Founded in 1954 as the Western Gerontological Society, the American Society on Aging is an association of diverse individuals bound by a common goal: to support the commitment and enhance the knowledge and skills of those who seek to improve the quality of life of older adults and their families. The membership of ASA is multidisciplinary and inclusive of professionals who are concerned with the physical, emotional, social, economic and spiritual aspects of aging.
No other organization in the field of aging represents the diversity of settings and professional disciplines reached by ASA. Our 6000 members and stakeholders are practitioners, educators, administrators, policymakers, business people, researchers, and students.
The field of aging is diverse and highly skilled in the issues and opportunities facing older adults. As a result, the quality of life of older adults is enhanced.
ASA is the essential resource to cultivate leadership, advance knowledge, and strengthen the skills of our members and others who work with, and on behalf of, older adults.
By 2020, ASA members (and those they influence) will:
Over the next five years, ASA will achieve greater financial sustainability by delivering ongoing value to its members and its partner organizations.
ASA will seize the opportunity to lead as the “field of aging” evolves to include many more individuals and organizations that need to interact effectively with older adults and their families in a wider variety of ways. ASA will capitalize on the emerging ways people interact with a “membership organization” due to changes in values, adoption of new technology, and the demands of people’s professional lives.
This Strategic Plan has three primary goals:
These goals will be achieved by pursuing the following strategic priorities:
Visions are values projected to the future, and this Strategic Plan brings to life the shared values within the ASA community to build a sustainable organization to support professionals in aging and related fields. With members, thought leaders, subject/content experts, a strong staff and governing body leadership—ASA will ensure its seat at the national (and global) table in the evolving field of aging for another six decades and beyond. Thank you to all who left an imprint on this plan.
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