October 2017

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 10.16.2017
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
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…