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Policy and Advocacy

ASA may not send staffers to Capitol Hill to advocate on behalf of elders, but many organizations in our membership community certainly do. These advocates and stakeholders—many of them prominent policymakers in the aging services network—fill us in on a regular basis on their progress, whether it be fighting for elder justice, defending Social Security, supporting the beneficial policies embedded in the Affordable Care Act or pressuring a reauthorization of the Older Americans Act. Find the inside scoop on new policies affecting older adults and advocacy in the works here. And check often as the gears of government grind on: our members are there at the forefront to report on this complex landscape.  

 

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ASA Opposes Farm Bill Attack on SNAP

By Karyne Jones and Bill Benson

The American Society on Aging is committed to improving the quality of life for all older Americans, and its members especially are concerned with the welfare and well-being of lower-income elders who face years of struggle to maintain an adequate and nutritious diet on fixed incomes.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

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

Presented in observance of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

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Includes complimentary CEUs*

Inside the May–June 2018 issue of Aging Today

posted 05.08.2018

The In Focus Section of the May–June 2018 issue of Aging Today explores what tops the aging advocacy agenda.


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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.

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Includes complimentary CEUs*

Thursday, May 17, 2018

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

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

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The Impacts of Climate Change Take a Heavier Toll on Older Women

posted 04.09.2018

By G. Adriana Perez

The outsize impact of climate change on older women should be a national health priority for clinicians, scientists and professionals working in public health. Women account for 56.7 percent of adults ages 65 and older in the United States, and at ages 85 and older, they outnumber men by a ratio of five to two. Because women continue to outlive men, most older women live alone and may depend upon their social and community networks for assistance.
 

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Disaster Preparedness & Elders: There’s Room for Improvement

posted 04.09.2018

By Lisa M. Brown

During 2017, 15 major natural disasters occurred in the United States. Differences exist be­tween these types of disasters in terms of extent (e.g., timing, duration) and impact (e.g., loss of life, loss of community). The interaction of extent and impact influences how peo­ple prepare for future disasters, how they evacuate and how they experience and recover from such events.
 

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Tax 'Reform' Puts Elders & the Safety Net At Risk

posted 04.09.2018

By Kevin Prindiville

Even a few months into 2018, policymakers, reporters, economists, accountants and ordi­nary Americans are still working to understand the impact of the tax law that Republicans passed in a mad rush at the end of 2017. Little attention, however, is being paid to how the new law affects older adults.
 
The following are three things about the new tax bill that should worry advocates for older adults:
 

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