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Experts see growing mental health needs among homeless elderly

posted Tue, Apr 30, 2013   by Sacramento Bee

This story from the Sacramento Bee reports that, with the population growing older, mental health experts warn of a coming tsunami of behavioral health care needs among elderly homeless people. Elderly people with substance abuse problems and early stages of Alzheimer's disease will require special intervention. Local individuals and families in a mental health crisis simply do not know where to go when a mental health crisis erupts.

John Feather @ Huffington Post: GIA & age-friendly Communities

posted Mon, Apr 29, 2013   by The Huffington Post

John Feather has joined the Huffington Post as a blogger and took, as his first topic, why GIA is supporting age-friendly communities. "Welcome to the age-friendly movement -- a fast-growing, interdisciplinary approach to community development that strives to promote aging in place and make communities great places to grow up and grow old. It does this by working to make it possible for older adults to stay mobile, to volunteer -- and, in some cases -- to continue working, to contribute to their families and neighborhoods and most importantly, to maintain a sense of purpose and belonging."

"Conversations with GIA" Webinar: Social Impact Bonds, May 15

posted Fri, Apr 26, 2013

Join presenter Victoria Shire, Vice President, Vulnerable Populations, Enterprise Community Partners for a webinar discussion of Social Impact Bonds, and related pay for success arrangements. SIBs are an exciting opportunity to reward the social service sector for evidence-based results and desired outcomes. Applying the model to programs and services for seniors should improve the social sector’s effectiveness by rewarding programs that work, encouraging innovation, validating progress, and attracting private capital to the anti-poverty cause.

New searchable directory from Nat'l Center for Creative Aging

posted Wed, Apr 24, 2013   by National Center for Creative Aging

NCCA has launched the first of its kind Directory funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, MetLife Foundation, and The Michelson Foundation. The Directory features arts programs serving older people and includes intergenerational activities in urban, suburban, and rural communities in a variety of settings such as community centers, senior centers, assisted living, adult day care, arts institutions, and libraries.

Why Everyone Deserves Palliative Care: AFAR on Huffington Post

posted Mon, Apr 22, 2013   by Huffington Post

Truths and misconceptions about palliative care from Richard Besdine, MD, Medical Officer for the American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR). The first principle of palliative medicine is to relieve the pain and other symptoms that burden people living with serious illness -- in short, to help people feel better. Because complex illness thrusts patients into a decentralized and often confusing health care system, palliative care seeks help from many sources, including doctors and nurses specializing in pain control, social workers, chaplains, nutritionists, rehab specialists, pharmacists, and others. In addition to systematically addressing pain, palliative care helps coordinate complicated medical care; helps patients and families clarify their own goals and priorities and understand their treatment options; and offers support, counseling, and community resources to reduce family and caregiver stress -- a serious health risk in its own right. Unfortunately, because palliative care is a relatively new specialty, it is often misunderstood by patients, families, and even some physicians.

GIA: Philanthropists Improving Quality of Life for Older Adults

posted Mon, Apr 22, 2013

In this interview with Caring.com, GIA's CEO, John Feather, discusses how GIA is leading the way in the philanthropic community, connecting members with resources, ideas, and thought leaders who are actively seeking solutions to the challenges faced by caregivers, family members, and communities. Whether the focus is on senior housing, age-friendly communities, or diverse populations, the GIA is the only organization that brings together the philanthropic community to identify and support strategies that will improve the quality of life for all older adults.

NCOA analyzes federal aging funds

posted Wed, Apr 17, 2013

President Obama’s FY14 budget proposal has pros and cons for America’s seniors. While NCOA is pleased that it protects Medicaid and eliminates sequester cuts to critical programs like Meals on Wheels and the Older Americans Act, we’re disappointed in proposed cuts to low-income energy assistance and SCSEP senior job programs. NCOA also opposes the President’s proposal to shift costs onto Medicare beneficiaries in four ways and cut the Social Security Cost-of-Living Adjustment.

Fiscal Times: John Feather on "The New Retirement"

posted Wed, Apr 17, 2013

Boomers want to do something different in retirement than what their parents did. This can include everything from co-housing, to neighborhoods where residents help each other, to homes remodeled for a comfortable “age in place.” "Some people are interested in a traditional golf course type of retirement, but there's a stronger movement in other directions," says John Feather, CEO of Grantmakers In Aging and former president of the American Society on Aging, who sees many retiring to university towns with vital downtown areas.

Assessing the decisional capacity of older adults: CE

posted Mon, Apr 15, 2013

Rush University Medical Center and the American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging will offer an interactive online course for CME on assessing the decisional capacity of older adults. This program starts on May 13, 2013 and is funded by The Retirement Research Foundation. The course is aimed at physicians with a variety of backgrounds, but is suitable and valuable for all health care clinicians, students and interested professionals. The curriculum includes six modules: the importance of evaluating patients’ capacities; key principles and practices; the evaluation process and content; specific capacities and situations; when to conduct an evaluation yourself and when to refer; and working with courts in guardianship proceedings. For more information, visit www.rush.edu/decisionalcapacity.

NCOA launches JobSource: online portal for older adults employment

posted Fri, Apr 12, 2013

The National Council on Aging (NCOA) today launched JobSource, a new online portal to help older adults assess their work skills, identify job training opportunities, and find employment. JobSource (www.benefitscheckup.org/jobsource) includes a quick job match system that enables users to assess their work interested and transferable skills, and register to earn job skills certifications and enroll in over 30 free online courses. The JobSource site is one product of a partnership between NCOA and the Bank of America Charitable Foundation. Additionally, NCOA and the Bank are working with local agencies in New Jersey, New York, San Francisco, and Virginia to assist low-income older adults with accessing holistic services to maximize their economic security.

John Feather: Why GIA is supporting age-friendly communities

posted Mon, Apr 8, 2013   by ASA's AgeBlog

In the American Society on Aging's AgeBlog, our own John Feather explains why the movement to develop age-friendly communities is so important and why it is such a natural fit for a wide variety of funders. Community AGEnda is an initiative from GIA with funding from the Pfizer Foundation. Read more at http://www.asaging.org/blog/grantmakers-aging-why-were-supporting-age-friendly-communities.

GIA's Community AGEnda launches age-friendly database, tools to support communities

posted Wed, Apr 3, 2013

With America’s population aging fast, most communities still have work to do to become “age-friendly” - that is, great places to grow up and grow old. To accelerate efforts underway in five communities and to encourage others across the country, Community AGEnda, an initiative of Grantmakers In Aging (GIA) supported by the Pfizer Foundation, has released a set of important tools and resources to inform and inspire planners, philanthropies, and others seeking to build a more age-friendly future. We invite you to take a look, share witih colleagues, and get started!

The great senior sell-off could cause next housing crisis

posted Mon, Apr 1, 2013   by The Atlantic

The Boomer generation has also left a physical imprint on the American landscape with potential impacts as long-lasting as many of the social changes boomers brought. In the 20 years between 1990 and 2010, these consumers were at their peak family size and peak income. And suddenly, there was massive demand in America from the same kinds of people for the same kinds of housing: big, large-lot single-family homes (often in suburbia). In the coming years, baby boomers will be moving on (inching further through the python, if you will). “They will want to sell their homes, and they’re hoping there are people behind them to buy their homes,” says Nelson, director of the Metropolitan Research Center at the University of Utah. And he predicts that it could cause our next real housing crisis.

Council on Foundations Annual Conference April 6-9 in Chicago

posted Mon, Apr 1, 2013

With the theme Vision and Action, the CoF's annual conference offers a sessions including "Building Safe Communities," with speakers including Diana M. Bontá, President and CEO, The California Wellness Foundation, "Small Grants. Big Difference. How Funders Can Make an Impact with Relatively Few Dollars" and a video and film festival.

Transforming the way we live together: Community AGEnda Atlanta

posted Mon, Apr 1, 2013   by Interchange: The News Connection for Southeastern Grantmakers

The Atlanta Regional Commission’s (ARC) Lifelong Communities Initiative is helping neighborhoods, communities and the greater metro area not only prepare for an aging population, but making sure communities work for everyone. This article from INTERCHANGE: The News Connection for Southeastern Grantmakers uotlines the three goals of the Lifelong Communities Initiative: to promote housing and transportation options, encourage healthy lifestyles and expand access to services. Communities throughout the Atlanta region are celebrating their role in becoming “Lifelong” by creating new partnerships, fostering opportunities for citizens to get involved and adding more sidewalks, community gardens, farmer’s markets,health and wellness activities, new housing and other amenities to foster intergenerational communities and create places that support healthy and independent lifelong living.


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