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    Posted 10.22.2018
    By Amy Herr and Amy Berman After Phyllis Benning, 66, suffered several strokes that left her unable to walk, she thought she might spend the rest of her life in a nursing home. She was able return to her home—and walk again—with the help of a Chattanooga, Tennessee-based Program of All-Inclusive…
    Posted 07.26.2018
    By John Robinson For most of our evolution, humans knew aging as painful and progressive decline. Coping with the inevitable scourge of senescence, we were, sometimes at least, treated more respectfully by family, strangers and society (i.e., dismissed as real equals). Eventually, however, all…
    Posted 06.14.2018
    By Murray D. Scheel As people age, they face the challenge of planning for the possibility that in the future they may have diminished or non-existent mental capacity to manage finances, healthcare and other personal care. Many states and jurisdictions offer individuals the ability to appoint an…
    Posted 04.04.2018
    By Martha Flumenbaum At the Aging in America conference, I met lawyers who do elder law and estate planning, lobbyists who advocate on behalf of older adults, professors of gerontology, doctors, nurses, social workers, case managers, psychologists, physical therapists, physiologists, yoga…
    Posted 03.15.2018
    ASA’s Board Chair Bob Blancato, Chair-Elect Karyne Jones, and CEO Bob Stein today condemned remarks offered by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke during testimony to the Senate Energy and National Resources Committee on Tuesday. As reported in The Hill, Zinke said "When you give discounted or free…
    Posted 03.05.2018
    By Walter D. Dawson and John Cutler Developments in the acceptance of Medicare as part of the long-term services and supports system have taken place in recent weeks. The CHRONIC legislation (S.870) was incorporated into the Bipartisan Budget Act and signed into law on February 9. Just as…
    Posted 02.16.2018
    By Bob Blancato and Karyne Jones The community of the American Society on Aging expresses its deep condolences to the families of the 17 students killed Wednesday in Parkland, Florida. We also mourn for the Parkland community whose psyche was ravaged by this horrific tragedy. We are alarmed at…
    Posted 02.14.2018
    ASA leadership firmly rejected President Trump’s 2019 budget proposal today, denouncing the bleak vision of the future envisioned by a budget that would mean even further erosion in standards of living for tens of millions of vulnerable and low-income Americans. Over the next ten years, the…
    Posted 11.03.2017
    The tax legislation released yesterday by the House Ways and Means Committee, dubbed the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,” falls far short of an equitable and economically sensible proposal, and ASA joins numerous national organizations in opposing the bill as presented. ASA Board Chair Bob Blancato said…
    Posted 09.26.2017
    ASA Board Chair Bob Blancato and Public Policy Committee Chair Bill Benson sent the following message to ASA members today welcoming the news that the latest and least acceptable effort to replace the Affordable Care Act will not move foward. The American Society on Aging welcomes the announcement…