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Aging Today March–April 2020

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ASA announces new and continuing board leadership A SA is pleased to announce new and continuing membership of its Board of Directors for terms

stitute); Maria Henke , Senior Associate Dean of the University of Southern California Leonard Davis School of Gerontology; Brooke Hollister , Ph.D., Assistant Adjunct Profes- sor, Institute for Health and Aging, University of California, San Francisco; Daniel Lai , Ph.D., Chair Professor of Social Work and Gerontology, Head of the Department of Applied Social Science and Direc- tor of the Institute of Ac- tive Aging at the Hong Kong Polytechnic Univer- sity; Rebecca C. Morgan , J.D., Boston Asset Manag- er Chair in Elder Law, and Co-Director of the Center for Excellence in Elder

as Treasurer, and Deborah Royster, Esq ., CEO of Seabury Resources for Ag- ing, continues as a member of the Execu- tive Committee. There is one new Board member, whose term begins March 23, 2020: Amy Herr , Director, Health Policy, West Health Policy Center in Washington, D.C. Herr is an expert in state and federal health policy analysis focusing on long- term services and supports for older adults. She also co-chairs ASA’s Public Policy Committee. The following ASA Board members continue to serve in their existing terms: Ginna Baik , Senior Care Strategist, CDW Healthcare; Connie BentonWolfe , Pres- ident & CEO, Aging & In-Home Services of North East Indiana/Preferred Commu- nity Health Partners, LLC; Richard Browdie , M.B.A., Founder and Principal, Browdie Consulting; Dr. Yanira Cruz , President and CEO of the National His- panic Council on Aging; Paul Downey , CEO and President of Serving Seniors; Robert Espinoza , Vice President of Poli- cy, PHI (Paraprofessional Healthcare In- has made a significant contribution to training and education in the field of aging. The 2020 award goes to the National Center on Law and Elder Rights (NCLER) , which provides tools and resources to the legal services sector and to aging and disability communities, serving elders having the greatest eco- nomic and social needs. Launched in 2017, and administered by Justice in Aging through a contract with the Administration for Community Liv-

that begin or renew on March 23, 2020. We thank all of our new and continuing Boardmembers for their service and com- mitment, while we honor the many con- tributions of two Board members whose terms will be concluding. New ASA Board members are chosen by nomination of their peers, and each will serve a two-year term to begin in March 2020. The Board nomination pro- cess is open to all ASAmembers; an annu- al call for nominations is made each June through August. Michael Adams , CEO of SAGE, be- comes Chair of the Board. Lisa Gables , executive director of the Physician Assis- tants Foundation and interim CEO of the American Academy of Physician Assis- tants, becomes Chair-Elect, and Jean Accius , Ph.D., Senior Vice President, AARP Global Thought Leadership, con- tinues to serve as Secretary. Brian Duke , Systems Director, Senior Services at Main Line Health, begins a two-year term latemother, has worked diligently to bring attention to the efforts of male caregivers and, for more than 15 years, has facilitated an Alzheimer’s caregiver support group at his church. Bob Blancato is the winner of the 2020 ASAHall of Fame Award , present- ed to an individual who has, through a lifetime of advocacy and leadership, en- hanced the lives of elders through demon- strated leadership at the national level. Blancato has spent his career advocating on behalf of older adults, and is responsi- ble, in his past role as Chair of ASA’s Board of Directors, for ASA’s heightened role in aging policy and advocacy. Blancato, currently President ofWash- ington, D.C.–based Matz, Blancato and Associates, long has demonstrated clear national, regional and local leadership in advocacy, particularly in the areas of el- der justice and elder nutrition and food insecurity. He is the founder (and now National Coordinator) of the Elder Jus- tice Coalition, a 3,000-member biparti- san coalition; is Executive Director of the National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Program; and is National Coordinator of the Defeat Malnutrition Today coalition. Blancato spent more than 20 years serving in the Congressional and Execu- tive branches, including on the senior staff of the U.S. House Committee on Aging and as Executive Director of the 1995 White House Conference on Aging. His staunch advocacy to improve national policy in aging helped to increase Older Americans Act nutrition program fund- ing by more than $150 million; to ensure the 2010 passage of the Elder Justice Act; and to instill the coordination of medical care and LTSS components within the Affordable Care Act. The Gloria Cavanaugh Award for Excellence in Training and Education recognizes an individual or program that 2020 ASA Awards › continued from page 1

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Law, Stetson University College of Law; Scott Peifer , Founder and Principal, changeagents; Kevin Prindiville , J.D., Executive Director, Justice in Aging; Phil Stafford , Ph.D., retired Director of the Center on Aging and Community at the Indiana Institute on Disability and Com- munity; and Joyce Walker , M.S.S.A., Vice President of Community Develop- ment for PKManagement, LLC. In 2009, when North Carolina’s Bap- tist State Convention voted to assist the state’s growing population of older adults, Gregory was hired to oversee a new agency to put that assistance in mo- tion. Recently, Gregory has directed staff and community leaders in developing NCBAM’s elder outreach program, “One Hope: A Spiritual Response to Social Iso- lation and Loneliness.” Gregory also has partnered with North Carolina’s Office of State Fire Marshal, leading to more than $100,000 worth of smoke alarms being installed in elders’ homes, and worked with the National Fire Protec- tion Association to promote falls-preven- tion education. The Award for Excellence in Multi- cultural Aging recognizes organizations that have demonstrated high-quality, in- novative programs enhancing the lives of a multicultural aging population. The 2020 winner is the Age Friendly Seattle Coffee Hour program (www.seattle.gov/ agefriendly/events) in Seattle, Wash. For the past 13 years, Program Coordi- nator Lenny Orlov has led these Coffee Hours in Seattle neighborhoods to bring community elders and city officials to- gether to explore topics such as healthy aging, and legal and planning issues. Par- ticipants learn about the city’s program- ming and services and officials hear from older constituents. Coffee Hour attendance has grown in the past year, when the program was re- named (from Senior Coffee Hour), and when Orlov reached out to immigrant and refugee older adults in Seattle’s Vietnam- ese-, Russian- and Amharic-speaking (Ethiopian) communities, offering lan- guage interpretation in Vietnamese, Khmer, Russian and Amharic. To accom- modate overflow attendance, Orlov live- streams the Coffee Hour presentations on Facebook, projecting them into an addi- tional meeting space, and he also distrib- utes the presentation links via email, YouTube and social media.

The ASA Nominating Committee and the ASA Board deeply appreciate and gratefully acknowledge Board members Karyne Jones, President and CEO of the National Caucus and Center on Black Aging, Inc., and outgoingASABoardChair, and KarenKolb Flude , Founder and Prin- cipal of Age With Ease, who will complete their terms and leave Board service after March 23, 2020. n The MentalHealthandAgingAward recognizes outstanding programs and services in mental health and aging. The 2020 winner is Jill D. Bader , a marriage and family therapist in Seattle, Wash., who does direct service work with older adults and has volunteered in leadership positions within ASA’s Mental Health and Aging Network (MHAN). Bader for years chaired the edi- torial board of MHAN’s newsletter, Dimensions , and wrote extensively for the publication, which, under her leadership, published cutting-edge work on aspects of behavioral health and older adults. She employed her professional relation- ships to recruit authors and cultivate top- ics that spoke to underserved audiences, as well as those audiences with culturally diverse backgrounds. Through her work on Dimensions , Bader raised awareness of mental health issues among the ASA membership community. The Graduate Student Research Award is given to spur academic and clin- ical interest in the field of aging, and re- wards the best unpublished graduate research paper on a completed project rel- evant to aging and applicable to practice. The 2020 winner is Shubam Sharma , a doctoral candidate in Developmental Psy- chology at the University of Florida, in Gainesville, for her dissertation, “Life Challenges and Resilience: Personality Continuity Relates to Current Positive Self-Functioning in Older Adulthood.” Sharma’s paper highlights how resilience can be fostered in older adulthood and in- vestigates factors and internal resources that promote elder resilience, such as per- ceived personality continuity, or how nar- rating life with a sense of purpose can be adaptive for older adults contending with life challenges. n Coffee Hour attendance has grown in the past year.

In the past 3 years, thousands have used NCLER’s online training.

ing, the NCLER ( ncler.acl.gov ) has made a lasting impact on the law and aging net- work by providing free training and one- on-one technical assistance to a network of more than 33,000 participants. NCLER has produced more than 75 free webi- nars (and accompanying, widely available written guides) on topics ranging from elder justice to Medicaid long-term care. More than 55,000 people have participat- ed in the past three years in NCLER’s on- line training. The Religion, Spirituality and Aging Award recognizes outstanding individ- uals, programs and services in religion, spirituality and aging, in an effort to in- spire more spiritual exploration with- in the aging services field. Sandy C. Gregory , 2020 winner of the award, is founding director of the North Caro- lina Baptist Aging Ministry (NCBAM), and has built a statewide ministry (sup- ported by 4,300 churches) that inter- sects daily with government agencies, nonprofits and private corporations and provides innovative services to North Carolina’s older adults. NCBAM is work- ing statewide on disaster preparedness, as well |as education on medication management, caregiving, healthy aging and advance planning.

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