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Music and Memory: Spreading Happiness Through Headphones

posted 07.13.2017

By Alison Biggar

Dan Cohen, founder and executive director of Music & Memory in Mineola, New York, originally thought managers of nursing homes and other institutions housing older adults would take his simple idea—having people with advanced dementia listen to personalized sets of music via iPod—and run with it. After all, Cohen had found that this activity clearly brought happiness to the listeners, with an immediate effect not seen with medication or other activities.


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Of Aha Moments, Unicorns and a Passion for the Work

posted 07.12.2017

Millennials are known for seeking employment where they can “do well while doing good.” Amanda Cavaleri, age 28, founder of Connect The Ages, wants to capitalize on that tendency by encouraging members of her generation to work in the field of aging. “They want to take their passion and talent and have an impact,” she says.


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New Toolkit Can Help Reframe Ageist Messaging

posted 07.10.2017

Editor’s note: ASA President and CEO Bob Stein represents ASA in the Reframing Aging work advanced by the Leaders of Aging Organizations (LAO), also serving as an advisor to the Re­framing Elder Abuse parallel research project conducted by the Administration for Community Living (and begun at the suggestion of then Assistant Secretary for Aging Kathy Greenlee) and completed by the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) at the University of Southern California.


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Nutrition for Healthy Aging: Policy and Practice at IAGG

posted 07.06.2017

ASA’s board chair Bob Blancato will present a symposium at the upcoming International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) 21st World Congress, which takes place July 23-27 in San Francisco. The American Society on Aging is a co-host for this event.

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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