ASA is the essential resource to cultivate leadership, advance knowledge, and strengthen the skills of those who work with, and on behalf of, older adults.

Text Resize

-A +A
Watch Leadership in the Field of Aging: Past, Present and Future

Membership Directory

Find ASA members in your area or who share your interest area. Enter a name or click on the magnifying glass to start your search.

The aging of America will impact nearly every aspect of our society: from the structure and function of healthcare, to the role of financial planning, to urban design, to the training of social workers. These shifts represent both massive challenges and enormous opportunities. What kind of leadership is required to orchestrate the transformation to an aged society? What skills, competencies and personal traits must 21st century leaders in the field of gerontology possess? What does a great leader do, and how do they learn to do it? What new abilities are required for effective aging-related leadership in the 21st century?


Ken Dychtwald, PhD, is President and CEO of Age Wave and a noted author, researcher, film-maker and frequent expert speaker. Ken and his wife, Maddy, were recipients of the 2016 Esalen Prize, which honors individuals whose outstanding achievements have brought about social transformation through realizing human potential. Ken is also one of the “Top 50 Influencers in Aging” identified by Next Avenue.

Note: Access to this video is password-restricted to participants in the 2017 Leadership Institute. For questions, contact Krista Brown, ASA’s Director of Education.


posted on 12.19.2016

A large and diverse cross-section of older Americans, their caregivers, and the public at large are looking for greater control at the end of life,...  Read More

posted on 12.09.2016

As ASA members are increasingly in the position to identify, recommend and implement technology-based solutions for clients, families and...  Read More