ASA Meets in New Orleans
The annual conference of the American Society on Aging begins today, April 15th, and continues through April 18th, in New Orleans. Health Benefits ABCs and the International Association for Indigenous Aging (IA2) will be represented by Bill Benson, who will speak several times at the conference.
He will be part of the opening plenary session on April 15th, Raising Our Voice: ASA Public Policy Town Hall Meeting. Benson will address current federal policy issues concerning elder abuse. The Town Hall will also address Medicare and homelessness issues.
On Tuesday, April 16th, Benson speaks twice, first at the session, Medicare and Medicaid Coverage Policy: A Critical Behavioral Health Issue and then at a session entitled Seven Habits of Highly Effective Consultants, which is presented by the ASA CAPs initiative.
On Wednesday, April 17th, he will represent IA2 at the session Starting Conversations about Dementia in Indian Country: A Public Health Roadmap. Benson joins CDC’s Lisa McGuire, the Alzheimer’s Association’s John Shean and their consultant Mike Splaine, and ASTHO’s Kelsey Donnellan, to introduce the newly released Healthy Brain Initiative’s Road Map for Indian Country; IA2 was involved in its development. Kelsey Donnellan of ASTHO will present the just released communications materials for Indian country concerning the link between healthy hearts and healthy minds that were developed by IA2. Benson will speak again at the closing plenary session, The National Forum on Politics and Aging on April 18th. The Forum is based upon the Winter 2018-2019 edition of ASA’s journal Generations, which among several thoughtful articles, featured Benson’s article, “Reflections on Aging Advocacy – and Imperatives for Its Future.”