July 2014

posted 07.29.2014
Older Americans can't wait any longer for Congress to reauthorize the Older Americans Act! You can help by taking 5 minutes to reach out to your Senator and Representative about the importance of the OAA to seniors in your state and district. Find your Senator and Representative.  The American…
posted 07.28.2014
By Juanita Bacsu  Rural older adults often desire to age in place, yet few studies identify ways to improve aging in rural communities. A team of researchers at the Universities of Saskatchewan and Regina interviewed approximately 40 rural seniors about what actions they thought supported healthy…
posted 07.24.2014
With thanks to our sponsors, partners and donors, we are able to offer EIGHT free web seminars in August, including up to 7 complimentary CEUs! The August webinars cover a variety of topics, from aging services to brain health to home safety to aging in community to intergenerational programs.…
posted 07.24.2014
The video below has been making the rounds on Facebook recently and here at ASA we couldn't help but be struck by what a terrific example it is of the benefits of aging in community! Perhaps, in the future these videos won't "go viral" on social media, as more and more communities adapt to…
posted 07.23.2014
As it approaches fifty years, the aging network, born from the Older Americans Act of 1965, is at a critical juncture. With the incredible growth of the older population one might have thought that these would be the boom years for those with vast experience in delivering aging services. Instead,…
posted 07.23.2014
By Alan S. Rosenfeld and Linda Donoghue The Older Americans Act (OAA) is about to qualify for an AARP membership card. Such a milestone demands reflection. Whether reviewing the past fifty years from the perspective of a policy analyst, policy maker, regulator, direct-care provider, manager, or…
posted 07.22.2014
By Jung Kwak and Larry J. Polivka Our long-term-care (LTC) system should be an asset in our efforts to build strong local and regional communities for everyone, regardless of age or disability. To achieve this goal, we need to have a serious national conversation and debate about LTC policy. Such…
posted 07.22.2014
By Robert B. Blancato and Meredith Ponder Symbolic milestones to celebrate in the year 2015 include the fiftieth anniversaries of the enactment of three landmark laws: the Older Americans Act, Medicare, and Medicaid. From the outset, the Older Americans Act (OAA) was intended to lay out the…
posted 07.22.2014
By Robyn I. Stone The aging services network was developed almost half a century ago, when we were a relatively youthful country, with the Older Americans Act in 1965 providing a framework for this initial development. As the Act reaches its half-century mark, the network is reshaping its roles…
posted 07.21.2014
By W. Andrew Achenbaum and L. Christian Carr The foundations of aging services in the United States go back many centuries. The Elizabethan Poor Law, enacted in England in 1601, provided the intellectual foundations for aging services in the American colonies (Trattner, 1998). Kin offered support…