Aging Today November–December 2019




A longer-term goal is to define and im- plement a diversity, equity and inclusion vision and strategy for the ASA Board, staff and membership. By 2024, ASA wants to train 70 percent of staff, the Board and Constituent Group leaders in this curriculum. To further bolster ASA’s role and voice as one of the nation’s leading aging-sector advocates, ASA will expand member en- gagement in public policy development and advocacy; and further shape the ad- vocacy message and mission via member input and Public Policy Committee work- group efforts. ASA also will continue to partner with other organizations on pub- lic policy pushes. See this space for regular progress up- dates on the Strategic Plan—we are com- mitted to and energized about moving ASA into a brand-new era of service, edu- cation and advocacy! Summer 2019 saw numerous calls for ac- tion and other advocacy pushes emanat- ing from ASA’s Public Policy Committee, co-chaired by Serving Seniors President/ CEO and ASA Board member Paul Downey and Director of Health Policy, West Health Policy Center, Amy Herr. The Committee urged ASA members to write to their elected officials in Con- gress, asking them to sign the Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act—legis- lation to encourage developers to build much needed affordable, rent-controlled housing that could create or preserve 1.3 million affordable homes across the com- ing decade. The Committee also asked ASA members to contact legislators about reauthorization of the Older Americans Act, a vital support of many programs that help to maintain elders’ well-being and quality of life. ASA has joined SAGE in speaking out against the erosion of healthcare civil rights put forward by the Trump Admin- istration with its proposed altering of ACA regulations around gender, limited- English proficiency and disabilities. Ac- cess to healthcare is critically important for older adults and, because ASA opposes discrimination of any kind against any community, its Public Policy Committee is against these rule changes. The Committee publicly thanked Sen. Chuck Grassley (R−IA) for his intention to introduce legislation that would update and extend the Elder Justice Act. Elder mistreatment affects 1 in 10 older adults in America and ASA is gratified to have Sen. Grassley’s support in this area. As ASA staff, Board and volunteers work diligently to implement the new Strategic Plan, I salute all our members who have taken a stand on advocacy is- sues, and who will continue, with civility and respect, to fight the good fight! n WRITE TO US We welcome your responses both to Aging 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 A Busy Summer for Public Policy Action

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A new era: ASA standing stronger than ever for diversity and advocacy

and staff five years to complete goals cen- tered on leadership, membership, diversi- ty, equity and inclusion, and public policy and advocacy. What follows are some of the goals and intended outcomes, keeping in mind the Plan is, as of this writing, a living document. Under the leadership rubric, ASA will continue cultivating and strengthening the skills of leaders in the field of aging. Using its network of experienced leaders for inspiration, ASA will tell their stories in Aging Today and on our website (members will be surveyed for their sug- gestions on these leadership profiles). The goal, to be completed in 2019−20, is to achieve a minimum 10 percent increase in members’ knowledge of leadership attri- butes and skillsets. ASA also will develop alliances with traditional and non-traditional aging or- ganizations, including first responders and private-sector leaders, with the aim of aligning organizational goals to better serve older adults. The ASA membership model will be enhanced, modernized and reframed to championandconveymessages andcauses to attract broader membership diversity. The intent is to develop a solid value prop- osition for ASA’s business model—one that will demonstrate ASA’s ability to promote and support careers in the aging sector.

By Karyne Jones

T he topic of Ame­ rica’s increasing diversity figures large in the nation’s news media and politics. Which means ASA’s 2020 Aging in America (AiA) Conference theme, “Ex- amining the Needs of

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Today’s Diverse Older Adults,” is on point. This important annual gathering will be held in Atlanta, a city known for its diver- sity, and as the birthplace of Martin Lu- ther King, Jr. Beyond racial and cultural diversity, AiA, which runs from March 24−27, will highlight the social constructs of ageism, racism, sexism and heterosexism, plus outlooks on positive and creative aging. The Hyatt Regency Atlanta (on famous Peachtree Street) is AiA’s conference headquarters, and I hope to see you all there (before you go, and while attending, please use hashtag #Aging2020). ASA’s New Strategic Plan Takes Off The ASA Board in March approved its Strategic Plan for Oct. 1, 2019, to Sept. 30, 2024, giving the Board, ASA leadership

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