May 2020

posted 05.30.2020
Age offers no immunity to racism and violence. In just the past few weeks, we’ve seen how more young people of color fear for their lives while bird-watching or jogging in a park. A disproportionate number of youths of color live in communities where the environment is shortening their lifespans,…
posted 05.29.2020
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 05.29.2020
By Marie C. Gualtieri While many Americans are entering the first phase of loosened stay-at-home orders, there are homebound older adults for whom stay-at-home orders are always in effect, every day, 24/7. As our nation’s population at large has discovered, staying in presents challenges,…
posted 05.27.2020
Today ASA announced its restructuring and programmatic initiatives that will create a stronger and more impactful organization that will continue to empower the field of aging for another 66 years.  ASA remains committed to ensuring that we are positioned to be your resource, guide and partner in…
posted 05.26.2020
America is becoming more aware of its aging population, and is evolving to be more “age-friendly.” But our nation’s older adults who fall prey to elder abuse remain largely unrecognized and uncared for. Why? Older people experiencing elder mistreatment are much less likely to seek help due to…
posted 05.22.2020
Faced with the outsized impact of the COVID-19 virus upon the Navajo Nation, this past April the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), sent a team of healthcare workers (seven physicians and 14 nurses) to Arizona and New Mexico to work with Diné struck by the disease. The University has a…
posted 05.21.2020
By Matt Gontarchick On May 21, the Senate Special Committee on Aging held a hearing entitled, “Caring for Seniors Amid the COVID-19 Crisis” during which members and witnesses discussed the pandemic’s impact on long-term care facilities as well as recommendations to improve safety for residents,…
posted 05.21.2020
This month ASA has joined the Elder Justice Coaltion, the National Adult Protective Services Association, and AARP in supporting the Protecting Seniors from Emergency Scams Act, introduced in the Senate by Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Jerry Moran (R-KS). “Our members in states and cities…
posted 05.21.2020
By Toby S. Edelman In 2018, Skyline Healthcare collapsed. The New Jersey–based company had owned and managed a handful of nursing facilities until 2016 or 2017, when it rapidly expanded and began to manage facilities across the country. Primarily these were facilities that large nursing home chains…
posted 05.20.2020
By Paul Greenwood "Why did you not tell anyone after discovering that you had been defrauded?” was a ques­tion I asked many victims during my 22-year tenure as head of San Diego County’s Elder Abuse Prosecution Unit at the San Diego District Attorney’s office. The answer was eerily consistent. “I…