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New report urges greater support for elder housing options

posted Mon, Aug 27, 2012

This report from the Center for Housing Policy at The National Housing Conference looks at the housing situation of older adults now and implications for the near future. The housing and supportive services needs faced by poor older people receive comparatively little notice. Even today, federally subsidized rental programs meet the needs of only about one in four eligible households regardless of age. More older poor households will face severe housing cost burdens and as the overall population ages, the numbers of the most vulnerable will grow as well.

Older Women More Generous than Older Men

posted Mon, Aug 27, 2012   by The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Women who are in their 50s or older are far more charitable than their male counterparts, according to a new study. Women are more likely to give a bigger share of their income to charity, and in the highest income bracket, the total sums they donate are more than two times as high as men in similar circumstances. Researchers at the Women’s Philanthropy Institute at Indiana University’s Center on Philanthropy based their findings on data provided by more than 1,100 single men and women.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation awards nursing grants

posted Mon, Aug 27, 2012   by Philanthropy News Digest

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has announced grants totaling $2.7 million to nine states through its Academic Progression in Nursing program. California, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Montana, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Texas, and Washington — will receive two-year grants of $300,000 to implement strategies designed to help nurses earn advanced degrees, improve patient care, and help fill faculty and advanced practice nursing roles. The foundation also announced plans to support an additional two years of APIN at the close of phase one to help states that have met or exceeded their benchmarks continue to make progress.

The Atlantic Philanthropies Appoints Country Director for the U.S.

posted Thu, Aug 23, 2012   by The Atlantic Philanthropies: News and Updates

The Atlantic Philanthropies have appointed Stephen McConnell to the newly created position of Country Director for the United States, effective immediately. In this position, McConnell will oversee all of Atlantic’s U.S. programmes — including work focused on Ageing, Children & Youth, and Reconciliation & Human Rights — as the foundation seeks to maximize the impact of its grantmaking in its final years.

McConnell Tapped as US Country Director for AP

posted Tue, Aug 21, 2012

The Atlantic Philanthropies have appointed Stephen McConnell to the newly created position of Country Director for the United States, effective immediately. In this position, McConnell will oversee all of Atlantic’s U.S. programmes — including work focused on Ageing, Children & Youth, and Reconciliation & Human Rights — as the foundation seeks to maximize the impact of its grantmaking in its final years. As a limited life foundation, Atlantic will disburse its remaining $1.5 billion endowment and complete grantmaking by the end of 2016 and will cease operations in 2020.

The Conversation Project Wants Your Story

posted Mon, Aug 20, 2012

On August 15th, The Conversation Project, an initiative dedicated to helping people talk about their wishes for end-of-life care, went live online with its new Web site. The project is the brainchild of Pulitzer Prize winning columnist Ellen Goodman and is run by a team of five seasoned law, media, and journalism professionals, who collaborate with staff from the internationally renowned Institute for Healthcare Improvement to follow its mission. The Web site serves as a lively hub where people can share their stories about having—or not having—this difficult conversation with loved ones. It also offers a starter kit to help site visitors organize their thoughts around the issue. Grantmakers, in particular, may find this area of aging care rich with funding possibilities.

Alert: CMS Invites Public Comment on Observation Status

posted Mon, Aug 13, 2012   by Center for Medicare Advocacy, Inc.

As part of a notice of proposed rulemaking published in the Federal Register on July 30, 2012, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) asks for public comment on potential policy changes related to observation status. This is an excellent opportunity for all who have been or continue to be affected by CMS's current policy to voice their real life concerns and to describe the real harm it has caused and continues to cause.

EngAGEment webinar: The Cottages model

posted Fri, Aug 3, 2012

John A. Hartford Fdn. receives Social Innovation Fund grant

posted Thu, Aug 2, 2012   by Heath AGEnda: the blog of the John A. Hartford Foundation

The John A. Hartford Foundation announced today that it has received a two-year, $2 million Social Innovation Fund (SIF) award for a program to improve depression care in medically underserved rural communities in Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho. SIF is an initiative of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). SIF grants require additional matching funds from local sub-grantees, so, with renewal by CNCS and additional third-year local matching funds, the total initiative will represent almost $11 million in new funding for improved depression care for low-income older adults. Although it is one of the most common and disabling health conditions and is known to double overall health care costs, depression remains chronically under-diagnosed and ineffectively treated.

Patterson Foundation supports Self-Care Management Alliance

posted Wed, Aug 1, 2012   by Building Connective Tissue: Patterson Foundation Blog

Patterson Foundation CEO Debra Jacobs blogs about supporting the Self-Care Management Alliance, based at the National Council on Aging. Other GIA members participating included the SCAN Foundation and the Tufts Health Plan Foundation.

 

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