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The Villages: A Return to Helping One Another?

posted Wed, Jan 30, 2013   by Remapping Debate.org

Instead of either leaving older Americans to fend for themselves as they become less mobile and more isolated, or stowing them away in nursing homes and other facilities, an old idea in secular garb — a community of mutual assistance — has begun to find life in virtual villages scattered throughout the United States. While it seems to be improving the lives of its members, the “Village model,” as it is known, has limitations, including a strong tendency to replicate the racial and economic homogeneity of the places where Villages arise.

Senior citizens drive infrastructure spending:

posted Wed, Jan 30, 2013   by Politico PRO

Mobility actually plays an underappreciated role in health and well-being — and mayors and state officials are beginning to make it part of how they think about infrastructure spending.It was one of the themes raised at the U.S. Conference of Mayors winter meeting this month in Washington. Phoenix, along with communities in Georgia, Indiana, Missouri and Florida are recipients of Pfizer Foundation grants to help their areas address transportation and encourage social interaction for older individuals. But Stanton, along with Mayor Greg Ballard of Indianapolis and Mayor Sly James of Kansas City, Mo., admitted they’re up against two challenges: America’s reliance on cars and its suburbs.

Lifetime Community Districts

posted Wed, Jan 23, 2013   by International Making Cities Livable LLC

In October, Phil Stafford, Director of the Center on Aging and Community at Indiana University, convened a Think Tank on creating a Lifetime Community District (LCD). A “Lifetime Community” is defined as a place that promotes physical, social, mental and economic wellbeing for persons of all abilities, across the entire lifespan. An LCD is a zoning and public policy innovation created to incentivize and influence community development and redevelopment initiatives that promote livability for all ages and abilities. This is a model for neighborhood development that brings together concerns for the special needs of our most vulnerable groups – children, elders, disabled persons – with the planning principles of True Urbanism, New Urbanism, and Smart Growth. Lifetime Community Districts can transform cities, towns and neighborhoods.

Working longer still best path to better retirement

posted Tue, Jan 22, 2013

US News "The Best Life" blog reports that, "delaying retirement is often viewed as the surest route to financial security in old age," according to the Urban Institute, a Washington think tank. "By working longer and earning more, older workers can accumulate additional Social Security, boost savings, and shrink the period their retirement savings must fund. Employment at older ages also expands the nation's labor pool, accelerating productivity, increasing national income, and raising living standards for both workers and retirees."

Age-friendly cities on agenda at US Conference of Mayors

posted Tue, Jan 22, 2013   by WIBC-FM 91.3

Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard joined a panel discussion led by GIA CEO John Feather to discuss age-friendly cities. The event happened at the 2013 U.S. Conference of Mayors, held in Washington, DC. Indiana is one of five grantees in Community AGEnda, a program administered by GIA and funded by the Pfizer Foundation to help make more American communities great places to grow up and to grow old.

Research to Prevent Blindness, Inc. Names Brian Hofland as President

posted Tue, Jan 8, 2013

Research to Prevent Blindness, Inc. (RPB) has named Brian F. Hofland, Ph.D. as the sixth president in its 52-year history. RPB is the leading nonprofit source of research grants targeting the elimination of all blinding conditions and the restoration of sight.

"Second Generation Parenting" event & webcast Jan. 22

posted Tue, Jan 8, 2013

This event sponsored by Grantmakers for Children, Youth & Families on January 22, 2013 will explore reasons why grandparents become primary caregivers for their grandchildren, the joys and challenges associated with raising grandchildren and support services currently in place to assist "grandfamilies” emotionally, financially and legally. The event will be held live in Washington, DC and available via webcast. Featured speakers include Stephanie McGencey, Executive Director, GCYF (moderator); Donna Butts, Executive Director, Generations United; Michael Twyman, PhD, Director of Grants Programs-Indiana, The Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust; and Bethlehem Dammlash, Program Associate for Youth, GCYF. Please click through for more information about registration.

Vulnerable Populations & Disaster

posted Mon, Jan 7, 2013

Social Impact Bonds: a tool for grantmakers

posted Mon, Jan 7, 2013

Discover how Social impact Bonds, a new investment tool available to grantmakers, can help leverage private sector funds to increase the success of public sector programs. A GIA resource.


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