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ASA’s New Regional Roundtable Series Starts With A Focus on Ageism
posted 06.17.2016

On June 14, 125 members and stakeholders participated in our new ASA Washington DC Regional Roundtable session on Ageism in America. Presenters were John Feather, PhD, CEO of Grantmakers in Aging (GIA) and former ASA Board Chair, and Bob Blancato, MPA, ASA Board Chair and President of Matz, Blancato and Associates.

The presenters shared the results of a national research project on “Reframing Aging” conducted by the Frameworks Institute in Washington, DC. Key findings of the research presented included better understanding how Americans frame the issue of aging, some initial thoughts on more effective communications strategies, and the role of professionals in implementing a long range strategy for change.  Bob Blancato provided an update on the public policy implications and opportunities, including reflections on the upcoming election, legislation that may move forward during the next year, and ways to ensure that aging is a topic of discussion in this political environment.

The Reframing Aging study is the work of the Leaders of Aging Organizations [LAO] eight membership associations including ASA and GIA who collectively serve professionals in aging, philanthropy and older adults. The Frameworks research, and the work of the LAO is supported by a collaborative of funders that make this important work possible, including: the John A. Hartford Foundation, Archstone Foundation, The Atlantic Philanthropies, Endowment for Health, Fan Fox/Leslie R. Samuels Foundation. The Retirement Research Foundation, Rose Community Foundation, and the SCAN Foundation.  The Frameworks research report for Phase I is available online. In addition to thanking our presenters, ASA wishes to thank the Chair of the Washington DC Regional Roundtable Series, Barbara S. Hoenig, who is Senior Consultant, Mature Workers & Workforce Initiatives at CVS Health, for her leadership, and CVS Health for their financial support of the event.  Karyne Jones, ASA Chair-Elect and President and CEO of the National Caucus and Center on Black Aging, hosted the session at the beautiful Samuel J. Simmons NCBA Estates in northwest Washington.  These Roundtable events will be held quarterly and the next program will take place in September, with announcements to follow.

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