Search
Login
ASA is the essential resource to cultivate leadership, advance knowledge, and strengthen the skills of those who work with, and on behalf of, older adults.

Text Resize

Bill Flynn

The Senior Agenda Coalition of Rhode Island
Executive Director
Providence, RI

What drew you to the field of aging or gerontology? 
As a director of a statewide agency focused on reducing poverty among children and families, for many years I shared an office and worked collaboratively with the Rhode Island chapter of the Gray Panthers. I was impressed by their members' energy, fire and dedication to fighting for a better community. I was also amazed by their stories of surviving on very limited incomes. Five years ago, when I had the opportunity to take on my present position organizing seniors to promote "aging in the community" opportunities, I jumped at it.              

What is your specialty or area of interest?
I am focused on empowering people to change policies, laws and programs that will enable seniors to "age in the community" longer and with better quality of life. While I work primarily with seniors and help them develop leaders for this cause, I also engage seniors' families, caregivers, and anyone concerned about having a good quality of life as they age. As a baby boomer I have a very immediate self-interest in this issue, which is always a good thing for a community organizer.

How do ASA's resources and education help you with your work?
As a newcomer to the field of aging, I have relied heavily on the ASA's resources for my education in senior matters. Foremost has been the ASA's Annual Aging in America Conference--I've attended every one since starting this job.  Beyond its superb workshops, plenaries and exhibitors, it has been a fabulous networking venue. It has enabled me to meet 1 on 1 and build relationships with national experts who have been generous with their time and advice. "Generations" is always required reading for me, and ASA Webinars have also been very helpful.

Stay Connected

Follow American Society on Aging on Facebook   Follow American Society on Aging on LinkedIn   Follow American Society on Aging on Twitter   Subscribe eNewsletter   

Events

ASA Washington DC Roundtable - Reforming Advanced Illness and End-of-Life Care: The Way Forward Event Details
34th Annual Adult Protective Services Conference Event Details
33rd Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity 2017 Event Details

Jobs

AgeBlog

posted on 09.19.2017

This latest version may be the most harsh of all the so-called “reform” bills proposed.  Read More

posted on 09.14.2017

Seniors are among the populations most susceptible to the negative impacts of disease-related malnutrition. In fact, the elderly account for the...  Read More