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Grants Awarded for Creative Aging Programs

posted Wed, Nov 28, 2012

Starting in December 2012 and running through Spring 2013, hundreds of older adults in 18 public libraries in Boston, Dallas and Miami will be dancing, singing, writing and painting their way to a better quality of life. The MetLife Foundation Creative Aging Libraries Project designed and administered by New York-based Lifetime Arts, Inc., is helping libraries respond to the growing demand for meaningful programs for older adults. Over the past several months, librarians and artists in these cities have been working together to design new learning opportunities for older adults between 55 and 100 years old. Led by professional teaching artists, free instructional arts workshops (in all disciplines) will foster mastery and promote meaningful social engagement—two key ingredients for positive aging. The project provided training and technical assistance to librarians and artists, introducing them to creative aging policies and best practices and providing access to arts and program resources and information. Lifetime Arts’ Executive Director, Ed Friedman said, “With this new set of creative aging programs, MetLife is helping us share Lifetime Arts’ successful program model with major library systems beyond New York and helping shift “senior” programming from passive entertainment to engaged learning”.

12/10 Webinar: Making Communities Age-Friendly

posted Wed, Nov 28, 2012

GIA will speak with John Beard, Director of the Department of Ageing and Life Course with the World Health Organization in Geneva, an international leader in the field of age-friendly community development. Dr. Beard will discuss how making cities and communities age-friendly is one of the most effective local policy approaches for responding to demographic aging. The WHO Age-friendly Environments Programme is an international effort to address the environmental and social factors that contribute to active and healthy ageing. The Programme helps cities and communities become more supportive of older people by addressing their needs across eight dimensions: the built environment, transport, housing, social participation, respect and social inclusion, civic participation and employment, communication, and community support and health services. When: Monday, December 10, 2012 -- 12 noon - 1 PM, EST, 11 AM - 12 noon CST, 10 AM - 11 AM MST, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM PST Special thanks to our co-sponsors, The John A. Hartford Foundation. ASA is producing this event and will host the recorded program for access by GIA members. Click Read More to register.

12/5 Webinar: Seniors & the Fiscal Cliff

posted Mon, Nov 12, 2012

Drastic, automatic, across-the-board spending cuts are facing the nation in January 2013 if Congress does not pass a bipartisan plan to reduce the federal deficit by the end of the year. These cuts are known as a “sequester.” They would include cuts of approximately 8% to discretionary programs such as the Older Americans Act (OAA). Join a "Conversations with GIA" webinar featuring Howard Bedlin, Vice President for Public Policy and Advocacy at the National Council on Aging, Marci Phillips, Director, Public Policy and Advocacy at the National Council on Aging, and Nancy Zweibel, Senior Program Officer of the Retirement Research Foundation, to learn more about the possible impact and what can be done to protect older adults. Special thanks to our co-sponsor, The John A. Hartford Foundation. This free program is open to all grantmakers. Wednesday, December 5, 2012, at 3:00pm Eastern (12:00pm PT).

Where the Jobs are for Older Workers

posted Fri, Nov 2, 2012

Growing numbers of older adults are finding a nice surprise in the workplace: a "Welcome" sign. The number of workers age 55 and up grew by 3.5 million from September 2009 to September 2012. That represents the lion's share of the gain of 4.2 million for all workers 16 and older, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Two factors help explain the trend.


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