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Closing the Disparity Gap Requires an Integrated Response from Policy, Research, and Programs

posted 02.23.2015

By Jeanette Takamura

Enacted in 1965 before the Social Security Act amendments established Medicare and Medicaid, the Older Americans Act (OAA) declared a national rights-based commitment to the “inherent dignity” of older Americans. Title I of the OAA calls upon federal, state, and local governments and tribes to enable a good quality of life for older persons in their later years (AOA, n.d.). To realize its vision, the OAA relies upon the ingenuity and resourcefulness of the nationwide aging network.

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Evaluating Vulnerable Populations for Capacity

posted 02.23.2015

By Amy S. Friday

Adults in the United States are generally assumed to function independently. Unless shown to suffer from a condition known to undermine independence, we understand that adults hold privileges such as the right to enter into legal contracts and the right to make decisions for her or his own person and property. We acknowledge an adult’s ability to choose and control personal finances, wills and other legal decisions, independent living circumstances, medical decisions, driving functions and sexual relations.

Graying Green: Climate Communication for an Aging World

posted 02.19.2015

By Michael Smyer & Jim Gilmartin

It’s time to connect two global patterns: Climate Change and Population Aging.

When Tom Friedman wrote Hot, Flat & Crowded, he overlooked one important element: Graying! 


Climate Change: What’s Age Got To Do With It?

Aging, Minority Status, and Disability

posted 02.17.2015

The rise in the number of Americans from ethnic minority backgrounds has been accompanied by an increased interest in disparities that characterize the health status and healthcare needs of the U.S. population. Much of the literature has focused on African Americans’ health disadvantages, which persist. Increasing interest also has been paid to the health of the Hispanic/Latino population, which currently is the largest minority population.

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How to Export Your AiA15 Itinerary to your Outlook Calendar: 10 Easy Steps

posted 02.17.2015

By: Betsy Dorsett

Did you know that you can build an itinerary for yourself of AiA15 sessions and events that you don't want to miss and then export your itinerary to your Outlook Calendar? Here's how...


Step 1: Login to the ASA website, if you aren't already.

If you can't remember your password, just click on "Forgot your Password" and we'll send you an email with instructions for resetting it right away!

To Foster a Longer Career, Pay Close Attention to Well-Being

posted 02.10.2015

By Diana Schwerha

Out of the approximately 32 million baby boomers ages 55 and older in the workforce, many soon will have to choose when to retire. Between the recession and increasing expenses, some are delaying retirement, which necessitates a continued high level of performance into their 70s. How can baby boomers create personal and professional changes to ensure longevity in their career? 

What Does Aging Mean at Work?

What Does Valentine's Day Have to Do With Healthy Aging?

posted 02.10.2015

Beyond greeting cards and heart-shaped boxes of chocolates, Valentine's Day is an opportunity to honor the relationships we have with the people who are closest to us. And we are learning that these intimate relationships are just as important to health as many other lifestyle and biological factors.

Health Literacy Is Key to Preventing Prescription Cascade

posted 02.09.2015

By Kandace L. West

It’s a Saturday morning and two third-year pharmacy students and I are sitting in Norma’s living room. Norma is an 82-year-old retired elementary school teacher, and is accompanied by her two daughters, Cindy and Patty. Like many adult children caring for their aging parents, Cindy’s concern for her mother’s health and medication use is absolutely valid; she has hired me to review her mother’s medications because of concerns following Norma’s hospitalization last year.