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With America’s ever-increasing population of older adults comes an ever-expanding cadre of individuals taking advantage of them. Financial, physical, emotional and sexual elder abuse is unfortunately still with us, but ASA’s membership community has the advocates and policymakers to inform us as to how we might fight—and prevent—these abuses. And then there’s the pervasive issue of ageism and employment in America: Many companies and businesses feel no compunction about firing or laying off older workers. Why can’t companies see that their older employees are a bonus not a burden? Also lurking in the health delivery system are unscrupulous scammers who are defrauding Medicare. ASA has the latest information on scams that are popping up, and news on how to address and prevent fraud and abuse. This page also offers stories on the latest hot-button legal issues, from assisted suicide rulings to residents’ rights in long-term care. 

 

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A Message to the President on Aging Policy

ASA Board Chair Bob Blancato, who is president of Matz, Blancato & Associates in Washington D.C. as well as a current AARP Board member, has an article on The Huffington Post concerning the new issue of ASA’s journal, Generations. The issue covers a comprehensive range of policy matters pertinent to older people as the new administration gets underway.

Medicare Beneficiaries Must Beware of Costly Observation Services

posted 11.08.2017

By Carol Levine

Hundreds of thousands of Medi­care beneficiaries who received “observation services as an out­patient” after January 1, 2009, may be eligible to participate in a class-action lawsuit to appeal those financially costly decisions. On July 31, 2017, in the case Alexander v. Price, Judge Michael P. Shea, of the U.S. District Court of Connecticut, ruled in their favor over the objections of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). 


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Statement from American Society on Aging on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

posted 11.03.2017

The tax legislation released yesterday by the House Ways and Means Committee, dubbed the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,” falls far short of an equitable and economically sensible proposal, and ASA joins numerous national organizations in opposing the bill as presented.

Training Police Officers in Elder Awareness Builds Empathy, Improves Interactions

posted 10.31.2017

By Laura K. Byerly, Rebecca T. Brown, Brie A. Williams and Anna Chodos

From conducting welfare checks to intervening in behavioral alterca­tions and responding to medical emergencies, police officers provide frontline triage for older adults in dis­tress. However, when police lack under­standing about conditions affecting older people, situations can end in tragedy.


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A Day in the Life of an APS Worker in Rural America

posted 10.31.2017

By Bill Benson 

The states’ Adult Protective Services (APS) are America’s front-line system of first responders to reports of abuse, neglect and exploitation of frail elders and vulnerable disabled adults.


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Join Leaders at the 2018 ASA Leadership Institute

posted 10.24.2017

ASA’s commitment to culturally aware, diverse leadership programming has spanned decades. In 2014, ASA launched the Leadership Institute and more than 200 bold new leaders have graduated from the program.

The JCCSF’s Embracing the Journey: End of Life Resource Fair

Event Date: 
11.12.2017 09:30 AM - 04:30 PM
Time Zone: 
(GMT-08:00) Pacific Time
Event Location
Address 1: 
3200 California Street
City: 
San Francisco
State: 
CALIFORNIA
Zip: 
94118
Short Description: 

Embrace the journey – join us for our third annual End of Life Resource Fair.

Full Description: 

Embrace the journey – join us for our third annual End of Life Resource Fair.

  • Learn compassionate and dignified ways to navigate the pathways that we and our loved ones will all travel.
  • Hear speakers on the spiritual wisdom embodied in various traditions concerning the end-of-life journey.
  • Engage with businesses and organizations offering a wealth of end-of-life resources.

Stay for the day or attend select sessions! Advance registration is highly recommended. To register, call 415.292.1200. Visit www.jccsf.org/eol for more details.

An Accidental Activist: Dr. Jessica Zitter Smashes the "Medical Hero" Myth

Event Date: 
10.26.2017 06:00 PM - 09:30 PM
Time Zone: 
(GMT-08:00) Pacific Time
Event Location
Address 1: 
2150 Allston Way
City: 
Berkeley
State: 
CALIFORNIA
Zip: 
94704
Short Description: 

A discussion on palliative care with Dr. Jessica Zitter and Alameda County providers. What do we really want for ourselves and our loved ones when death comes? 2 Free CEU's, wine, and refreshments.

Full Description: 

Jessica Zitter redefines what a medical hero looks like.



In a field where the default is always more procedures and more technology, Dr. Zitter's journey led her to put her patients first. What does this person love to do? Who does this person love to be with?



Dr. Zitter wrote "Extreme Measures," and is featured in Extremis, an Oscar-nominated documentary. She is an intensive care unit and palliative care doctor at Highland Hospital in Oakland, California.



Alameda Alliance for Health will kindly provide 2 free CEUs to our community of providers at the event.



Our evening

6:00 - 7:00 -- Wine and fine refreshments

7:00 - 8:00 -- Presentation and discussion with Dr. Jessica Zitter

8:00 - 9:00 -- Panel discussion with East Bay medical experts

9:00 - 9:30 -- Book signing by Dr. Jessica Zitter

Rural Older Adults Hit Hard by Opioid Epidemic

posted 09.27.2017

By William F. Benson and Nancy Aldrich

Rural older adults are dying from the opioid epidemic at a higher rate than older adults in the nation as a whole, yet fewer than one in 10 opioid treatment centers are located in rural America, and many rural first responders are not trained to administer life-saving medica­tions for overdose.


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