Aging Today September–October 2019




smooth process, as with all things techno- logical, there were a fewhiccups along the way, and we truly appreciate how mem- bers handled the change and had patience with us throughout the process. If you still find yourself running into troubles with Impexium, please contact Keith Kuo at 415-974-9604 ( kkuo@asag ) or Jutka Mandoki at 415-974- 9630 (j ). As always, staff will be available to assist on our cus- tomer service line at 800-537-9728 or at . Our customer support business hours are 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. (Eastern). Atlanta to Host AiA 2020 I am excited as we gear up for the 2020 Aging in America (AiA) Conference, to be held inAtlanta, Ga.,March 24–27 (which is Tues.–Fri.), at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta. As a minority-majority city (according to 2018 Census statistics, Atlanta’s popu- ASA’s new strategic plan will multiply ASA’s impact as the ‘go to’ national organization for professionals in the aging services sector. lation is 52.3 percent African American versus 40.1 percent white), Atlanta is a particularly apropos city to host our next Conference, as the 2020 theme is “Aging 2020: Examining the Needs of Today’s Diverse Older Adults.” This thriving me- tropolis will put our work into historical perspective, demonstrating how far we have come as a nation and as a field, but also highlighting the path ahead to better serve diverse elders. AiA 2020 will highlight issues that af- fect America’s increasingly diverse older adult population, and examine social con- structs such as ageism, racism, sexism and heterosexism. It will highlight inno- vative programming, practices, proven business models and global ideas that make life better for the elders we serve. This should be an inspiring confluence of location and population in which to host our Conference. Despite the recent media frenzy over the citizenship question, Census 2020 will happen, and will help to focus attention on America’s changing demographics. Then there’s that other event happening in 2020, namely the presidential election, which, along with the Census, will offer ASA a chance to elevate policies, legisla- tion and agendas beneficial to older adults. Please plan to join us in Atlanta, and while you’re there, use the new hashtag, #Aging2020 , and use it liberally when on social media at or after the Conference. Conference registration opens Oct. 1 and the best rates possible will be available in that month, so sign up early! n Today articles and to guest commentar- ies, which present the opinions of their authors and not necessarily those of the American Society on Aging. Letters should be no more than 350 words long. We also welcome ideas for articles you would like to see in future issues of Aging Today .  mail Aging Today, “Letters” 575 Market St., Suite 2100 San Francisco, CA 94105-2869  fax (415) 974-0300  e-mail WRITE TO US We welcome your responses both to Aging

American Society on Aging Aging Today (issn 1067-8379) is published bimonthly by the American Society on Aging. Articles may be reproduced by those obtaining written permission. Postmaster: Send address changes to Aging Today, ASA, 575 Market Street, Suite 2100, San Fran- cisco, CA 94105-2869. Phones: editorial (415) 974-9619; advertising (415) 974-9600; or visit . For membership or other information about ASA, call (415) 974-9600, fax (415) 974-0300 or visit . Subscription Price: individual non- members: $74.00/year (included with annual membership); nonmember institu- tions/libraries: $110.00/year. Subscription Aging Today is indexed in the Cumula- tive Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature and the Areco Quarterly Index to Periodical Literature on Aging. Printed in the U.S.A. © 2018 American Society on Aging. All rights reserved. The American Society on Aging (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. Chair, Robert Espinoza, Vice President of Policy, PHI, Bronx, New York Immediate Past Chair: Robyn L. Golden, Director of Health and Aging, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois Donna Benton, Director, USC FCSC/ LACRCA, Los Angeles, California Diane Brown, Executive Director, Medicare Strategy & Operations, Kaiser Permanente Northern California, Oakland, California Paul Greenwood, Elder Abuse Expert Witness and Teacher/Consultant, San Diego, California Anne Montgomery, Deputy Director, Center for Elder Care & Advanced Illness, Altarum, Washington, D.C. Kathy Sykes, Retired, Senior Advisor for Aging and Environmental Health, U.S. EPA, Washington, D.C. Laura Trejo, General Manager, Los Angeles Department of Aging, Los Angeles, California Peter Whitehouse, Professor of Neurology, Case Western Reserve University; and President, Intergenerational Schools International, Shaker Heights, Ohio agency rate (institutional rate only): $94.00/year. ASA Interim CEO: Cynthia D. Banks ASA Board Chair: Karyne Jones Editor: Alison Hood Senior Editor: Alison Biggar Design & Production: Michael Zipkin | Lucid Design EDITORIAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE

ASA transitions and Atlanta, here we come!

menting the recently adopted Strategic Plan. It is meant to multiply ASA’s impact as the “go to” national organization for professionals in the aging services sector and the older adults they serve by expand- ing ASA’s leadership role in the field, growing ASA membership, being a leader in diversity and inclusion and establishing ASA as a leading policy advocacy voice for older Americans. My hope is that this transition is both smooth and productive, in that I can be guiding ASA staff in doing their impor- tant work to support older adults and ASA members, while assisting Board of Direc- tors Chair Karyne Jones and Chair-Elect Michael Adams, who heads the Search Committee, to find and select a newPresi- dent and CEO for ASA. Speaking of transitions, also in late May ASA transitioned to a new association management system called Impexium. The new system is designed to manage all membership and education program- ming, as well as other business activities. The user interface is simpler and more user-friendly for members, and transac- tions are quicker, easier, more reliable and better able to accommodate multiple elec- tronic devices. Although it was a relatively AssociationManagement System Up and Running

By Cynthia D. Banks | ASA Interim CEO A lthough times of transition can be trying, I’m

honored to have been asked this past May to step in as ASA’s Interim CEO, upon Bob Stein’s departure after 12 years at ASA’s helm. Recently

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retired after 15 years from my position as Director, Los Angeles County Depart- ment of Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services, I also served as a Board of Supervisors appointed member-at-large for the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board and, in 1995, received the West End YWCA Woman of Achievement in the area of womens rights. Having served on the ASA Board of Di- rectors and chaired its Strategic Planning Committee, and having worked with ASA for six years during my 15 years in the aging sector—it is a privilege to help ASA through this time. Also, Stein continues on temporarily in an advisory capacity to help with the transition. I look forward to assisting the talented ASA senior staff, such as Chief Operating Officer Robert Lowe and Vice President of Education Carole Anderson, in imple-

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