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ASA Welcomes Abandonment of Graham-Cassidy Vote

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.

Here We Go Again! Stop Final Effort to Kill ACA

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 immediate contact with their senator’s office to urge these senators to oppose any effort to pass the so-called Cassidy-Graham Amendment (formally, the Cassidy-Graham Heller-Johnson Amendment to H.R. 1628, the “American Health Care Act of 2017”).

Don’t Let Marketers Tell You How to Age in Place

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.

Act, Advocate, Advance: Making Dementia a Global Health Priority

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.

Lance Robertson sworn in as ACL administrator

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).

The Summer of Love: From Fantasy to Fallout

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, his wife, and his band, The Grateful Dead) for $25 a month. That year, about 100,000 youth traveled to Haight-Ashbury from the United States and abroad.


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Baby Boomers: From Great Expectations to a Crisis of Meaning

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 conference. I was excited and eager to share with others my thinking on this subject.


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