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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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Sedating Our Elders: Beneficial Treatment or Mistreatment?

posted 10.31.2011

By Victor Molinari and Laurence G. Branch

Mrs. M. is an 82-year-old Florida widow with two married children living in other states. A petite woman who has always had a pleasant, outgoing personality, she likes walking to keep fit. For the past five years, though, she has resided in assisted living and exercises less. She has had three chronic conditions, including Parkinson’s disease, for many years, and is being treated with medications prescribed by a specialist.

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Riding the Age Wave

posted 10.31.2011

Gerontologist Ken Dychtwald believes that “the 21st century will be ruled by the old.”

In “Riding the Age Wave: How Health Care Can Stay Afloat,” from the October, 2011, issue of Caring magazine, he lays out a primer on the impacts of the longevity revolution and modern aging, including:

November is National Family Caregiver Month

posted 10.27.2011

Let’s survey the caregiving facts:

More than 65 million people in the United States provide care for chronically ill, disabled or aged family members or friends during any given year.

Those 65 million people spend 20 hours a week providing that care.

That care is valued at $375 billion a year, which is almost twice as much as is spent on homecare and nursing home services combined.

The Elder Justice Act Is Unfinished Business

posted 10.17.2011
By Bob Blancato It has been a year-and-a-half since the passage of the Elder Justice Act (EJA), the most comprehensive federal elder abuse prevention law in history. Yet passage alone means nothing unless it is adequately funded and properly implemented. The reality of elder abuse is all around us, and provided motivation to pass the law in 2010. But the extent of the problem only grows with...

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ASA Identified by Experts as a Top Nonprofit Working in the Field of Aging in the U.S.

posted 10.17.2011

In October 2011, we were honored to learn that a group of 88 experts identified American Society on Aging (ASA) as 1 of 13 high-impact nonprofits working in the field of aging in the U.S. Some of reviews experts had about our impact were:

“ASA has been the leading organization on aging services for over 50 years.”

“ASA is a great place to discuss any issues about aging with not only practioners but also researchers.”

First National Convening Looks at the Needs of LGBT Elders of Color

posted 10.05.2011

On October 12–13, 2011, GRIOT Circle, in collaboration with the POC Committee of the Leadership Council of ASA’s LGBT Aging Issues Network (LAIN), will bring together national leaders in aging for a first National Convening of its kind: highlighting the needs and concerns of LGBT elders of color, an historically and currently underserved population.

Helping Dentists to Detect Elder Abuse: A Curriculum Design Project

posted 09.29.2011
By Melanie Gironda Approximately 75 percent of all physical violence results in injuries to the head, neck, and-or mouth areas of the body, clearly visible to a dental team during exams. Yet among healthcare clinicians, dental providers are the least likely to report suspected abuse, according to a 1994 article by Virginia Tilden in the American Journal of Public Health. Changes in medical p...

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HAN Network News

posted 09.28.2011
By Debra Cherry Members of ASA’s Healthcare and Aging Network are being buffeted by the many changes happening in our health and long-term-care systems. The 2009 Affordable Care Act included many provisions that will change how we deliver healthcare, which not only have significant implications for today’s older adults and baby boomers, but also mean dramatic change for professionals ...

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Shining a Light on Young Caregivers

posted 09.21.2011

America's Only Youth Caregiving Group
Illumines a Silent Epidemic

By ASA Staff

It wasn’t until a therapist asked Connie Siskowski about her experience as a young caregiver to her beloved grandfather—if she thought it was normal thing for a kid to do—that Siskowski realized it wasn’t.

Early one morning, when she went to give her grandfather his medication, she found his lifeless body. Siskowski was only 13 years old.

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National Falls Prevention Awareness Day

Event Date: 
09.23.2011 (All day)
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(GMT-05:00) Eastern Time
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Join efforts to increase public awareness about how to prevent and reduce falls among older adults.

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National Falls Prevention Awareness Day is observed the first day of fall to promote and increase public awareness about how to prevent and reduce falls among older adults. Falls Prevention Awareness Day is September 23, 2011.

The National Council on Aging reports that falls are the leading cause of fatal injuries for Americans aged 65 and older. More than 18,000 older Americans die every year because of a fall, and the rate has risen dramatically over the last 10 years. The U.S. spends an estimated $28.2 billion annually on medical care related to falls; in 2008, falls were the leading cause of non-fatal injuries treated in emergency departments, with over 2.2 million older adults treated for fall-related injuries. For more information and ideas about how to participate visit

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