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GIA Member Spotlight: Research to Prevent Blindness

posted Thu, May 23, 2013   by GIA.org

Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB), a new member of GIA, has pursued a mission of eradicating the diseases that threaten healthy vision for more than fifty years. Today RPB is the leading nonprofit source of research grants targeting the elimination of all blinding conditions and the restoration of sight, supporting more than 50 leading scientific institutions and hundreds of vision scientists.

GIA Webinar 6/10: New Engines for a New Economy: Advancing 50+ Self-Employment and Entrepreneurship

posted Wed, May 22, 2013   by GIA

The highest rate of business start-up activity over the past decade has been among people 55- to 64. The “Longevity Economy” is a tremendous opportunity: older adults' self-employment contributes to their own health, well-being, and financial security as well as the nation's through their businesses' job creation and their continuing contributions to Social Security and Medicare. This webinar will describe the characteristics of older self-employed workers and entrepreneurs and the private/public sector support key to sustaining these new economic engines and will highlight several major developments in the area of 50+ self-employment and entrepreneurship, including Age-Friendly Banking, AARP's joint venture with the Small Business Administration, the "New Engines for a New Economy" summit series, and other emerging global initiatives. Speakers: Elizabeth Isele, Co-Founder and CEO, Senior Entrepreneurship Works; Greg O’Neill, Director of the National Academy on an Aging Society, Gerontological Society of America; Stacey Easterling, Programme Executive, the Atlantic Philanthropies. Special thanks to our sponsors, The John A. Hartford Foundation and the Atlantic Philanthropies

NPR: Boomer housemates have more fun

posted Wed, May 22, 2013   by NPR.org

More than 1 in every 3 Boomer is unmarried, disproportionately women. As this vast generation rushes into retirement, there's a growing concern among experts on aging: Who will take care of all these people when they're too old to care for themselves? Because boomers are boomers, some are doing more than just thinking about it. Already, there's a small but apparently growing movement of boomer women forming group houses with their single peers.

Growing Old Alone? John Feather's latest Huffington Post

posted Mon, May 20, 2013   by The Huffington Post

Who will care for you when you get old? If that's a scary or uncomfortable question, you are in good company. Read more about innovative options, including age-friendly community-based services, to help people find the support they need as they age.

Global life span continues to lengthen, WHO says

posted Fri, May 17, 2013   by Reuters

People are living longer than ever and "dramatic" gains in life expectancy show no sign of slowing down, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday in a Reuters report. Even countries where people live longest have managed to keep eking out a few more years, suggesting that humans have not yet reached a natural limit to their age. That has surprised some experts.

Indiana U. Public Policy Institute, Community AGEnda collaborate

posted Mon, May 13, 2013   by Indiana University Public Policy Institute News and Events

Through a grant from GIA, the Indiana Univeristy Public Policy Institute (PPI) is partnering with the Indiana Grantmakers Alliance and the IU Center on Aging and Community to advance Communities for a Lifetime work in three Indiana communities: the Martindale-Brightwood neighborhood of Indianapolis, Huntington, and Bloomington. This project is part of a broader initiative, funded by the Pfizer Foundation, to advance this work in Indiana and four additional sites throughout the nation. Learn more about what's going on in all three communities.

Mableton, Georgia's effort to become a Lifelong Community

posted Mon, May 13, 2013   by Atlanta magazine

This article from Atlanta magazine profiles Mableton, Georgia and the efforts by the community and the Atlanta Regional Commission to re-develop it as a Lifelong Communities. (The ARC is a partner with GIA and the Pfizer Foundation in Community AGEnda: Improving America for All Ages.) Their initiative began in 2009 when the Atlanta Regional Commission received a federal grant and hired the “new urbanist” architecture firm Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company to draft plans that would help suburbanites age without having to leave their homes. The company held charettes—brainstorming meetings—and invited experts, residents, and community leaders to sound off. As an important first step, Cobb County approved the new, special zoning, which sets the transformation in (slow) motion. The county also plans to construct a road to re-create a townlike grid, and to build the first town square in front of Mableton Elementary School. The work will take a few years, says Dana Johnson, planning division manager for Cobb County’s Community Development Agency. In the Mableton plan, senior-friendly apartments and a small assisted-living facility would be across the street from family-friendly townhomes. ARC's Laura Keyes even envisions grandparents walking grandkids to school. “Our focus isn’t to set up retirement communities. It is to create communities for all ages and abilities,” Keyes says. “What we do for older adults is going to have a positive impact for the five-year-old trying to get to school and the mom pushing a stroller.”

Students disperse $20K in Tufts Health Plan Foundation funds

posted Tue, May 7, 2013   by www.boston.com

Seventeen students from many different local high schools doled out a cumulative $20,000 from the Watertown-based Tufts Health Plan Foundation to three Boston-area nonprofits focusing on improving the lives of older adults at a ceremony this week. The grant-giving ceremony also signified the culmination of a 10-session course that teaches high schoolers about the process of finding and funding local nonprofits. Part of this year's Future Philanthropists program, the students chose to give $10,000 to the Action for Boston Community Development to reimburse senior citizens who travel to elementary and pre-schools for tutoring; $8,000 to Shelter Music Boston to provide classical music concerts for Boston’s homeless older adults; and $2,000 to Generations Incorporated to increase access to physical activities for older people.

RWJF: Does anyone care about the health of minorities and poor people in America?

posted Fri, May 3, 2013   by The Cincinnati Herald

The following is a letter to Members of the Commission to Build a Healthier America from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation President & CEO, Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, M.D., M.B.A., and published in the Cincinnati Herald. What would the signers of the Declaration of Independence think of our country today if they knew that where you live predicts your life expectancy, your health is poorer if you are poorer, and your baby is much more likely to die if you haven't finished high school? Life isn't just better at the top, it’s longer and healthier. The problem is real. But in the United States, where disparities in health are enormous, the problem has been largely anonymous. America’s public debate on "health" has mostly centered on access to and affordability of care, even though a large body of evidence tells us that whether or not a person gets sick in the first place in most cases has little to do with seeing a doctor.

WSJ: Health care owners shun nursing homes

posted Wed, May 1, 2013   by The Wall Street Journal

Some of the nation's largest health-care landlords are pulling back from nursing homes on concerns they will be less profitable in an era of steep Medicare and Medicaid cuts. A growing number of cash-strapped states are scaling back Medicaid reimbursement payments to nursing homes, while the federal government cut Medicare rates by 2% on April 1 as part of across-the-board budget cuts known as sequestration. These entitlement programs combined make up about 90% of nursing-home revenue. If they are diminished, some nursing homes could have difficulty paying their rent.

 

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