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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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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

More Than 40 Years of ASA Awards

Awards History

The ASA Awards have a rich history of honoring pioneers, leaders, emerging stars, and innovative programs in the field of aging.

ASA Awards: 2009 Winners

Hall of Fame Award

First International Conference on Age-Friendly Cities

Event Date: 
09.28.2011 (All day) - 09.30.2011 (All day)
Time Zone: 
(GMT-05:00) Eastern Time
Event Location
Address 1: 
The Burlington Dublin City Hotel
Dublin, Ireland
Short Description: 

An international conference on creating age-friendly urban environments

Full Description: 

You are invited to join us in Dublin for the first international conference on age-friendly cities.

At the conference:

  • Learn from international thinkers and practitioners who will be addressing key issues in a creative and practical way
  • Visit the age-friendly global “village” and make direct contact with cities presenting on their programmes
  • Develop future working relationships at our specially structured networking sessions
  • Access our specially designed Resource Bank for Age-friendly Cities

The conference programme is built around three main themes: Social and Cultural Connectivity, Built Environment and Building Momentum for the WHO Global Age-friendly Cities initiative. It consists of plenary and concurrent workshop sessions. Each plenary session addresses one of the main themes. Each set of workshops focuses on various aspects of each of the three themes. This is to facilitate delegates who may wish to ‘track’ in a concentrated way one of the main themes of the conference through their participation in the concurrent workshops.

Download the full program here.

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