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Four Medication Safety Tips for Older Adults

posted 06.12.2014

Whether your clients or loved ones are settling into their sixties or heading into their ninth decade, they should be extra careful when taking prescription and over-the-counter medicines. As someone caring for older individuals, you should help them stay safe.

The older people get, the more likely they are to use additional medicines, which can increase the chance of harmful drug interactions.

From the SSA: Three Collaborative Programs to Prevent Elder Financial Exploitation and Two Ways You Can Help

posted 06.10.2014

Sunday, June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, an opportunity to bring attention to the millions of older adults throughout the United States who are abused, neglected and exploited. In preparation for June 15, ASA is posting resources and information for professionals who work with older adults.

12 Simple Safety and Security Tips for Aging in Place

posted 06.10.2014

By Sheena Jaffer

In honor of June being National Safety Month, let’s review some simple and practical tips to keep elders who are aging in place safe, and contribute to their well-being.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than a third of adults ages 65 and older fall each year. Statistics show that every 18 to 20 seconds an older adult ends up in the emergency room because of a fall, many of which happen in their own homes.

Ten Reasons You Should Commit to Caring for Veterans

posted 06.05.2014

In light of the news that Chester Nez, the last of the World War II Navajo “code talkers,” died yesterday, (Wednesday, June 4, 2014) we wanted to share with you some remarks made at the 2014 Aging in America Conference general session on veterans and their families. Scott. T. Shreve, DO, National Director of Hospice and Palliative Care at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs spoke poignantly at the event about the “We Honor Veterans” campaign and offered 10 reasons you should commit to caring for veterans.

2014 World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

posted 06.04.2014

Sunday, June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, an opportunity to bring attention to the millions of older adults who are abused, neglected and exploited throughout the United States. In preparation for June 15, ASA is posting resources and information for professionals who work with older adults.

See also: Three Collaborative Programs to Prevent Elder Financial Exploitation and Two Ways You Can Help

Remembering Dr. Maya Angelou

posted 05.28.2014

We mourned along with the rest of the country and the world as we learned that Dr. Maya Angelou passed away. Many ASA members will remember Dr. Angelou's touching remarks at the 2008 annual conference, and many many more have been moved by her poetry and prose. As we remember her tremendous power, humanity and humor, we would also like to take a moment to reflect on Dr. Angelou's thoughts on aging. In a nutshell: Do it, if you can.

 

Tell us why you're an ASA member and you could win!

posted 05.20.2014

How would you complete this sentence: “I am an ASA member because…”

Tell us what membership in the American Society on Aging means to you and you’ll be entered for a chance to win a free flight on Southwest.

Earn up to 6 CEUs in June!

posted 05.20.2014

Start your summer off on the right foot with SIX new webinars from ASA that include complimentary CEUs! ASA members can always attend ASA webinars for free and earn complimentary CEUs, while select webinars are open to everyone at no charge, thanks to our generous sponsors. 

If you are not a current member of ASA, click here to join ASA and gain complete access to all upcoming webinars.

June Webinars:

Leader Profile: Cyndi Nation

posted 05.13.2014

Cyndi is a graduate of ASA’s New Ventures in Leadership program and is the Director of Community Health Outreach Programs at Tanana Chiefs Conference in Fairbanks, Alaska.

In the latest in our series profiling ASA leadership program alumni, AgeBlog asked Cyndi a few questions about her interests, goals and the roles that mentorship has played in her career development.

Here's what she said: