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Leadership in Aging

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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. 


MHAN Programs at Aging in America

Current Policy Issues in Mental Health and Aging: Federal Initiatives, State Coalitions and Recommendations for Innovations

Monday, March 21 | 9:00 AM–4:00 PM

Presented by ASA’s Mental Health and Aging Network and National Council on Mental Health and Aging (NCMHA)

Quick Question: What are the qualities of a good leader in the field of aging?

posted 11.06.2012

Last week we asked you what qualities you thought were important for a good leader in the field of aging. We got a lot of great responses, and here are a few of the perspectives that were shared:

Empathy, patience, understanding, able to delegate, good communication skills, resourceful, caring, and above all, a good sense of humor

Open minded; Forward Thinking; Problem Solver; Positive Attitude; Mentor and Coach

Aging in America 2014 General Session

ASA’s 60 Years in the Field of Aging: Looking Back, Leaning Forward

Tuesday, March 11 | 4:00–5:30 pm

2016 Aging in America National Summit

The State of Older People—Their Economic Security, Their Health

Wednesday, March 23 | 1:00–4:00 PM

Sponsored by CVS/Health

Quick Question: Do you and/or your organization have strategies to prevent elder abuse?

posted 10.16.2012

In the Fall 2012 Issue of Generations, Kathy Greenlee says: "Many of us work every day around older adults who are at risk of being, or who have been, victims of elder abuse." And last week we asked readers of ASA Update what strategies they and/or their organization have to prevent elder abuse. Here's some of the responses we received: 

The Practicalities of Effective Leadership: A Conversation With Robyn Golden

posted 08.28.2012

Robyn Golden, a former chair of ASA’s Board of Directors, is director of Health and Aging, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, Ill. Recently, Aging Today asked her to share her thoughts on what it means to lead.

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Quick Question: What tools and resources do you need to lead the way in your work/profession?

posted 08.28.2012

Last week we asked what you tools and resources you needed to be a better leader. The majority of people responded that they needed more opportunities for face-to-face professional education programs with national and international peers and experts. (I think you know what we're going to say next: Are you planning to attend the 2013 Aging in America Conference?

(INFOGRAPHIC) The New Leadership Equation: Five Core Ingredients By Ken

posted 08.28.2012

By Ken Dychtwald

After nearly 40 years in the field of aging, I’ve come to believe there are five key ingredients for becoming and remaining a leader in this arena.



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Leadership for the Third Age

posted 08.22.2012

By Monsignor Charles Fahey

Developing leadership is vital to the aging community since the well-being of people at all life stages involves their interaction with groups—from family to government to the whole human community.

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Quick Question: What Issues Will Motivate You to Vote in November?

posted 08.21.2012

The selection of Rep. Paul Ryan to be on the Republican ticket with Governor Romney running against President Obama and Vice President Biden makes the two tickets complete. So last week we asked you what you see as the biggest issues that will motivate you to vote?

51% responded that healthcare, including the future of the Affordable Care Act and Medicare, were the biggest issue, followed by the economy (deficit reduction and job creation) at 21%, vision for the future at 19% and finally the role of the government at 9%.

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