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Aging in Community

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Find ASA members in your area or who share your interest area. Enter a name or click on the magnifying glass to start your search.

Is there a good way for my clients to plan for an event like Super Storm Sandy? What’s the latest smart growth model or in-home technology, and are there samples I could visit near my community? Where’s the closest senior center offering an up-to-date cognitive fitness programs? These subjects all fall under the heading Aging in the Community, and on this site we aim to keep our members up-to-date on the newest models for aging in place, as well as the news and research on home- and community-based programs and other topics related to Aging in Community. Check back regularly for updates. 


Online Learning: ASA members have free access to all web seminars. 


Assessing Interest in LGBT Cultural Competency Training

posted 10.19.2011

‘Ready to Serve’ Study Results

This study provides the first snapshot of the Aging Network’s experience with and readiness to serve LGBT older adults. Here are some of its findings:

The Elder Justice Act Is Unfinished Business

posted 10.17.2011
By Bob Blancato It has been a year-and-a-half since the passage of the Elder Justice Act (EJA), the most comprehensive federal elder abuse prevention law in history. Yet passage alone means nothing unless it is adequately funded and properly implemented. The reality of elder abuse is all around us, and provided motivation to pass the law in 2010. But the extent of the problem only grows with...

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ASA Identified by Experts as a Top Nonprofit Working in the Field of Aging in the U.S.

posted 10.17.2011

In October 2011, we were honored to learn that a group of 88 experts identified American Society on Aging (ASA) as 1 of 13 high-impact nonprofits working in the field of aging in the U.S. Some of reviews experts had about our impact were:

“ASA has been the leading organization on aging services for over 50 years.”

“ASA is a great place to discuss any issues about aging with not only practioners but also researchers.”

Helping Dentists to Detect Elder Abuse: A Curriculum Design Project

posted 09.29.2011
By Melanie Gironda Approximately 75 percent of all physical violence results in injuries to the head, neck, and-or mouth areas of the body, clearly visible to a dental team during exams. Yet among healthcare clinicians, dental providers are the least likely to report suspected abuse, according to a 1994 article by Virginia Tilden in the American Journal of Public Health. Changes in medical p...

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New Generations Issue Illuminates Topics in Brain Health

posted 09.22.2011

ASA is very pleased to announce publication of the Summer, 2011, issue of its quarterly journal, Generations.

ASA Chicago Roundtable–Growing needs, shrinking resources: An update from the field

Event Date: 
09.23.2011 08:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Time Zone: 
(GMT-06:00) Central Time
Event Location
Address 1: 
600 S Paulina St Rm 994
Address 2: 
Armour Academic Center, Rush University Medical Ce
Short Description: 

ASA Chicago Roundtable: You're Invited—And Bring a Friend

Full Description: 

Our shifting financial landscape has resulted in changes to resources and programs available to older adults all across our country. Concurrently, the number of those needing help has increased—while for support organizations who meet those needs has declined.

Join us at this interactive session to learn how these changes are impacting our federal, state, and local services for older adults. As a panel, speakers will provide a snapshot of changes in their realm, forecast the coming year, and offer suggestions for working together and weathering difficult times.


Jim Varpness, Regional Administrator, Region 5, Administration on Aging

Michael Gelder, Interim Director, Illinois Department on Aging

Lucia Jones, Executive Director, Northeastern Illinois Area Agency on Aging

All are welcome at this free event, however registration is required.

Save the dates for 2011–2012 Chicagoland Roundtables:

  • Registration for Aging in America 2012 Opens in October!
  • Friday, December 2, 2011—Serving People with Dementia: Tools and Resources to Support You and Your Clients
  • Friday, February 2, 2012—A Discussion on Entitlements

What do Service Providers Expect from Cultural Competency Training?

posted 09.15.2011

Those of us in the advocacy world have lots of ideas about what service providers 'need to know' about cultural competency and 'how' it should be delivered. However, there is little information about what service providers want from CCT (e.g., format, length of time, willingness to pay for training, average time spent per year doing cultural competency training (CCT)).

Factors to consider when investigating elder abuse

posted 09.13.2011
This article is brought to you by the Editorial Board of ASA’s Healthcare and Aging Network (HAN) by Holly Lichtman, ACSW, LCSW One of the most challenging issues when investigating elder abuse cases, and supervising other professionals who do so, is determining the elder’s capacity to make decisions. Adult protective service programs establish guidelines for evaluating an elderl...

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An Intergenerational View: Shifting Perceptions of Human Brain Aging Can Bring Generations Together

posted 09.01.2011

By Daniel R. George and Peter J. Whitehouse

Our conventional understanding of Alzheimer’s disease as an “Old Timer’s disease” has too often kept us from seeing brain aging as an intergenerational issue—but the landscape of perception is changing.

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