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    Posted 09.19.2017
    ASA Board Chair Bob Blancato and Public Policy Committee Chair Bill Benson have sent a call to action to ASA members concerning the latest effort in the Senate to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The text of the message follows. We call on our members with Republican senators to make…
    Posted 09.07.2017
    By Steve Toll I have been a musician for as long as I can remember. At age 9, I started playing the violin; at 13, I taught myself to play guitar and sing popular songs. I studied with members of the Philadelphia Orchestra and, in 1970, attended Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute of Music. In the…
    Posted 09.07.2017
    By Stacy Canan We often hear that older Americans want to “age in place.” Aging in place means living at home in the community, rather than in an institutional setting, like a nursing facility. This is the choice most people want to make even if they need services and supports to do so. With over…
    Posted 09.07.2017
    By Michelle Seitzer We know dementia impacts all levels of an aging society—the challenges it presents are universal—and therefore should be addressed as a public policy priority by all levels of government, all around the world. Many governments are taking action, but individuals are equally…
    Posted 08.15.2017
    After unanimous confirmation in early August by the U.S. Senate, Lance A. Robertson was officially sworn in on August 11, 2017, as the Assistant Secretary for Aging and the Administrator, Administration for Community Living (ACL), within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS…
    Posted 08.11.2017
    By Alison Hood and Alison Biggar For anyone with a connection to San Francisco, or even much of California during the late 1960s, the 1967 Summer of Love is a vivid reminder of a time when young people not only were idealistic, but also romanticized by older and younger generations. This Summer…
    Posted 08.11.2017
    By W. Andrew Achenbaum The Summer of Love’s epicenter (1967) was the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood, a 25-square­block district of San Francisco. The neighborhood’s Victorian houses, originally built for Irish workers, were in 1967 rented to students and musicians (such as guitarist Jerry Garcia,…
    Posted 08.10.2017
    By Harry R. Moody A few years ago, I had what seemed like a great idea. I began to think seriously about disillusionment, both my own and what it might mean about aging. So I did a bit of research, and put together a poster session on the subject for the Gerontological Society of America’s annual…
    Posted 08.10.2017
    By Stephen M. Golant It is fair to surmise that the 100,000 young people in their late teens and twenties who converged in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury neighborhood to participate in the 1967 Summer of Love were not especially tuned in to how their grandparents were coping with getting old. It…
    Posted 08.09.2017
    By Kimberly D. Acquaviva As a 45-year-old lesbian with friends and family members on both sides of the aisle politically, I have the privilege of hearing a wide array of opinions about Donald Trump’s presidency and its impact on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender non-conforming, queer…