ASA is the essential resource to cultivate leadership, advance knowledge, and strengthen the skills of those who work with, and on behalf of, older adults.

Text Resize

Health & Wellness

Membership Directory

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.

Should we recommend clients do crossword puzzles or walk briskly for 3 miles when trying to preserve brain health? What about falls—what are hospitals doing to prevent falls in the hospital or upon a patient’s return? Do nutrition supplements actually work? And why do most physicians shy away from addressing sexual issues with patients? Do insurance company wellness programs reward or punish employees? Stories about elder health and wellness appear often in the mainstream media, but this content doesn’t always offer in-depth and constructive information about how to forge strategies, solutions and models that would best serve older adults. When you browse the stories on AgeBlog, you’ll find a wealth of ideas and—best yet—people to connect up with who can discuss their first-hand experience in this topic area. 


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

Healthcare and Aging NetworkThe Healthcare and Aging (HAN) is a professional community of individuals and organizations working to promote innovative, high-quality approaches to meeting the healthcare needs of older adults. The network facilitates information exchange and collaboration among policymakers, researchers and service providers.


ASA Chicagoland Roundtable: Human Longevity - What is Life Expectancy

Event Date: 
08.03.2018 08:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Time Zone: 
(GMT-06:00) Central Time
Event Location
Address 1: 
1725 W Harrison St
Address 2: 
Searle Conference Center, Elevator II 5th floor 54
Short Description: 

ASA Chicagoland Roundtable: Human Longevity - What is Life Expectancy

Full Description: 


ASA Roundtable | Aging in America | Web Seminars



ASA Chicagoland Roundtable - Human Longevity – What is Life Expectancy?

Friday, August 3, 2018
8:30 am – 10:30 am


Professional Building 
1725 W Harrison St
Searle Conference Center
Elevator II 5th floor 542 Brainard
Chicago, IL 60612

There is a debate amongst gerontologists regarding the extent of the “real” life span for humans.  Recent studies have raised the proposition that for people who survive past 105, the predictability of when death will occur plateaus at a level of 0.5.  Thus, certain authors suggest that the human lifespan is limitless.  

This session will discuss the current understanding of life expectancy and the questions raised about it, what it means to the older person you serve and support, and what can be expected going forward.  Our expert panelists and (through your questions and contributions) you, will contribute to the discussion of this very current topic.  

Register Now



Nicole Batsch, PhD
Global Consultant
Aging & Dementia Care
Chicago, IL

Twenty years experience developing aging and dementia programs across the US, Europe and internationally within not-for-profit and private organizations. Completed a PhD in Gerontology at King's College London. Served on numerous boards including ASA. 


S. Jay Olshansky, PhD
Professor, School of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago;
Research Associate, Center on Aging,  University of Chicago and at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Chief Scientist, Lapetus Solutions, Inc.

The focus of his research has been on estimates of the upper limits to human longevity, exploring the health and public policy implications thereof; forecasts of the size, survival, and age structure of the population; pursuit of the scientific means to slow aging in people, and global implications of the re-emergence of infectious and parasitic diseases. Dr. Olshansky is on the Board of Directors of the American Federation of Aging Research; he is the first author of The Quest for Immortality: Science at the Frontiers of Aging, and A Measured Breath of Life.  He co-edited Aging: The Longevity Dividend. He was honored with the Donald P. Kent Award from the Gerontological Society of America, the Irving S. Wright Award from the American Federation for Aging Research, and was named one of Next Street’s Influencer in Aging. 


Registration is free, and requested, to attend. Only complete the application form if you have no record. Otherwise, please log in. For assistance with registration, contact Jutka at .  

2018 Chicago Roundtable Schedule

October 5
December 7

View all upcoming events

All ASA members are welcome at this free event.

Local contact for Chicago information only: Mary Lou Tomecek Baker, 312-942-2053 




ASA Expresses Concern Over Narrow Supreme Court Ruling

posted 06.04.2018

While today’s decision by the Supreme Court in Masterpiece Cakeshop is a narrow one, ASA nonetheless disagrees with the notion that a business owner providing custom services can claim a right to violate discrimination laws. ASA joined with SAGE in filing a brief in support of the Colorado Civil Rights Commission’s decision that such discrimination was illegal.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Start : 10:00 AM Pacific
End : 11:00 AM Pacific

Presented by ASA’s Mental Health and Aging Network (MHAN)

ASA Members: Register now for FREE

Second Annual Brain Fitness Forum

Event Date: 
06.10.2018 09:30 AM - 04:15 PM
Time Zone: 
(GMT-08:00) Pacific Time
Event Location
Address 1: 
3200 California Street
San Francisco
Short Description: 

Learn about Brain Fitness at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco

Full Description: 

Celebrate Brain Awareness Month with us by participating in the second annual Brain Fitness Forum.

  • Gain useful information from experts on ways to maintain cognitive sharpness.
  • Experience hands-on activities to stimulate your mind.
  • Learn new strategies for brain health.
  • Stay for the day or attend select sessions! Advance registration is highly recommended. To register, call 415.292.1200. Visit for more details.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Start : 10:00 AM Pacific
End : 11:00 AM Pacific

Presented in observance of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Register now for FREE

Includes complimentary CEUs*

Baby Boomer Women Caught in Rising Tide of Alcohol

posted 05.08.2018

By John Dyben

Gail wanted three things. She wanted to be healthy enough to play tennis again, to be whole enough to feel at peace and to be sober enough to be allowed to drive her grandchildren to the mall for ice cream.

Born in 1953, Gail had been a responsible person all of her life. She was an obedient daughter, a straight-A student, a hard-working professional and a faithful wife, mother and grandmother. Gail’s parents were part of the Greatest Generation and taught her to live morally and with restraint.

Subscribe to Aging Today

Blancato Testifies on Capitol Hill on Behalf of Elder Justice Funding

posted 04.26.2018

ASA Immediate Past Chair Bob Blancato testified before the House Appropriations Labor-HHS Subcommittee today in Washington, D.C. on FY19 funding for elder justice programs. The transcript from his testimony is below, and you can also watch the hearing in the video below. Bob's testimony begins approximately 18 minutes into the video.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Start : 10:00 AM Pacific
End : 11:00 AM Pacific

Part of the National Alzheimer’s and Dementia Resource Center webinar series sponsored by the Administration for Community Living.

Register now for FREE

Includes complimentary CEUs*

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Start : 10:00 AM Pacific
End : 11:00 AM Pacific

Presented by Parkinson’s Foundation as part of the Nurse Webinar Series.

Register now for FREE

Includes complimentary CEUs*

*This web seminar is approved for AoTA contact hours in addition to CEUs approved for all ASA web seminars

Stay Connected

Follow American Society on Aging on Facebook   Follow American Society on Aging on LinkedIn   Follow American Society on Aging on Twitter   Subscribe eNewsletter   


Embracing the Journey: End of Life Resource Fair Event Details