“Planning for Aging” is Taking Off

One of the most exciting developments in the livable communities movement is the increasing collaboration between aging professionals and planners—professionals who shape the form and function of future communities. Some incredible progress was made on this front at the 2018 Livable Communities for All Ages (LCA) Summit in San Francisco March 29. Over two hundred planners and aging professionals experienced what this cross-sector planning looks like and committed to collaborating better moving forward. The summit, which took place at the …

Job Growth Slows in March but Employment Indicators for the 55+ Hold Steady

  Employment Overview The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) March Employment Situation Summary showed that after a strong February with the strongest jobs growth since July 2016, hiring slowed down in March. The economy added 103,000 jobs and the labor force participation rate was down slightly at 62.9 percent.  For the sixth consecutive month, the overall unemployment rate was 4.1 percent. Meanwhile, many employment indicators for those ages 55 and older remained unchanged from February.  The unemployment rate for people …

People, Professionals and Public Health Take Cognitive Aging Head-On

This blog is part of a daily online report from ASA, where AARP’s policy and research experts and thought leaders are sharing fresh perspectives and insights, identifying innovative trends, and providing cutting-edge data, research and commentary. Read more here. The music of the 80’s and 90’s rock band Blondie blasted throughout the meeting hall in anticipation of the American Society on Aging’s (ASA) riveting conference session on cognitive brain health about to get underway. Attendees hustled to their seats to …

Diversity Within: Conference Session Illuminates Asian American and Pacific Islander Study

The city of San Francisco, the setting for the American Society on Aging’s (ASA) Aging in America Conference, is all about diversity. More than a third (34%) of the total population in San Francisco is Asian/Pacific Islander (according to the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey), and even within that community, diversity is the key word. In fact, diversity within the Asian community is true across America as well. The ASA conference presented a rich opportunity to share recent findings from …

Leadership Longevity Awards: AARP’s Public Policy Institute Recognized for Ad Council Campaign Featuring Male Caregivers

It was a night of celebration from the moment the 15th Annual Longevity Leadership Awards got underway Wednesday evening at the Golden Gate Yacht Club in San Francisco, where the American Society on Aging’s (ASA) annual conference is happening. As this year’s six awardees were announced, the Golden Gate Bridge shimmered off the bay in the sunset. AARP’s Public Policy Institute (PPI) took honors in garnering the award for Leadership Media & Innovation for its collaboration withAARP Media and the …

Building an Age Friendly U.S.: Good Ideas Have No Borders

The American Society on Aging’s (ASA) annual conference got off to a roaring start Monday as an expected 3,000 attendees from around the world descended upon San Francisco to foster greater collaboration and sharing of advances in supporting an ever-expanding aging population. The ASA Chairs’ Lecture, and one of the conference’s first sessions, featured Stephanie Firestone, Senior Strategic Policy Advisor for AARP International, along with four renowned experts on age friendly issues. Moderated by John Feather, CEO of Grant Makers …