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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.  



Online Learning: ASA members have free access to all web seminars.


CNYGEC: Brooklyn Core Day 1 - Working with Older People

Event Date: 
10.19.2011 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Time Zone: 
(GMT-05:00) Eastern Time
Event Location
Address 1: 
Maimonides Medical Center
Address 2: 
4802 Tenth Avenue, Conference Room 2C
Short Description: 

Interprofessional Education in Geriatrics and Gerontology for Healthcare Professionals

Full Description: 

GEC seminars are aimed at improving and expanding geriatric healthcare, particularly for low-income, multi-ethnic and underserved older adult population. We offer innovative and interactive seminars on a wide range of issues, health conditions and service delivery models to healthcare professionals, academic leaders, and others who offer services to older adults.

Topics for the day will be:

Overview on Aging, Entitlements and Financial Issues, Health Literacy, Effective Communciations/Sensory Changes with Aging, Mental Health and Aging, Hearing Aids workshop

Participants in this seminar will be able to:

  • Identify some of the unique issues and challenges older people face.
  • Identify the demographic imperative to learn basic principles of geriatrics.
  • Recognize the 4 barrier domains to good communication with older adults: physical, cognitive, psychological, and socio-cultural.
  • List techniques to use to break the barriers to communication with older adults.
  • Tell how culture and health literacy affects health and end of life outcomes.
  • Apply tools for effective communication across cultural barriers at end of life.
  • Recall how cultural diversity may impede effective service delivery.
  • Identify how the presence of even one geriatric syndrome can affect an older person’s ability to meet new medical challenges.
  • Identify the most common behavioral health problems experienced by older adults.
  • Identify clinical and psychosocial treatments which aid this recovery of older adults
    with behavioral health need.


What do Service Providers Expect from Cultural Competency Training?

posted 09.15.2011

Those of us in the advocacy world have lots of ideas about what service providers 'need to know' about cultural competency and 'how' it should be delivered. However, there is little information about what service providers want from CCT (e.g., format, length of time, willingness to pay for training, average time spent per year doing cultural competency training (CCT)).

Older Workers: Multiple Returns on Our Public Investment

posted 09.15.2011

You Are Invited to Attend a Congressional Breakfast Briefing… 

When: September 16, 2011 from 8:30 to 10 am

Where: SD-G11 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington DC

Factors to consider when investigating elder abuse

posted 09.13.2011
This article is brought to you by the Editorial Board of ASA’s Healthcare and Aging Network (HAN) by Holly Lichtman, ACSW, LCSW One of the most challenging issues when investigating elder abuse cases, and supervising other professionals who do so, is determining the elder’s capacity to make decisions. Adult protective service programs establish guidelines for evaluating an elderl...

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Emergency! Yes? No. Urgent Care Centers are on the Rise, Filling in the Care Gap for Elders

posted 09.06.2011

By Carol Levine

Ruth Willig is no stranger to healthcare. Now 87, she worked for many years in a lab as a microbiologist. The assisted living facility where she now lives in Brooklyn, N.Y., is close to all her doctors and healthcare facilities, and to her daughter, Judy.

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Older Workers: Multiple Returns on our Public Investment

Event Date: 
09.16.2011 08:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Time Zone: 
(GMT-05:00) Eastern Time
Event Location
Address 1: 
SD-G11 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Short Description: 

Congressional Breakfast Briefing

Full Description: 

In recognition of National Employ Older Workers Week, we invite you to attend a briefing on the challenges older workers face in the current fiscal environment. Speakers will combine research on the aging workforce with personal testimony to highlight the impact of the recession on older workers, and how programs like the Senior Community Service Employment Program (Title V of the Older Americans Act) provide livelihood for low-income older workers while giving back to local communities.

All attendees will receive a copy, and executive summary, of the recent Public Policy & Aging Report titled “Older Workers: Problems and Prospects in an Aging Workforce.”


  • Tony Sarmiento, Executive Director, Senior Service America, Inc., Silver Spring, MD


  • Andrew Sum, Director, Center for Labor Market Studies, Northeastern University, Boston, Mass.
  • Dennis Streets, Director, NC Division of Aging and Adult Services, Raleigh, N.C.
  • Altha Newman, Chief Professional Officer, Boys & Girls Clubs of Hawk-Houston, Dothan, Ala.
  • Former SCSEP Participant, Tenn.

RSVP Requested to: Dani Kaiserman at or (202) 587-2847.

Breakfast will be served at this widely attended event.

Sponsored by the Public Policy Committees of

Supported by:

American Society on Aging
Gerontological Society of America
Senior Service America


ASA Awards: 2006 Winners

Hall of Fame Award

Robert H. Binstock, Ph.D.

ASA Award

Larry J. Polivka, Ph.D.

ASA Awards: 2007 Winners

Hall of Fame Award

Carol Estes

ASA Award

Barbara Kennelly

ASA Awards: 2008 Winners

Hall of Fame Award

James J. Callahan, Ph.D.

ASA Award

Mae Carpenter

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