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Advocacy for Older Americans

Let’s be clear at the outset that we believe that change, considerable change, is needed to ensure happy lives for America’s elderly.  The elderly need rights, protections, and trustworthy businesses that place value first.  Our national policy needs reexamination.  We further believe that time is of the essence.  America is facing a demographic wave of aging citizens.

Our vision is one of fulfillment, empowerment, and human dignity throughout the full span of human life.  Our task is not an easy one.  But a journey cannot be completed unless that first step is taken.  Active Aging Advocates allows you to participate in taking that first step… and the next… and the next.  Together we can move the mountain.

  • The biggest challenge is the cost of healthcare in America, much of which is devoted to eldercare, with scant evidence that health outcomes are proportionately better than elsewhere. 

  • A second challenge is the failure to recognize adequately the reduced cognition that accompanies aging and that renders the elderly susceptible to questionable decisions.  The legal presumption is that people retain full judgmental capacity until there is a formal declaration of legal incompetency by a court of law. 

  • A third challenge is the absence of effective financial oversight for senior housing providers (and Continuing Care at Home providers) who accept substantial entry fees but do not assure fulfillment of contractual commitments as is required of other industries such as life and annuity insurance. 

  • A fourth challenge is the absence of resident empowerment in those senior housing projects for which the resident entry fees provide the bulk of the ownership equity capital without the perquisites of ownership.

Active Aging Advocates is committed to addressing each of these challenges to the full extent of our resources.  Additional challenge areas will be added as they come to light and to the extent that we can add to what other advocacy organizations are able to accomplish.

 

Where We Stand

Stewardship and the American Dream

Accounting and the Need for Financial Responsibility and Accountability: the Case of CCRC Entry Fee Accounting

Governance, Board Responsibility,  and Executive Compensation

Healthcare Challenge

Senior Housing Resident Rights Challenge

Financial Soundness Challenge

Empowerment Challenge

Rights Challenge

Advocacy Approaches: Entrepreneurial Innovation and Disruption; Litigation; and Legislation

Adovacy Initiatives: Membership/Ownership; Bill of Rights; Model Laws; Consumer Guides and Tools

What We Face

We are dedicated to improving and enriching the lives of people as they grow older.  Our aim is to allow people to remain an intrinsic part of the social fabric throughout their lives.  No one should be forced into a situation of dependency and vulnerability unless there is no other option. 

There is a large existing commercial structure of corporations, private businesses, professional practices, tax exempt organizations, and government agencies (Federal, state, and local) organized to serve the elderly.  Nevertheless, tales of elder abuse and exploitation surface regularly in the press.  Moreover, it can be appalling to visit an eldercare facility to experience the depression and hopelessness which are daily accompaniments to life’s final years.

Despite the large array of resources targeting the elderly, there is need for improvement and opportunity for reform.  That means that there must be change and the existing structure is a comfortable one which is inherently resistant to change.  People who build careers in elder services are comfortable with their positions and fearful of alternatives. But the status quo is not working well.  

   

 

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Adminstration:  Active Aging Advocates, 2855 Carlsbad Blvd., N116, Carlsbad, CA 92008

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