and abilities, and who best personifies leadership. ASA members identified respected leaders in…
posted 04.19.2020
By Seema Verma Since older Americans are particularly vulnerable to coronavirus (COVID-19), I wanted to let you know the steps we’re taking to help our Medicare beneficiaries cope with the pandemic. We’re warning Medicare beneficiaries that scammers may try to use this emergency to steal their…
posted 04.17.2020
By Robert Espinoza and Jean C. Accius In early April, as the COVID-19 crisis spread across the world, two notable developments took hold. First, the United States became the pandemic’s epicenter, reporting more confirmed cases and deaths than in any other nation. Second, it became clear that black…