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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.

Bipartisan Elder Justice Caucus Formed

Rep. Peter King (NY) and Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (OR) announced the establishment of a bipartisan Elder Justice Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday, May 25, 2017. ASA Board Chair Bob Blancato, in his role as National Coordinator of the Elder Justice Coalition, applauded this development as well as the introduction by the Caucus co-chairs of H.R. 2639, The Elder Justice Reauthorization Act.

ASA Statement on the 2018 Federal Budget Proposal

The American Society on Aging today called on Congress to abandon the budget proposal submitted by the President yesterday and offer an alternative that spares the deepest cuts in domestic spending in a generation.

ASA Board Chairman Bob Blancato said, “The pure volume of ill-advised program elimination and cuts in this budget is hard to fathom. If adopted as proposed it would guarantee a decade of despair for millions of the most vulnerable Americans of all ages.”

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Is June 15

posted 05.15.2017

Each year, an estimated 5 million older persons are abused, neglected and exploited. Older adults throughout the United States lose an estimated $2.6 billion or more annually due to elder financial abuse and exploitation, funds that they desperately need to pay for basics such as housing, food and medical care. And it is estimated that only about one in five of those crimes are ever reported.

Ethical Caregiving and Protecting Elders

posted 05.09.2017

By Beth Lueders

Many elders are too afraid to speak up about the missing medication, or the yelling, or the unexplained bank withdrawals. It’s hard to come to terms with the fact that a close relative or loved one is actually a conniving bully instead of a dutiful caregiver.

White House Proclaims May 2017 Older Americans Month

posted 05.02.2017

On April 28, 2017, President Trump officially declared May 2017 as Older Americans Month. Celebrating Older Americans Month is one way to remind us to keep up advocacy efforts and honor this cohort’s significant accomplishments and contributions to our society.

The Proclamation states: “As we celebrate Older Americans Month, we take the opportunity to thank our seniors and recognize the enormous contributions they make to the Nation. We are blessed to have their presence, their love, and their unmatched perspective for our families.”

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Start : 11:00 AM (Pacific)
End : 12:00 Noon (Pacific)

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

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Includes complimentary CEUs

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

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.

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Includes complimentary CEUs

Thursday, June 22, 2017

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

Presented by ASA’s Lifetime Education and Renewal Network (LEARN)

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