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The aging services industry needs good leaders in order to keep pace with America’s shifting demographics. ASA’s key goal is to support and enhance the knowledge and skills of people who work to improve the quality of life of older adults and their families, and we fulfill this goal by developing and mentoring members’ leadership skills and growth. Our fast-track Leadership Academy supports those already in a rewarding career, but who are seeking leadership positions. And the two-decades old New Ventures in Leadership program supports leaders of color. The leadership landing page is an especially useful resource that gives information about those dynamic programs, while featuring stories and webinar content on careers in aging, re-careering in other directions, mentoring and its many benefits, staff development, and more.


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


ASA Board Member Michael Hodin Receives AFAR’s Thompson Award of Distinction

posted 04.24.2013

ASA board member and Executive Director of the Global Coalition on Aging Michael Hodin has received the Fred D. Thompson Award of Distinction from the American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR). The award recognizes professionals working the areas of aging research and public health.

Quick Question: Is having a global perspective on aging important?

posted 04.16.2013

Last week we asked if having a global perspective on aging is important to you and for the work you do. While some replied that they had to focus on local concerns and funding issues, many commented that being informed about global aging issues enhanced their work.

It is important to have this information because this is such a big issue with so many changes coming, it is good to see how other countries are handling the changes.

Michigan Conference Tackles What it Means to Be an Age-Friendly Community

posted 04.08.2013

By Barbara Spreitzer-Berent

Last winter in Ann Arbor, Michigan, nearly 200 leaders, planners, real estate developers, public health officials and aging services providers explored the challenges presented by an aging populace and the compelling reasons to engage in age-friendly community planning and development at a conference offered as part of the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities. The network is a collaboration between AARP and the World Health Organization (WHO).

What Every Eldercare Professional Should Know About Brain Health

posted 04.04.2013

By Cynthia R. Green, Ph.D

Current research into brain fitness indicates that we can take steps to enhance daily performance and even lower our risk for serious memory impairment as we age. While the science is relatively young, on the whole this data supports actions already strongly correlated with improved general health—actions that hold little risk.

Grantmakers In Aging: Why We’re Supporting Age-Friendly Communities

posted 04.04.2013

By John Feather, PhD, CEO, Grantmakers In Aging

Those of us who care personally and professionally about aging recognize the saying, attributed to screen legend Bette Davis, that “old age is no place for sissies.” While I could say a lot about this, I would suggest that the essential word here is “place.”

Our World Growing Older: A Look at Global Aging

posted 03.28.2013

The Spring 2013 issue of ASA’s quarterly journal Generations is set to hit member mailboxes or can be purchased from our website this week.

Guest edited by Frank Whittington and Suzanne Kunkel, and called “Our World Growing Older: A Look at Global Aging,” it answers the question: Why should we care about aging elsewhere in the world?

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Quick Question: What was your favorite part about AiA13?

posted 03.21.2013

Last week we asked you what your favorite part about the 2013 Aging in America Conference was. Many responded that the opportunity to network with colleagues was their favorite. The multidisciplinary conference community represents the diverse settings, services and backgrounds of aging services around the country, but all are connected through the common goal of improving the quality of life for older adults. So there's no doubt that when we come together each year at Aging in America, we have a lot to discuss, share and learn.

There’s Still No Place Like Home: Perspectives on Caregiving & Global Aging from Home Instead’s Paul Hogan

posted 03.20.2013

The World Economic Forum (WEF), founded in 1971 by German economist Klaus Schwab, was built on the idea that economic progress without social development is not sustainable. In January 2013, the WEF, a global partnership of business, political and intellectual leaders, met in Switzerland to explore global challenges and propose solutions for improving the state of the world.

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Steve Lehman: Caregiver, Legislator, Collaborator

posted 03.20.2013

Steve Lehman, the 65-year-old manager of the SCAN Senior Resource Center in Ventura, Calif., says he’s “pleased [that] my tendency to be a public servant matches my full-time employment.” As the center’s manager, he’s involved on every operational level, from setting up chairs for the elder yoga class (as he was when Aging Today caught up with him) to the more complex task of forging partnerships with other organizations to gain resources.

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The 2013 Aging in America Conference Wraps Up in Chicago

posted 03.16.2013

Speakers take the stage at the fourth general session, sponsored by Walmart.

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