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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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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.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

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

Presented by ASA’s Healthcare and Aging Network (HAN) 

ASA Members: Register now for FREE

Not a Member? Join ASA or register for this event for $49

Includes complimentary CEUs*

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

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

Part of the Aging and Disability Business Institute Series—a Collaboration of n4a and ASA.

Click here to view on Vimeo for free.

View the slides here

Providing Specifically Designed Services for LGBT Elders & Traditional Services Welcoming to All

posted 10.31.2017

By Kathy Greenlee

One of the highlights of my seven years of service as U.S. Assistant Secretary for Aging was the op­portunity to travel just about everywhere in the United States, and to visit wonder­ful programs for older adults.


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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.

ASA Calls for Bipartisan CSR Fix

posted 10.16.2017

ASA Board Chair Bob Blancato and Public Policy Committee Chair Bill Benson sent the following message to ASA members today in response to President Donald Trump's signing of an executive order on Oct. 12, 2017, that gravely jeopardizes health insurance affordability and availability.

Elder Advocates Take Aggressive, Proactive Stance Against Malnutrition

posted 10.13.2017
Nearly one in two older Americans is at risk for malnutrition, at an estimated cost of $51.3 billion annually to treat diseases related to the condition. Elder advocates have taken an aggressive stance on eradicating this public health threat. 
 

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