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The Power of Three: A Triumvirate of Advocates Ensures Elders’ Voices are Heard

posted 02.03.2016

By Anne Montgomery and Elizabeth Blair

In times of fiscal restraint, older adults’ voices can get lost in the lobbying among powerful stakeholders and legislative and executive branch discussions about budget allocations and funding priorities. It is often up to advocates to raise the real-world concerns of older adults at the state and national levels, and to explain and track the consequences of financial decisions made.

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Value-Based Purchasing Creates Opportunities for Effective Partnerships

posted 02.01.2016

By Bruce Chernof

Make no mistake; the healthcare landscape is undergoing a profound transformation, one that will directly impact the future of community-based aging services. For more than 50 years, little has occurred that radically changed the sleepy silos of traditional healthcare delivery and aging services. There have been incremental steps toward change, such as the Special Needs Plans in Medicare or efforts to rebalance Medicaid services through Money Follows the Person. Are these important steps toward more centered care? Yes. Are they radically transformative? No.

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End-Of-Life Care: Are We Ready for Real Reform?

posted 01.27.2016

By Kim Callinan

Opportunities for Students and Emerging Professionals at AiA16

posted 01.25.2016

The American Society on Aging offers several opportunities for students and emerging professionals to learn and connect with each other and professionals in the field. We are pleased to offer the following resources to help full-time students attend the 2016 Aging in America Conference.

Student Volunteer Program

Time and Money, Reinvented—While Building Stronger Communities

posted 01.25.2016

By Edgar Cahn

My name is Edgar Cahn. Last year, my eldest son and I had our bar mitzvah. At 13, I had refused to have one but in 2014, felt I was ready to undergo the ceremony. So I am 80 going on 14. Being 80 means I have many years to look back on. Being 14 means I have so much to look forward to!

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Advocating for Aging Services in a Digital World

posted 01.25.2016

By Julie Sweetland

If you are an advocate for aging issues who is wondering whether it matters if you engage on social media, the answer is yes. If you’re an advocate who is wondering whether it matters how you engage on social media, the answer also is yes. Here’s why, from the perspective of Strategic Frame Analysis, an evidence-based approach to communications on social issues.

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Aging Advocacy and the Older Americans Act

posted 01.25.2016

By William Benson

In 2015, we celebrated policy successes that immeasurably benefit millions of older Americans—the 80th anniversary of Social Security, the 50th anniversaries of Medicare, Medicaid and the Older Americans Act, the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the 5th anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, which among other major policy achievements included enactment of the long-sought Elder Justice Act.

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