Chanda is a graduate of ASA’s New Ventures in Leadership program and is the Executive Director of American Senior Assistance Programs, Inc. in Huntsville, Ala.
In this series profiling ASA leadership program alumni, ASA AgeBlog asked Chanda a few questions about her interests, goals and the roles that mentorship has played in her career development.
Here's what she said:
Every May we celebrate Older Americans Month in order to recognize the contributions and achievements of older Americans. The observance also affords the nation an opportunity to take action on important issues that impact the health and safety of elders. This year, the theme of OAM is Safe Today. Healthy Tomorrow, in order to bring attention to the importance of safety and injury prevention.
Transgender elders experience discrimination and social exclusion, yet also exhibit incredible resilience. Discrimination can cause transgender people to delay seeking healthcare, and often transgender elders have to instruct providers on how to provide culturally competent care. But there are steps providers can take to improve their ability to provide affirming and nondiscriminatory care.
We’ve come a long way in our advocacy and support for elder justice,” said Kathy Greenlee, administrator, Administration for Community Living, and Assistant Secretary for Aging, at the 2014 Aging in America Conference’s March 14 National Forum on Elder Justice. Just a week prior to the conference, $25 million was dedicated to Adult Protective Services (APS) in President Obama’s budget, so “we must support that,” said Greenlee.
Have you ever thought about mentoring an emerging professional in the field of aging? Maybe you've always wanted to help influence up-and-coming leaders in the field, but weren't sure how? Well, here are 7 (great) reasons to become a mentor:
1. You'll learn something
As a mentor you'll be exposed to new and diverse thoughts, personalities, experience and cultures. You're bound to come away from the experience having learned a lot.
Today ASA unveils a new member benefit: ASA Mentor Advantage! This online platform, available exclusively to ASA members, is designed to enhance your ability to connect with other professionals in order to build meaningful and rewarding mentor/mentee relationships.
According to general statistics, 95% of us are reactive. Rather than investing some time to plan ahead, we react to circumstances as they happen. All of us know that aging is an inevitable phenomenon. As we get older, the probability of health and physical issues are likely to increase and for that, we need to proactively think, plan and act.