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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:

5 Reasons You Need a Mentor

posted 05.12.2014

Mentors can be vital at every stage of your career. They can help you define and reach your goals, continue to grow as a professional and stay motivated. Here are 5 more reasons you need a mentor:



1.  Mentors will share their experience, so that you can learn from it

Why reinvent the wheel if you don’t have to? Mentors have been there and done that, and will share their experiences with you so that you don’t have to learn everything the hard way.

Honoring Family Caregivers on Mother's Day

posted 05.09.2014

This Mother’s Day, many family members will celebrate by doing what they do every day: being the primary caregiver to their mother. Across the country 42 million people are faced with the challenge of providing care to their older parents and friends each day. Mother's Day offers us a chance to say thank you to those caregivers, many who may not even consider the help they provide as caregiving. Check out the "Thanks Project" created by AARP and the Ad Council, for some easy ways to honor caregivers. 

Who Is that Reflected in the Mirror? Uncle David’s story

posted 05.08.2014

Editor’s note: The author of this article has requested anonymity.

Every morning we look at ourselves in the mirror, and see the image we reflect to the world. Who is that person and how did that person come to be?

I look at a 60-year-old man with curly gray hair and somewhat tired blue eyes. The story of my life is deeply hidden. We all hide secrets. What are mine?

Elder Transgender Individuals and Spirituality: Never Too Old To Embody Soul

posted 05.08.2014

By Kelley Reinsmith-Jones

Religiosity and spirituality, as they pertain to the process of aging, have both been the focus of many studies on the lives of mainstream non-minority older persons. Likewise, religious practices and spiritual pursuits have been found very beneficial in helping this population achieve a healthy later life. But, few studies have looked at gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender/transsexual persons (LGBT) and their spiritual lives. This is especially true for the latter.

Transgender Aging: Putting a Face on the Community

posted 05.08.2014

By Maria C. Hernandez-Peck

I am grateful to have been asked to serve as guest editor for our collection of blog posts on transgender elders. Since 1987 when I developed a class on GLBT (gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender) issues for social workers and counselors at the School of Social Work at Eastern Washington University in Cheney, Wash., I have tried to sensitize students to the needs of this population.