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Council on Foundations releases annual salary report

posted Fri, Jun 28, 2013   by Council on Foundations

The Council on Foundations released its 2012 Grantmakers Salary and Benefits Report, one of most comprehensive compilations of data on U.S. foundations' staff composition and compensation. This is the Council's annual release. Go to www.cof.org/research for more details or e-mail research@cof.org for additional information.

Communities for a Lifetime: Aging Issues in Brief

posted Tue, Jun 25, 2013

This issue brief produced by Indiana University's Indiana Institute on Disability and Community and funded by the Pfizer Foundation and GIA's Community AGEnda highlights the four domains of Communities for a Lifetime (CfaLs) and demonstrates how they are put into action. It introduces many of the individuals and institutions involved in this work, as well as some communities that are already planning for the future.

International Aging: Not What You Think: GIA on HuffPost50

posted Mon, Jun 24, 2013   by Huffington Post 50

The vast majority of developing countries are seeing their populations age just as America's is, but their rate of change is often even faster. Consider this startling statistic: It took France 115 years to see its population over the age of 65 double from 7% to 14%. Sweden took 85 years, and the United States took 69 years. In contrast, China will make a similar transition much faster, in just 26 years. Thailand, Brazil, Tunisia and South Korea will take even less time. We in the U.S. often wring our hands about the "silver tsunami" that will overwhelm us because the population over 65 will increase by 100% before 2040. But now consider Singapore, Colombia, India, Malaysia, Egypt, Costa Rica, Bangladesh, Kenya, the Philippines and Morocco. These are not places we usually think of as "old," yet they are the countries that will see the greatest change during that period: All will see an increase in their older populations of more than 250%.

Storytelling program alters med students' views on dementia

posted Thu, Jun 20, 2013   by Penn State News

Treating patients with dementia can be viewed as a difficult task for doctors, but Penn State College of Medicine researchers say that storytelling may be one way to improve medical students' perceptions of people affected by the condition. Participation in a creative storytelling program called TimeSlips creates a substantial improvement in student attitudes.

2013 NCRP Impact Awards

posted Wed, Jun 19, 2013   by National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP)

The NCRP Impact Awards celebrate and recognize foundations that have shown leadership, innovation and commitment to being a part of efforts to solve the country's toughest problems. Four grantmakers received awards on April 8, 2013, including NoVo Foundation (for large private foundation), the Levi Strauss Foundation (for corporate foundation), Woods Fund of Chicago (for small/mid-sized private foundation) and California Community Foundation (for grantmaking public charity).

SCAN's Bruce Chernof named Chair of Long-Term Care Commission

posted Wed, Jun 19, 2013

The newly created federal Commission on Long-Term Care has elected a Chair and Vice Chair, and has scheduled its first meeting for June 27th. Bruce A. Chernof, President and CEO of the SCAN Foundation, will serve as Commission Chair, with Mark Warshawsky serving as Vice Chair. The Commission was created by the American Taxpayer Relief Act – the so-called “fiscal-cliff” law – to advise Congress on how long-term care can be better provided and financed for the nation’s older adults and people with disabilities, now and in the future.

Aging in Community: How the Village Model Relies on Neighborliness

posted Mon, Jun 17, 2013   by MediCaring.org

Older adults – especially baby boomers who have experienced their own parents’ aging – are searching for meaningful lifestyles as they retire and alternatives to nursing homes, assisted living, or continuing care retirement communities, which are increasingly perceived as lacking a sense of “community.” Studies indicate that aging in a community-based setting improves the quality of one’s life and one’s health.[ii] In response, new models are beginning to emerge to support aging in the community that provide “one stop shopping” through a single point of entry. Today, the experience of aging is actually a constellation – one that is multi-dimensional and interrelated and recognizes that a “one size” approach to service delivery does not fit all. The heart of the Village model is its focus on the individual as the core of the community. In this model, older adults are active members in the service delivery process, and provide essential assistance in the planning and implementation of a wide range of programming offered through the Village. Villages offer members a network of resources, services, programs, and activities that revolve around daily living needs; social, cultural, and educational programs; ongoing health and wellness activities; and member-to-member volunteer support.

The Next Big Infrastructure Crisis? Age-Proofing Our Streets

posted Tue, Jun 11, 2013   by The Atlantic Cities

We often talk colloquially about the "fast pace of city living," and that pace actually has a default speed: We’ve long assumed that people cross the street walking at about 4 feet per second. Crosswalks are timed with this number in mind. But the older we get, the more likely we are to slow down. Most 80-year-olds just don’t move at 4 feet per second. Cities everywhere need to begin recalibrating for this moment now (a better crosswalk speed, for instance, would be closer to 3 feet per second). But this generational age bomb is also arriving at precisely worst moment to pay for those changes that will actually cost money. And then there is the problem of imagination: How do you get urban planners, transportation engineers, and anyone running around a city in their prime to picture the places where we live through the shaded eyes of an octogenarian?

California's First Green House® Homes Open, Ushering in New Kind of Nursing Care

posted Mon, Jun 3, 2013   by The Green House Project

California ushered in a new era of nursing home care on May 29, with the opening of the state’s first certified Green House homes at Mt. San Antonio Gardens, a senior community in Southern California. The opening is expected to usher in a new wave of similar projects across California as legislation designed to encourage a small-home approach to skilled nursing home care takes effect. A total of 20 residents will live at the Evergreen Villas in two residential neighborhood homes, designed by Ewing Architects, Inc., AIA, of Pasadena, each with private rooms and bathrooms with showers. Unlike traditional nursing homes, Green House homes are specifically built from the ground up to be real homes—in every way. Residents socialize in cozy living rooms and enjoy meals cooked in open kitchens, by the same people that care for them each day.The Green House model’s unique approach to care, including a versatile staffing model, produces better clinical outcomes, such as fewer hospitalizations and falls, and less staff turnover. Research shows that the model’s small layout, combined with its intimate and innovative staffing ratios, provides elders with four times more personal and social contact than typical nursing homes.

 

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