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GIA has a new address

posted Wed, Nov 7, 2018

MA Healthy Aging Data Report: Funded by Tufts Health Plan Fdn

posted Tue, Dec 11, 2018

The 2018 Massachusetts Healthy Aging Data Report is a comprehensive examination of the health of older people in the Commonwealth, offering detailed profiles of every city and town, maps and other tools to understand healthy aging trends and disparities throughout the state. Prepared by a research team at the Gerontology Institute at the John W. McCormack Graduate School at the University of Massachusetts Boston, the report was funded by Tufts Health Plan Foundation. Highlights were shared at a meeting of the Governor’s Council to Address Aging in Massachusetts.

Marin County age-friendly initiatives reshape lives, communities

posted Mon, Nov 26, 2018   by Marin Independent Journal

Sausalito took the top prize in a worldwide contest this year for its initiatives that help seniors stay in their homes. Along with Porto, Portugal, and Barcelona, Spain, the World Health Organization and Grantmakers In Aging recognized Sausalito in the Innovation@Home contest which sought examples of housing models that can help people live longer and more safely in their communities.

Next Avenue: The Burgeoning Trend Of Age-Friendly States

posted Wed, Nov 21, 2018   by Next Avenue

This article from Next Avenue explores efforts to make entire states age-friendly -- work supported by GIA members such as Tufts Health Plan Foundation, Rose Community Foundation, Health Foundation of Western and Central New York, and others! "So far, New York, Massachusetts and Colorado have been granted the age-friendly state designation by AARP, joining AARP’s new Network of Age-Friendly States. Other states, such as New Hampshire, Rhode Island (which has the highest proportion of residents over 85), New Jersey, Tennessee, North Carolina and Oregon may follow."

GIA members form Civica RX nonprofit drug company

posted Mon, Nov 12, 2018   by Peterson Center on Healthcare

To address the critical risks posed to patients from chronic shortages and rising prices of life-saving generic medications, three national foundations committed $30 million to help establish Civica Rx, a new not-for-profit generic drug company. The Laura and John Arnold Foundation joined GIA members the Peterson Center on Healthcare and the Gary and Mary West Foundation, each committing $10 million, joining seven large U.S. hospital systems representing approximately 500 U.S. hospitals as governing members of Civica Rx.

Winners Announced in Age-friendly Housing Contest

posted Mon, Oct 29, 2018

To identify successful age-friendly housing innovations and encourage their dissemination, Grantmakers In Aging (GIA) and the WHO Global Network for Age-Friendly Cities and Communities (GNAFCC) launched Innovation@Home -- a competition and call for international age-friendly housing practices. The Innovation@Home winners were announced at the 2018 International Technical Meeting on Ageing at Home, in Québec City, Canada. For the contest winners list, please see bit.ly/GIA_AF_Housing

John Feather interviewed on WYPL Memphis

posted Fri, Sep 21, 2018

Speaking with Sunny Ross, host of the beloved show "Senior Focus" on WYPL TV 18, Memphis Public Libraries TV, John Feather talks about the GIA Annual Conference and why it's in Memphis this year, his career in aging, and ReFraming Aging.

SAGE, Alzheimer's Assoc publish LGBT and Dementia Issues Guide

posted Wed, Sep 19, 2018   by Issues Brief: LGBT and Dementia

LGBT older people who receive a dementia diagnosis face a particularly challenging set of circumstances, including health disparities such as diabetes and high blood pressure, which increase the risk of developing Alzheimer’s and other dementias, and disproportionately high levels of social isolation and stigmatization as they age, making it difficult to find support. This comprehensive new Issues Brief published by SAGE and the Alzheimer's Association offers background and recommendations.

Hurricane Florence and older people: How to help

posted Fri, Sep 14, 2018   by Lutheran Services Carolinas

Lutheran Services Carolinas - the local branch of GIA member Lutheran Services of America - leads relief and long-term recovery efforts in times of major disasters and works with local and national partners to ensure people and communities are able to rebuild.

9th Int'l Conference on Ageing Research and Geriatric Medicine 2019

posted Tue, Aug 28, 2018   by Euroscicon

The 9th International Conference on Ageing Research and Geriatric Medicine takes as its theme "Innovations in Elderly Care Practices for Promoting Healthy Ageing" and will be held 22nd -23rd April 2019 in London. Focus on senescence, aging demographics, and social theories of Gerontology, Biogerontology, Environmental Gerontology, Life extension science (anti-aging medicine), Experimental Gerontology, Geroscience and Biomedical Gerontology. This conference will be a platform for Gerontologists include researchers and practitioners in the fields of biology, nursing, medicine, dentistry, social work, physical and occupational therapy, psychology, psychiatry, sociology, economics, political science, architecture, geography, pharmacy, public health, housing, and anthropology.

John Feather in Health Affairs: Rural Mobility is a SDOH Social Determinant of Health

posted Thu, Aug 2, 2018   by Health Affairs GrantWatch

John Feather blogs for Health Affairs GrantWatch on the role of technology in improving mobility and therefore health for people in rural America, whether they are older, cannot drive, or lack access to good transportation options.

Dianne Oliver of West End Home Fdn on GIA membership

posted Thu, Jul 12, 2018   by Southeast Council of Foundations

John Feather blogs for Meeting of the Minds: Age-friendly communities

posted Wed, Jun 13, 2018   by Meeting of the Minds blog

John Feather writes for the Meeting of the Minds blog on the economic, policy, and community benefits of creating age-friendly communities. Meeting of the Minds brings together urban sustainability and technology leaders to share knowledge and build lasting alliances.

John Feather blogs: Inside Philanthropy on Rural Mobility

posted Tue, May 22, 2018

Mobility—the power to move and travel—is a critical social determinant of health and wellbeing, both for individuals, whose quality of life and ability to age in place may hang in the balance, and for communities, where good transportation options are inseparable from economic growth and development. With so much at stake, it is unfortunate that few funders consider the state of mobility in the places where they invest. John Feather blogs in Inside Philanthropy about the opportunities for funders to learn about new technology-driven opportunities to make a huge difference in quality of life in rural communities.

John A. Hartford Foundation 2018 Business Innovation Award

posted Fri, May 18, 2018   by The John A. Hartford Foundation

GIA: Mobility & Aging in Rural America: Role for Innovation

posted Wed, May 16, 2018

Many of us take our mobility for granted, but for millions of people in rural America, transportation can be inaccessible, unaffordable, or simply unavailable. A new report from Grantmakers In Aging (GIA), Mobility & Aging in Rural America: The Role for Innovation: An Introduction for Funders explores exciting possibilities for collaboration across the philanthropy, social services, and technology sectors to improve quality of life and empower millions of people of all ages and abilities in rural America. Support for this research came from the May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust, Tivity Health, St. David's Foundation, and the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) Foundation.

Gary & Mary West ED accredited as one of 8 geriatric EDs in US

posted Wed, May 16, 2018

UC San Diego Health’s Gary and Mary West Emergency Department in La Jolla has been accredited as one of eight emergency departments in the nation by the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP). The accreditation is the first of its kind and is part of an effort to improve the quality and standards of emergency care provided to the nation’s older patients. It builds upon the foundational work and support of the Gary and Mary West Health Institute and The John A. Hartford Foundation to enhance geriatric emergency care across the country.

Tufts Health Plan Fdn: $250K to Age-Friendly Massachusetts

posted Thu, May 10, 2018

Tufts Health Plan Foundation is investing $250,000 over the next five years to accelerate Massachusetts’ age-friendly efforts. The announcement came during the AARP Massachusetts 2018 Volunteer Engagement Conference, where Governor Charlie Baker also released the initial blueprint of recommendations by the Governor’s Council to Address Aging in Massachusetts. Tufts Health Plan Foundation is the only regional funder focused solely on healthy aging, supporting efforts to build communities that thrive and work for people of all ages. More than 100 Massachusetts communities—in rural, suburban and urban areas—have already adopted policies and practices to make their cities and towns better places for all residents, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation or socioeconomic background.

GIA Releases Rural Mobility Funding Guide

posted Mon, May 7, 2018

Mobility & Aging in Rural America: The Role for Innovation: An Introduction for Funders is a general introduction tailored for funders but useful for anyone. This paper offers insights about what’s already working and what is possible from the perspective of providers and thought leaders. It does not require a background in technology or aging. Published in connection with the Beyond Here & There rural mobility summit, o-hosted by GIA and CITRIS and the Banatao Institute, May 2-3, 2018, on the campus of University of California Berkeley.

GIA Webinar 5.9: Engaging Older Volunteers to Serve Children and Youth

posted Fri, Apr 20, 2018   by Grantmakers In Aging

Join us for the next Conversations with GIA webinar: "Experienced Helping Hands: Engaging Older Volunteers to Serve Children and Youth." The benefits are exponential when the talents of older adults are leveraged in service to the younger population. Older adults have a lifetime of experience and skills to share and as they engage in their communities, they report improvements in overall health. Presenters: Trent Stamp, CEO, The Eisner Foundation; Michelle Hynes, Strategic Director, Program Development, Encore.org. Moderator: John Feather Ph.D., CEO, Grantmakers In Aging. Sponsored by The John A. Hartford Foundation.

GIA Launches Updated All Together Funding Guide

posted Wed, Apr 18, 2018   by All Together: GIA's Comprehensive Guide to Funding in Aging

GIA is proud to announce the launch of All Together: GIA’s Comprehensive Guide to Funding in Aging. Completely re-designed and updated, the All Together guide offers an indispensable digital resource for grantmakers in all fields who are looking for innovative ways to address the opportunities associated with our aging communities and nation. This represents the 3rd edition and 20th Anniversary of what used to be called For All Ages: GIA’s Guide to Funding Across the Lifespan. Thanks to Archstone Foundation for the generous support that made this new Guide possible.

STRIA News on ReFraming Aging

posted Mon, Apr 9, 2018

The new news service, STRIA News, covers ReFraming Aging in a piece by Bob Rosenblatt that quotes GIA Board Chair Ann Monroe: “What Frameworks did was look at the landscape and give us the tools to reshape not only our communications in the field but public attitudes and beliefs. Now we need to take it out on the road.”

AARP Blog: Good Age-friendly Ideas Have No Borders

posted Fri, Mar 30, 2018   by AARP Blog

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 in Aging, the distinguished panel identified best practices and lessons learned from how other countries are implementing ways to create age-friendly communities.

Webinar 4/19: When Hospitals Deliver More than Health Care

posted Fri, Mar 30, 2018

How do health systems translate understanding about the social determinants of health into action and impact? ProMedica, a nonprofit health system serving 27 counties in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan has a strategic focus on the social determinants of health (SDOH). ProMedica currently screens patients to determine if they have food, housing and other basic needs, has pioneered a food clinic (prescribing food as medicine), operates in inner-city grocery store, bought and sold a hotel and sparked economic reinvestment in Toledo by moving 1,000 jobs downtown. Join GIA and GIA for a conversation with Randy Oostra, ProMedica President and CEO.

Deadline 5/15: Age-friendly Housing Contest from GIA and WHO

posted Wed, Mar 14, 2018

The Innovation@Home competition is seeking examples of housing initiatives that foster healthy and active ageing. Age-friendly housing enables older people’s basic needs to be met so that they can continue to learn and grow, stay mobile, build and maintain relationships, and contribute to their community. Deadline EXTENDED to April 15, 2018.

Proof that Positive Age Beliefs Can Protect Against Dementia

posted Fri, Feb 9, 2018   by PLOS ONE

A recent study now offers proof that positive age beliefs can have a substantial impact on a person’s risk of developing dementia. The study's results show a 50% reduced risk among older adults with a positive attitude toward aging compared to those with negative age beliefs. This statistic includes those who carry the ε4 variant of the APOE gene, which is one of the strongest known risk factors for the disease. These findings help make the case for implementing public health campaigns against ageism to combat negative age beliefs.

A Quest to Become Dementia-Friendly

posted Mon, Feb 5, 2018   by U.S. News & World Report

Many communities are looking for insight on becoming more accessible to people with dementia and their caregivers. This article from U.S. News & World Report looks at Minnesota's ACT on Alzheimer's, a model for those seeking to establish dementia- and Alzheimer's-friendly communities. Already adopted by a number of states across the country, the initiative seeks to equip communities with tools to accommodate residents with dementia. The article also looks at the impact of specific dementia-focused changes to public spaces in destigmatizing cognitive impairments, making the community more friendly to people of all abilities.

John Feather: Beyond Addiction: How Older People are Forgotten in the Opioid Crisis

posted Wed, Jan 17, 2018   by The Huffington Post

In his latest blog for the Huffington Post, GIA CEO John Feather discusses how the opioid crisis affects people of all ages, but the needs of rural communities and older people are getting overlooked. How philanthropies can get involved.

AARP Purpose Prize: Nominations close March 6, 2018

posted Wed, Jan 3, 2018   by AARP

The AARP Purpose Prize is the only national award in the United States that celebrates people 50 and older who are using their life experience to make a difference. Through the Purpose Prize, AARP celebrates the creativity, innovation and inspiration that life experience brings. Each year, five winners receive $50,000 each to celebrate their achievements and broaden the scope of their work. Included within the AARP Purpose Prize is the Andrus Prize for Intergenerational Excellence, celebrating the legacy of AARP’s founder, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, who was an innovative educator and social change agent. It recognizes work that brings multiple generations together for a better community.

Alzheimer’s Impact on Rural Health is Prompting Innovation

posted Tue, Jan 2, 2018   by RAC Monitor

There is a compelling need for new models of care and caregiving for people living with Alzheimer's and other dementias in rural places. Rural healthcare isn’t sitting back waiting for things to change in policy; instead they have been creating bold innovative solutions that are showing positive results and can be duplicated.

John Feather Receives Lifetime Achievement Award from NHCOA

posted Wed, Dec 13, 2017

John Feather, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer of Grantmakers In Aging (GIA), accepted the 2017 Ophelia Rinaldi Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Hispanic Council on Aging at its annual awards dinner in Washington, DC on December 12, 2017. The award recognizes Dr. Feather’s decades of work in philanthropy, gerontology, and education, his commitment to improving the lives of older people, and his past service on the board of the National Hispanic Council on Aging, which is the nation’s premier organization focused on improving the lives of Hispanic older adults, their families, and caregivers.

New Grants from The John A. Hartford Foundation

posted Thu, Dec 7, 2017   by The John A. Hartford Foundation

The John A. Hartford Foundation Board of Trustees approved three new grants totaling $833,000 in December 2017 to disseminate evidence and tools that can improve cost and quality outcomes for older adults and to promote policies that strengthen the eldercare workforce. Project HOPE – The People-to-People Health Foundation: - Health Affairs – Publishing and Disseminating Lessons on Innovative Health Care Models for an Aging Population ($496,000 for two years) The Tides Center: Eldercare Workforce Alliance ($200,000 for two years) Institute for Healthcare Improvement: Continued Development of the Better Care Playbook ($137,000 for one year) For more detail, please click through to the Foundation's website.

4 States Awarded Pacesetter Price for Improvements in LTSS

posted Thu, Dec 7, 2017   by The SCAN Foundation

Leaders in the field of aging and disability have been recognized by The SCAN Foundation with the inaugural Pacesetter Prize. This award was given to state government leaders in Minnesota, New York, Vermont, and Wisconsin for their work to improve the lives of older adults, people with disabilities, and family caregivers. The SCAN Foundation will host a webinar on December 14 at 12 PM ET in which the four winning states will come together to discuss their best practices and share their ideas for effective improvements. Register at http://bit.ly/2kxL7Ji. .

GIA Webinar: Age-Friendly Rural Transportation

posted Tue, Dec 5, 2017   by Grantmakers In Aging

Join GIA for this webinar on rural transportation on Thursday, Jan 18, 2018 at 2:00pm EST. Access to transportation is a rural imperative as it is a huge determining factor in aging well but transportation options in rural areas tend to be more limited. Transportation is critical for community engagement, independence, and self-determination; is key to combat isolation; supports economic security and volunteerism; provides access to healthcare and preventive services, nutrition and other social opportunities; and provides much needed support to caregivers. Moderator: John Feather, CEO Grantmakers In Aging. Panelists: Laura Mason, Program Officer, May & Stanley Smith Charitable Trust; Andrew Levack, MPH, Senior Program Officer, St. David’s Foundation; and Amy St. Peter, Assistant Director, Maricopa Association of Governments. Click to learn more and to register.

Health Affairs: Foundations’ Efforts To Improve Rural Health Care

posted Fri, Nov 17, 2017   by Health Affairs GrantWatch

Health Affairs GrantWatch blog celebrates National Rural Health Day with a wrap-up of foundations working in the area of rural health. The story includes many GIA friends and members and cites GIA's own rural aging initiative and report on the impact of the opioid epidemic on rural communities.

Finding a Better Frame: How a Funders Group Looks at Aging

posted Thu, Nov 2, 2017   by Inside Philanthropy

In this profile of GIA in Inside Philanthropy, John Feather discusses the organization's work in ReFraming Aging, age-friendly communities, intergenerational approaches, rural aging and health, the building the field.

2017 GIA Diversity Award Goes to Tufts Health Plan Foundation

posted Mon, Oct 23, 2017

At its 35th anniversary annual conference, held in Boston, Grantmakers In Aging (GIA) presented the GIA Diversity Award for 2017 to the Tufts Health Plan Foundation. Jackie Jenkins-Scott, a member of the board of directors of Tufts Health Plan Foundation and the president of Wheelock College, accepted the award on behalf of the Foundation and its grantees. The award was established in 2003 to recognize national, regional, and local individuals, programs, and organizations that embrace diversity as a fundamental element in all levels of their work in aging. It reflects GIA’s firm belief that diversity is a critical element of strong grantmaking in aging, and that diversity encompasses, but is not limited to, age, gender, race, national origin, religious beliefs, physical abilities and characteristics, sexual orientation, economic circumstances and lifestyle, or gender expression.

Philanthropy and opioids: why we must see beyond addiction

posted Thu, Oct 12, 2017   by Philanthropy Daily

In this piece for Philanthropy Daily, John Feather, CEO of Grantmakers In Aging, reflects on why we must see beyond addiction in tackling the opioid epidemic and making sure that the unique problems facing older adults receive the attention they need.

POLITICO: Finding out what matters most at the end of life

posted Fri, Sep 22, 2017   by POLITICO

Special coverage by POLITICO, sponsored by The John A. Hartford Foundation, examines palliative care and end of life care, age-friendly health systems, and supporting family caregivers.

Health Foundation selects 10 organizations for next phase of Aging by Design initiative

posted Wed, Sep 20, 2017

Ten organizations have each received $25,000 grants to learn how to apply design thinking to reimagine how they might address the needs of older adults and caregivers in western and central New York. The funding is part of Aging by Design, a four-year initiative developed by the Health Foundation for Western and Central New York to improve the health of older adults. By using Design Thinking, Aging by Design uses an approach to problem solving that puts the needs of older adults and the problems they may be experiencing at the core. The process brings older adults, informal caregivers and community-based providers together to identify issues, generate ideas and implement solutions to address triggers of decline. Triggers of decline precipitate a decline in physical, cognitive or mental health for otherwise healthy older adults living in the community. By using this person-centered approach, it ensures that older adults and caregivers are key partners and contributors in this initiative.

AARP Public Policy Inst paper on dementia caregiving

posted Mon, Sep 11, 2017   by AARP Public Policy Institute

The demands, stress, and health toll on family caregivers is immense, and dementia caregiving is particularly demanding. This paper from the AARP Public Plicy Institute examines evidence-based caregiver supportive services for family caregivers of persons living with dementia, and highlights several programs that have been shown to improve one or more aspects of the quality of life of family caregivers and can be implemented in local communities. This paper also summarizes positive program outcomes and identifies common characteristics of these successful caregiver programs and services. Lastly, the paper recommends ways to improve the evidence base and address identified barriers to enable families to access effective support services where they live.

GIA issue brief on older people and natural disasters

posted Mon, Aug 28, 2017   by Grantmakers In Aging

GIA has an Issue Brief on the needs of older people in natural disasters and the role for philanthropy. Written by Jenny Campbell, PhD, it draws on the lessons learned in previous disasters, gives examples of past responses by funders, and offers information resources, including potential partners and essential organizations.

Disaster response: Resources for funders from United Philanthropy Forum

posted Mon, Aug 28, 2017   by United Philanthropy Forum

In response to the devastation of Hurricane Harvey in Texas, the United Philanthropy Forum has compiled a a list of responses, news items, resources and programming for philanthropy. They are also sponsoring a webinar on 8/29 specifically for funders seeking to become involved. Learn more here: http://disasterphilanthropy.org/event/hurricane-harvey-recovery-donors-can-help/

New GIA Report: Opioids & Rural Aging: Heartache, Pain & Hope

posted Thu, Aug 24, 2017   by Grantmakers In Aging

Making Investments In Rural Health: Health Affairs blog

posted Tue, Aug 22, 2017   by Health Affairs blog

In this post for Health Affairs, Allen Smart, director of the Rural Philanthropic Analysis project at Campbell University, describes key tenets of being a better rural funder. Smart was previously senior vice president and interim president of the North Carolina-based Kate B. Reynolds Trust and serves on the steering committee of GIA's rural aging initiative.

Asthma takes heavy, even deadly, toll on older people

posted Fri, Aug 18, 2017   by Kaiser Health News

Estimates vary, but up to 9 percent of older adults are thought to have asthma — a respiratory condition that inflames the lungs and interferes with breathing, writes Judy Graham in Kaiser Health News. With the advance of years, physical changes take a toll. People’s lungs become less elastic, their chest walls more rigid, and the muscles that help power the respiratory system less strong, exacerbating breathing problems. Other biological changes, notably shifts in patterns of inflammation, may reduce older patients’ response to inhaled corticosteroids. Asthma medications can also be expensive and out of reach of some lower-income people.

Medicare Advance Care Planning benefit use higher than expected

posted Fri, Aug 18, 2017   by USA Today via Kaiser Health News

In 2016, the first year health care providers were allowed to bill for the service, nearly 575,000 Medicare beneficiaries took part in the conversations, according to new federal data obtained by Kaiser Health News. Nearly 23,000 providers submitted about $93 million in charges, including more than $43 million covered by the federal program for seniors and the disabled. Use was much higher than expected, nearly double the 300,000 people the American Medical Association projected would receive the service in the first year.

WashPost: 1 million jobs on the line as Senate votes on health care

posted Tue, Jul 25, 2017   by The Washington Post Wonkblog

America could lose more than a million jobs if the Senate votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the Washington Post's Wonkblog reports, drawing on a report from George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health and the Commonwealth Fund. “This legislation could single-handedly put a big dent in health care job growth,” said Leighton Ku, the lead author of the report and the director of the Center for Health Policy Research at George Washington University.

Prepare for Your Care website jump-starts advance care planning: Kaiser Health News

posted Tue, Jul 25, 2017   by Kaiser Health News

Most Americans avoid making important end-of-life decisions, called Advance Care Planning, because the conversations can be uncomfortable and the paperwork can be confusing, Kaiser Health News reports. Rebecca Sudore, a geriatrician at the University of California-San Francisco, created prepareforyourcare.org, which provides step-by-step instructions and video stories to help people navigate the care they want at the end of their lives. She built the site in 2013 for families unsure how to broach sensitive questions. In a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine in May, she and other researchers found that the website — combined with the use of an “advance directive” form — prompted participants to plan ahead. Funding from Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, California Health Care Foundation, Stupski Foundation, as well as the American Cancer Society, California Health Care Foundation, The Donaghue Foundation, John and Wauna Harman Foundation, National Institute on Aging, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, UCSF, and Veterans Health Services Research & Development.

Journey of a giving family: profile of Bader Philanthropies

posted Wed, Jul 5, 2017   by Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle

Bader Philanthropies got into “impact investing” before it became fashionable, Dan Bader said. He explained impact investing with this rhetorical question: “How do you use your resources as a Foundation to have a bigger impact beyond just traditional grant making?”

NY Times: Plan on Growing Old? Then the Medicaid Debate Affects You

posted Wed, Jul 5, 2017   by The New York Times

While the haggling over the calculations continues, it is hard to predict or quantify how painful the proposed Medicaid cuts will be for seniors compared with children and adults who are poor or have disabilities. Each state will have some discretion over which of its populations bear the brunt of any cuts. The Congressional Budget Office did suggest on Thursday that Medicaid’s budget could be 35 percent lower by 2036 if the Senate’s most recent proposal were to take effect, rather than if the status quo remained. So if anything like the proposed cuts come to pass, the impact will be meaningful. In addition to nursing homes, Medicaid may also pay for home- and community-based care for older adults.

Ford Foundation welcomes Ai-jen Poo to Board

posted Mon, Jun 19, 2017

Here is how Ford Foundation president Darren Walker introduced the newest member of the Foundation's board, Ai-jen Poo, who spoke at the last GIA conference and is an important leader in the direct care and home care movement: I’m thrilled to announce and welcome our new board member, distinguished labor rights advocate Ai-jen Poo. Ai-jen is the director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance and co-director of Caring Across Generations. Her early start as a community organizer led her to create Domestic Workers United in 2000, which played a critical role in New York state passing the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights in 2010, the first law in the country to guarantee basic labor protections such as overtime pay, paid leave, and legal protections from harassment and discrimination. She has also been named one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the World and one of Newsweek’s 150 Fearless Women. In Ai-jen we have gained an extraordinary leader and voice for large communities of people whose rights are often challenged in this country.

Philanthropy Daily on funding for rural America

posted Thu, Jun 8, 2017   by Philanthropy Daily

Writing in Philanthropy Daily, John Feather says, "Rural America is overdue for a much better effort from philanthropy. Rural grantmaking has been declining for years and is disproportionately low: one analysis by the U.S. Department of Agriculture of large foundation grants showed that only 6.3 percent benefited rural communities, even though they are home to about 20 percent of the population. Other estimates are even lower. What happens next could – and should – be far more constructive. If so, rural communities would get more help with long-unmet needs, and funders would have a chance to help create meaningful, even life-changing impact."

AARP: Aging Readiness and Competitiveness Report

posted Wed, Jun 7, 2017   by Aging Readiness & Competitiveness Report

"A healthier, more productive, and more engaged older population is essential to building a prosperous and sustainable future. As such, a rethinking of the role of older adults in our communities and economies is imperative." Presented by AARP and FP Analytics, this report examines aging policy in 12 countries with particular emphasis on four "pillars" -- Community Social Infrastructure, Productive Opportunity, Technological Engagement, and Healthcare and Wellness.

AARP Bulletin Special Report: The Opioid Epidemic

posted Wed, Jun 7, 2017   by AARP Bulletin

Part of a larger report on the opioid epidemic in the AARP Bulletin, "The New Caregivers: Grandparents fill gaps in drug-ravaged families" takes a look at the many older adults who are stepping in to addiction-ravaged families to care for grandchildren.

AARP Bulletin Special Report: The Opioid Epidemic

posted Wed, Jun 7, 2017   by AARP Bulletin

Part of a larger report on the opioid epidemic in the AARP Bulletin, "The New Caregivers: Grandparents fill gaps in drug-ravaged families" takes a look at the many older adults who are stepping in to addiction-ravaged families to care for grandchildren.

John Feather: Combatting Ageism: We have new tools

posted Thu, May 25, 2017   by Grants Solutions blog

Writing for the Grants Solutions blog, GIA CEO John Feather says that ageism is pervasive in American society and we will never move forward to meet the needs of older people until we face it head on. He then cites new tools produced by the FrameWorks Institute for re-framing aging, calling it "a major step forward to help counter ageism."

New Intergen'l Report from Eisner Fdn and Generations United

posted Mon, May 22, 2017

"I Need You, You Need Me: The Young, The Old, and What We Can Achieve Together," the new report from Generations United and The Eisner Foundation, highlights national examples of pioneers reuniting the generations and making their communities better places to live. It includes a new public opinion survey on how Americans of all ages feel about the young and the old uniting. Taking inspiration from the survey findings and featured organizations, the report highlights inventive, intergenerational solutions and actionable ways to harness the benefits of connecting generations.

GIA rural aging guide discussed in Philanthropy Daily

posted Mon, May 15, 2017   by Philanthropy Daily

In "Help for the Heartland," Philanthropy Daily discusses the new funding guide for rural aging from GIA, saying, "The rural-urban divide is increasingly coming to be seen as the defining faultline in American life....A new charitable initiative proposes to address this most dramatic of separations. Perhaps this new little program will suggest a way forward for Big Philanthropy."

Jane Carmody joins The John A. Hartford Foundation as program officer

posted Thu, May 11, 2017

Jane Carmody, DNP, MBA, BSW, RN, CENP, NEA-BC, has joined The John A. Hartford Foundation as a new Program Officer. She has practiced in community social work, psychiatric inpatient nursing, intensive care, and community health care. She has held significant executive leadership positions over the years, including as Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) for Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) Health, formerly Alegent Creighton Health.

Phillip González Joins Tufts Health Plan Foundation as Senior Program Officer

posted Thu, May 11, 2017

Tufts Health Plan Foundation today announced Phillip González has joined the Foundation as its new senior program officer overseeing community investments. González is a national leader in health philanthropy with experience leading innovative initiatives whose demonstrated impact on health and health care policy have led to great outcomes for community. In his new role, González will work in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island to advance the Foundation’s focus on age-friendly communities. Before joining the Foundation, González served as program director at Community Catalyst, Inc., a national non-profit advocacy organization working to build consumer participation in the health care system.

New resource from GIA: an introduction to rural aging

posted Wed, Apr 19, 2017

As part of its rural aging initative, supported by Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies, GIA is proud to present New Frontiers for Funding: An Introduction to Rural Aging. This introductory document will help acquaint funders, elected officials, nonprofits, government agencies, civic organizations, and residents with the possibilities for forging constructive partnerships and improving the experience of rural aging. Click through to explore the document, or learn more about the initiative at www.GIAging.org/rural-aging.

John Feather blogs: A Powerful New Tool to Combat Ageism

posted Fri, Apr 14, 2017

Writing about the newly released ReFraming Aging toolkit, John Feather describes how these communications tools and ideas can help anyone who cares about aging strengthen their communications and achieve more impact on policy goals and changing the way the public thinks about the issue of aging.

AP: Federal surveys trim LGBT questions, alarming advocates

posted Thu, Apr 6, 2017   by Associated Press

LGBT advocates are questioning the Trump administration's quiet deletion of questions on sexuality from two federal surveys. Combined with the withdrawal of another planned survey evaluating the effectiveness of a homelessness project for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth, the moves have alarmed watchdogs who worry they may point to a manipulation of government data collection to serve the ideology of a government they view as hostile to their causes.

What a Difference a Place Makes: John Feather's new Huffington Post blog

posted Mon, Apr 3, 2017   by The Huffington Post

In his latest blog for The Huffington Post, John Feather talks with Paul Irving, chairman of the Center for the Future of Aging at the Milken Institute, about their new Best Cities for Successful Aging report and the importance of age-friendly communities.

Miami joins AARP-WHO Network of Age-friendly Cities

posted Fri, Mar 24, 2017

Miami-Dade County, along with the Miami-Dade Age-Friendly Initiative, joined a prestigious network of more than 380 cities and global communities committed to promoting greater health, well-being and quality of life for people of all ages, when AARP Florida, in affiliation with the World Health Organization, awarded them a special designation.

New Survey Gauges Hopes, Fears of Aging: AP-Norc, West Health

posted Wed, Mar 22, 2017   by West Health website

About 70 percent of Americans over the age of 30 think the country is “a little or not at all prepared” to address the healthcare and social support needs of its fast-growing senior population and nearly 6 in 10 believe that the efforts that are currently underway are not going in the right direction, according to a new national survey on aging released today by the West Health Institute. Additionally, when it comes to their own aging experience, Americans as young as 30 worry most about developing memory problems, facing health and financial issues and losing their independence. These are among the findings of the West Health Institute/NORC Survey on Aging on America, a survey of more than 3,000 adults conducted to contribute to the understanding of people’s hopes, fears and perceptions of aging during each decade of life after 30, conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago. Topline results available at http://www.norc.org/PDFs/WHI-NORC-Aging-Survey/WHI_NORC_Aging_Survey_Topline_FINAL.pdf.

Milken Institute: Best Cities for Successful Aging 2017

posted Fri, Mar 17, 2017   by Milken Institute

This new report, a collaboration of the Institute’s Center for the Future of Aging and Research Department, is the third edition and evaluates ranks 381 cities, large and small, on how well they serve the needs and meet the expectations of the nation’s largest-ever population of mature adults. The initiative also includes The Mayor's Pledge, begun in 2014, which encourages mayors to join the movement for purposeful, healthy aging and create cities that are livable for all.

WSJ: GOP Health Plan Would Hit Rural Areas Hard

posted Tue, Mar 14, 2017   by Dow Jones/Wall Street Journal

The House Republican effort to overhaul the Affordable Care Act could hit many rural areas particularly hard, according to a new analysis, sharply increasing the cost for some residents buying their own insurance. The consulting firm, a unit of Marsh & McLennan Cos. is the first to project what consumers could actually have to pay to get health plans under the House's blueprint. The Oliver Wyman analysis highlights how rural areas, where individual insurance premiums are often higher, could see a major effect from the shift to flat-sum tax credits. Compounding that, rural populations are often older and poorer, so the proportion of those doing worse under the new subsidy setup may be higher.

AARP Policy report: Medicaid a lifeline, "last resort"

posted Mon, Mar 13, 2017   by AARP Public Policy Institute

Medicaid is the nation’s largest publicly funded health and LTSS insurance program for people with low incomes, and a lifeline for millions of children and adults with disabilities and older people who depend on the program for health care and assistance with long-term services and supports (LTSS), writes AARP Public Policy Institute's Wendy Fox-Grage in this new report. For people who need extensive services, the private cost without the program can be extremely high, far beyond what they can afford. For these individuals, Medicaid becomes a program of last resort.

RFF invites funders to replicate the Accessible Faith Grant Program

posted Tue, Feb 28, 2017   by RFF website

For more than a decade, The Retirement Research Foundation partnered with houses of worship through the Accessible Faith Grant Program, a special initiative to remove physical barriers to accessibility and further their social justice efforts. We learned that when a sacred space is made more accessible for older adults, the entire community benefits in countless ways. RFF would like to encourage other funders to develop a version of the Accessible Faith Grant Program. It is transferable, readily replicable, easily scalable and adaptable. RRF will freely share its materials, experience, and advice. Learn much more at Retirement Research Foundation's website.

Rural Health Care Crisis & Freestanding Emergency Centers

posted Tue, Feb 28, 2017

Over the past several decades, rural hospitals have closed at alarming rates, according to an article in HEALTH AFFAIRS. A 2016 study identified over 650 rural hospitals vulnerable to closure in 42 states with 38 percent of 1,332 Critical Access Hospitals (CAH) operating at a financial loss. Freestanding Emergency Centers (FECs) present a practical solution to this crisis. FECs are not urgent care centers. They are full-service EDs, which by statute in most states are open 24 hours. FECs can bring time-sensitive critical care to rural communities, along with treatment for urgent conditions that require complicated diagnostic evaluations. FECs operate as either Hospital Outpatient Departments (HOPDs) owned by health systems, or in some states are independently-owned. As of 2015, there were 387 HOPDs and 172 independently owned FECs.

Psychotropic drug use by older adults increases, especially in rural areas

posted Tue, Feb 14, 2017

The number of retirement-age Americans taking at least three psychiatric drugs more than doubled between 2004 and 2013, even though almost half of them had no mental health diagnosis on record, researchers reported on Monday. The New York Times reports that the new analysis, based on data from doctors’ office visits, suggests that inappropriate prescribing to older people is more common than previously thought. Office visits are a close, if not exact, estimate of underlying patient numbers. The paper appears in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.

Medicare "death panel" fears, legislation re-emerge for end-of-life counseling

posted Tue, Feb 14, 2017

Controversy is threatening to reemerge in Congress over Advance Care Planning funding, which pays doctors to counsel some 57 million Medicare patients on end-of-life treatment preferences, USA Today reports. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, introduced a bill last month, the Protecting Life Until Natural Death Act, which would revoke Medicare reimbursement for the sessions, which he called “yet another life-devaluing policy.” While the fate of King’s bill is highly uncertain — the recently proposed measure hasn’t seen congressional action — it underscores deep feelings among conservatives who have long opposed such counseling and may seek to remove it from Medicare should Republicans attempt to make other changes to the entitlement program.

$900K project will test housing with supportive services model: Hebrew Seniorlife

posted Wed, Feb 8, 2017

Hebrew SeniorLife will use $900,000 in funding to test a model of housing with supportive services that it says could improve quality of life and reduce medical costs for older adults living in affordable housing and potentially save the healthcare system billions of dollars every year if rolled out nationally, reports McKnights Senior Living. The “Right Care, Right Place, Right Time: Effectively Integrating Senior Care and Housing” initiative, funded with a $420,000 grant from the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission through the Health Care Innovation Investment Program and $480,000 from other sources, will try to determine whether wellness teams embedded at supportive housing communities offer a more coordinated approach to anticipating and responding to resident needs.

ACA Repeal Seen Thwarting State Addiction Efforts

posted Mon, Feb 6, 2017   by Stateline from Pew Charitable Trusts

In the three years since the Affordable Care Act took effect, its federally funded expansion of Medicaid to low-income adults has become the states’ most powerful weapon in the battle against the nation’s worsening opioid epidemic, reports Stateline, a project funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts that Stateline provides daily reporting and analysis on trends in state policy. Now, as Congress and President Donald Trump debate potential replacements for the law, governors, health care professionals and advocates for the poor are cautioning that any cut in federal funding for addiction treatment could reverse much of the progress states have made.

NY Times: Who will care for the caregivers?

posted Mon, Jan 30, 2017   by New York Times

There are some 40 million American caregivers. Every day, they help a parent, grandparent, relative or neighbor with basic needs: dressing, bathing, cooking, medications or transportation. Often, they do some or all of this while working, parenting, or both. And we — as doctors, employers, friends and extended family — aren’t doing enough to help them. According to AARP and the National Alliance for Caregiving, the typical family caregiver is a 49-year-old woman caring for an older relative — but nearly a quarter of caregivers are now millennials and are equally likely to be male or female. About one-third of caregivers have a full-time job, and 25 percent work part time. A third provide more than 21 hours of care per week. Family caregivers are, of course, generally unpaid, but the economic value of their care is estimated at $470 billion a year — roughly the annual American spending on Medicaid.

Webinar 3/6: Purposeful Aging: A Model for a New Life Course

posted Mon, Jan 30, 2017

Purposeful aging holds great possibilities for people of all ages. Older adults today are healthier and more vibrant than generations past and represent a formidable human capital asset. Millions of them are seeking new pathways to purpose. As mentors, they enhance intergenerational understanding. Through encore careers and volunteerism, they contribute to society’s well-being. And their own as well. This "Conversations with GIA" webinar, Monday, March 6, 2017, from 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST, will discuss how purposeful aging is correlated with longer life, better health, emotional resilience, and the advancement of our children; and some ways in which we all can play a role in the solution. Presenters: Paul H. Irving, Chairman, Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging; Distinguished Scholar in Residence, Davis School of Gerontology, University of Southern California. And Trent Stamp, CEO, The Eisner Foundation. Co-Sponsored by: The Eisner Foundation and The John A. Hartford Foundation. No CEUs are available for this webinar.

"A Place for Us" Affordable senior LGBT housing opens

posted Thu, Jan 26, 2017

A new development in Cleveland is the city’s first affordable housing community geared toward lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) seniors. "A Place for Us" in Cleveland—developed by The NRP Group in partnership with Linda Krasienko, president of A Place For Us Development—is providing 55 units of affordable housing for seniors 55 and older. The development also is providing needed housing and services for the aging lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. After striking out several times, she reached out to Cleveland-based The NRP Group, a national top affordable housing developer, which helped make her dream a reality. It is the first affordable housing development in Ohio catering to LGBT seniors and one of only a handful across the nation.

Seniors in poverty see largest increase in untreated tooth decay

posted Fri, Jan 13, 2017   by Pew Charitable Trusts Research and Analysis

Tooth decay rates over the past 15 years have declined for children but have risen for adults, with poor seniors experiencing the largest increases, according to a new analysis of government data, writes Jane Koppelman, Director of Research for the Dental Campaign of The Pew Charitable Trusts.

Rural hospitals brace for damage from ACA repeal

posted Wed, Jan 11, 2017

Kaiser Health News reports that, "in the wake of this fall’s presidential election,...many ...rural hospitals will likely face new financial challenges that will intensify longstanding struggles, experts say. The Affordable Care Act, which President-elect Donald Trump has vowed to repeal, threw a number of life-savers to these vital but financially troubled centers. And its full repeal, without a comparable and viable replacement, could signal their death knell. The health care law expanded Medicaid to tens of thousands of previously uninsured patients, providing new revenue streams for rural hospitals, which often serve a poorer, sicker patient population. The law also created a program that allowed some of these facilities to buy prescription drugs at a discount. “All these rural hospitals are operating on thin margins. The removal of any income source or coverage, or expansion of bad debt, is going to create significant financial hardship,” said Alan Morgan, CEO of the National Rural Health Association.

Nora Obrien-Suric to lead Health Fdn of Western & Central NY

posted Fri, Jan 6, 2017   by Buffalo Business First

The Health Foundation of Western and Central New York has announced that its new president will be Nora Obrien-Suric, PhD, who has been at The John A. Hartford Foundation since 2008 as a Senior Program Officer. Obrien-Suric a doctoral degree in social welfare, policy and administration from Hunter College of The City University of New York, a master’s degree in behavioral science and gerontology from California State University, and a bachelor’s degree in sociology and philosophy from St. Michael’s College and a certificate in geriatric mental health from the University of Southern California. She replaces Ann Monroe, chair of the GIA Board of Directors, who in March announced her intention to retire from the Foundation.

USDA Rural Development 2016 Progress Report

posted Tue, Jan 3, 2017

With a foreword by Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture, and Lisa Mensah, USDA Rural Development Under Secretary, this report includes a state-by-state progress report and thematic sections on housing, economic development, poverty, tribal nations, jobs, business, energy, and utilities.

Cargill Philanthropies keeps founder’s vision alive

posted Tue, Jan 3, 2017   by Philanthropy Daily

This December 2016 article from Philanthropy Daily discusses the Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies, "poised to take its place as the eighth largest philanthropy in America, following a restructuring and consolidation of three separate funds established by the late Margaret Cargill, heiress to the Minnesota-based agricultural conglomerate" It goes on: "Cargill left behind more than $6 billion for charitable purposes, which puts her foundation behind giants like the Gates Foundation ($87.8 billion) but just ahead of well-established philanthropic powerhouses like Bloomberg Philanthropies ($6.5 billion). Her massive bequest is now finally ready to be converted into pure philanthropic firepower, thanks to steps taken by her foundation’s leaders over the last decade.

How Judith Rodin Created A New Model for Philanthropic Funding At The Rockefeller Fdn

posted Tue, Dec 27, 2016

During her tenure, the outgoing president has created innovative ways to use philanthropic dollars to unlock corporate donations, because—while philanthropy has a lot of money—it's not enough to solve the world's problems on its own.

GIA Members Support Playbook for Better Care

posted Tue, Dec 20, 2016

Five national foundations—The John A. Hartford Foundation, the Peterson Center on Healthcare, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The SCAN Foundation, and The Commonwealth Fund—have launched an online resource to help health system leaders and insurers improve care for patients with complex medical and social needs. Developed by experts at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, The Playbook: Better Care for People with Complex Needs offers insights about patients with complex needs, examples of successful approaches to care, guidance on making the business case for these models, and information about opportunities for policy and payment reform.

Webinar Jan 27: Family Caregiving: New Horizons for Caring Across America.

posted Tue, Dec 20, 2016

This webinar will discuss a recent National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine report, Caring Across America, with presenters Donna Benton, PhD, Director, University of Southern California Family Caregiver Support Center; and Rani Snyder, MPA, Program Director, The John A. Hartford Foundation. Co-Sponsored by Archstone Foundation, Grantmakers In Health, and The John A. Hartford Foundation.

New Report from Milken Inst: Power of Purposeful Aging

posted Tue, Dec 20, 2016   by Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging

With people living longer than ever and the world’s older population expanding at an unprecedented rate, the Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging convened the Purposeful Aging Summit in Los Angeles in 2016. Thought leaders from public policy, business, academia, philanthropy, and media gathered to discuss reframing perceptions of aging in the 21st century. This report, The Power of Purposeful Aging:Culture Change and the New Demography, summarizes the themes, findings, and vision of the Purposeful Aging Summit.

NextFifty Initiative announces new CEO

posted Tue, Oct 25, 2016   by NextFifty Initiative

NextFifty has announced their new CEO, Margaret Franckhauser. Franckhauser will officially join NextFifty in January 2017. She comes to the grant-making nonprofit from Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice, where she spent 19 years as CEO of the visiting nurse organization. NextFifty is also preparing to accept grant applications from across Colorado and the nation in 2017.

6 Ways research is changing how we age: AFAR

posted Thu, Oct 13, 2016   by The Huffington Post

Steven Austad, PhD, scientific director at the American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR) writes in a new column for the Huffington Post about the state of scientific research on aging.

New guide on unleashing the power of public-philanthropic relationships

posted Thu, Sep 29, 2016

A new how-to guide from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) shares lessons learned from the Sustainable Communities Initiative. Includes HUD's experience working side-by-side with philanthropy, aligning their efforts with long-standing community engagements and investments to serve and lift up distressed neighborhoods and underrepresented residents.

Report from The Summit on Creativity and Aging in America

posted Mon, Sep 26, 2016

The summit was held in collaboration with the 2015 White House Conference on Aging, May 18th, 2015 at the National Endowment for the Arts. This report, co-presented by the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Center for Creative Aging, brought together 75 experts in arts, aging, design, and health services, and covers topics discussed in three breakout sessions: age-friendly community design; health and wellness and the arts, promoting arts interventions to improve health and well-being outcomes among older adults; and lifelong learning and engagement in the arts—promoting greater cognition and creativity among older adults by means of social engagement.

Taking on ageism: Milken's Paul Irving

posted Tue, Sep 20, 2016

New Report Finds Lack of Support for Family Caregivers

posted Wed, Sep 14, 2016   by Next Avenue

Family caregivers for adults 65 and older are stressed, isolated and and often suffering financially, as Next Avenue reports.. With the aging of the boomer population, many more family members and friends will be needed to care for them in America in coming years. And yet fewer of those helpers will exist. Those are some of the troubling conclusions of the new report, "Families Caring for an Aging America," by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. The John A. Hartford Foundation was the lead funder for this report, which also had support from Alliance for Aging Research. Alzheimer's Association, Archstone Foundation, California HealthCare Foundation, Commonwealth Fund, Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Health Foundation of Western and Central New York, May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust, Retirement Research Foundation, The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation, Santa Barbara Foundation, Tufts Health Plan Foundation, and Veterans-Health-Administration.

Taking on ageism: Milken's Paul Irving

posted Wed, Sep 7, 2016   by LA Times

Paul Irving, chairman of the Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging, recently responded to a Los Angeles Times article on age discrimination in Hollywood. Click through to read his entire letter.

John Feather: How Reducing Social Isolation Protects Older Adults

posted Tue, Sep 6, 2016   by the Huffington Post

In this very popular piece from his Huffington Post series, John Feather discusses the problem of social isolation and how age-friendly communities offer ways to address it. Originally published in April 2015: "What we now know is that lonely hearts are hearts at risk, because social isolation is a killer. Specifically, social isolation is associated with, and a powerful predictor of cardiovascular disease, cognitive decline, institutionalization, stroke, re-hospitalization, depression, and increased risk of suicide, just to name a few. It is linked to everything from a higher risk of contracting the common cold to faster tumor growth in cancer patients. All in all, socially isolated people are twice as likely to die prematurely (even controlling for other relevant factors) than are people with many strong social relationships. This generally holds true for people of all ages. Older people, however, may need and respond to somewhat different forms of support and intervention to address the problem of isolation."

Researchers Confront an Epidemic of Loneliness

posted Tue, Sep 6, 2016   by The Huffington Post

In Britain and the United States, roughly one in three people older than 65 live alone, and in the United States, half of those older than 85 live alone. Studies in both countries show the prevalence of loneliness among people older than 60 ranging from 10 percent to 46 percent. John T. Cacioppo, a professor of psychology at the University of Chicago and director of the university’s Center for Cognitive and Social Neuroscience, has been studying loneliness since the 1990s. He said loneliness is an aversive signal much like thirst, hunger or pain.

GIA seeks Board nominations

posted Thu, Sep 1, 2016

 

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