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ASA Slams Age-Unfriendly Senate Healthcare Bill

posted 06.23.2017

The American Society on Aging today strongly criticized the just-released Senate health bill to repeal/replace the Affordable Care Act calling it “unfriendly and unfair to all ages.”

ASA encourages members and others who are concerned with the well-being of older people to let their Senators know that this bill should not be passed.

Keeping Up the Fight: A Conversation with Our Bodies, Ourselves Co-Founder Norma Swenson

posted 06.16.2017

By Alison Biggar

Norma Swenson embodies values of the quintessential baby boomer—she’s steeped in activism, especially around women’s rights and equality—but, at age 85, she belongs to the Silent Generation. Her childhood years, set in a time when girls’ education was valued and of superior quality, formed what is a key part of her lifelong message and current belief: that education determines a person’s place in life and, through education, we can help break down walls of inequality.


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Labor Market Discrimination: A Bleak Outlook for Older Women

posted 06.14.2017

By Teresa Ghilarducci and Kyle Moore

Older women face worse age discrimination than men in the labor market. Call it intersectionality (the intersection of age and sex discrimination) or call it more of the same—whatever the name, the reality is that older women get paid less for their experience and education than men, and older women have a more difficult time finding work if they are unemployed.


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Where Do Older Adults Fit in the Evolution of Civil Rights in America?

posted 06.14.2017

By E. Percil Stanford and Edgar E. Rivas

To comprehend the status of older women, minorities and LGBTQ people in the United States, it is essential to understand the evolution of civil rights in this country. It began with indigenous people, and in 1776, the injection of slavery foreshadowed a new ethos. The Naturalization Act of 1790 stipulated that only ”free white persons” could become citizens. The Civil War triggered the abolition of slavery and the genesis of civil rights.


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Abuse of Transgender Elders

posted 06.05.2017

By Loree Cook-Daniels

Thanks to the Archstone Foundation’s 1997 groundbreaking conference, “Understanding and Combating Elder Abuse in Minority Communities,” followed in 1999 by Toshio Tatara’s book, Understanding Elder Abuse in Minority Populations, elder abuse professionals began to understand that elder abuse has a cultural context.

LGBT and Adult Protection: Considerations When Serving this Population

posted 06.05.2017

By Lois Moorman

Abuse against older adults remains an underreported and growing problem. People of all genders, ages, races, and income levels may become victims of abuse. Those who are abused may live at home or not, in a city, suburb or rural area. They may be abused by a relative or a stranger.

For lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered older adults (LGBT), who are more likely than the general population to live alone and without family support, there are compounded layers of vulnerability to abuse to consider.

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