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The Gerontologist: NORCs and Villages: A Tale of Two Cities

posted Fri, Jul 26, 2013   by The Gerontologist

Villages and Naturally Occurring Retirement Community (NORC) Supportive Service Programs (NORC programs) are among the most prominent community-based models for promoting aging in place. This study in The Gerontologist examined how these models have been implemented nationally and the models’ similarities and differences. Village members were reportedly more likely than NORC program participants to be younger, to be less functionally impaired, to be more economically secure, and to reside in higher socioeconomic communities. Reflecting these differences in populations served, NORC programs reported offering more traditional health and social services, had more paid staff, and relied more on government funding than Villages.

NYT: Immigrant Struggles Compounded by Old Age

posted Fri, Jul 26, 2013   by The New York Times

In New York City, the New York Times reports, from 2000 to 2010, the number of immigrants in the city aged 65 and older increased by about 30 percent while the corresponding native-born population dropped by 9 percent, according to the study by the Center for an Urban Future, an independent research organization in New York. The foreign-born now represent 46 percent of the city’s population aged 65 and older, a proportion far higher than their share of the city’s overall population (37 percent). “I think it’s the biggest demographic trend that nobody is talking about,” said Jonathan Bowles, the center’s executive director.

Atul Gawande: How do good ideas spread?

posted Tue, Jul 23, 2013   by The New Yorker

In this piece in the New Yorker, surgeon Atul Gawande asks a question many in philanthropy would love to know the answer to: why do some innovations spread so swiftly and others so slowly?

MarketWatch: A 99-year-old janitor’s working retirement

posted Tue, Jul 23, 2013

After 40 years of working for Texaco in Trinidad, Newton Murray emigrated to Florida in the 1970s, and though he could have lived off his retirement income, he landed a job as a custodian at a waterfront warehouse – a job he still holds today, at the age of 99, this blog post on the Wall Street Journal's MarketWatch reports. His manager reports that says that intangible benefits of employing him -- giving him a sense of purpose, making his other co-workers feel better about their jobs, and even giving management a chance to feel like the good guys - constitute a “real hedonic value” that’s of some benefit to the firm, even if it doesn’t show up on the bottom line.

Research to Prevent Blindness awards $5.3m in research grants

posted Fri, Jul 19, 2013   by Eurekalert

Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB), the world's leading voluntary health organization supporting eye research, has awarded 43 grants totaling $5,308,000 for research into the causes, treatment, and prevention of all blinding diseases at 28 leading medical institutions. They include unrestricted grants to departments of ophthalmology at 24 medical schools and 17 awards to individual scientists, including Career Development Awards, Physician Scientist Awards, Special Scholar Awards, a Walt and Lilly Disney Award for Amblyopia Research, Medical Student Eye Research Fellowships, an International Research Scholar Award, and a special grant to the Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology. They also include a prestigious, one-time laboratory grant of $600,000 to the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Florida, College of Medicine, to be named the RPB Mildred Krahmer Sanders and William Clifford Sanders Laboratory for Vision Research Laboratory. RPB is the leading non-government supporter of eye research into cures and treatments for all causes of blindness and vision loss.

New CDC report: State of Aging and Health in America 2013

posted Thu, Jul 18, 2013

State of Aging and Health in America 2013 provides a snapshot of our nation’s progress in promoting prevention, improving the health and well-being of older adults, and reducing behaviors that contribute to premature death and disability. The report from the Centers for Disease Control looks at 15 key health indicators that address health status (physically unhealthy days, frequent mental distress, oral health and disability); health behaviors (physical inactivity, nutrition, obesity and smoking); preventive care and screening (flu and pneumonia vaccine, breast and colorectal cancer screening); and fall injuries for Americans aged 65 years or older.

AARP Foundation, Weinberg Fdtn give $10.5m to Green House Project

posted Wed, Jul 17, 2013   by Philanthropy News Digest

The AARP Foundation and the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation have announced commitments totaling $10.5 million to the Green House Project, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation initiative to provide high-quality skilled nursing care to low-income seniors. "The Green House Project delivers on a bold vision of better, more dignified care for elders that is spreading widely in communities across the country," said RWJF president and CEO Risa Lavizzo-Mourey. "We are thrilled to have the AARP and Weinberg foundations join us in investing to spread the impact of this powerful model to all seniors, regardless of income."

Older people can - and must - contribute to economic growth

posted Thu, Jul 11, 2013   by The Journal.ie

In this column titled "We need to make our society and cities age-friendly" by Michael Hodin, executive director of the Global Coalition on Ageing, Hodin argues that we should "move on from the 20th century, when older people were thought of as dependents... By enabling cities to become age-friendly today, Europe will be building the infrastructure that is needed both to solve immediate and long-term economic challenges. If our cities and our communities do not enable older adults to work and travel as well as receive health and other essential services, then older adults are effectively marginalised and forced into roles of dependency and disability."

Oliver Sacks, MD, on the joy of old age (no kidding!)

posted Tue, Jul 9, 2013   by The New York Times

Wonderful reflections from neurologist Oliver Sacks on his impending 80th birthday. "My father, who lived to 94, often said that the 80s had been one of the most enjoyable decades of his life. He felt, as I begin to feel, not a shrinking but an enlargement of mental life and perspective. One has had a long experience of life, not only one’s own life, but others’, too. One has seen triumphs and tragedies, booms and busts, revolutions and wars, great achievements and deep ambiguities, too. One has seen grand theories rise, only to be toppled by stubborn facts. One is more conscious of transience and, perhaps, of beauty. At 80, one can take a long view and have a vivid, lived sense of history not possible at an earlier age. I can imagine, feel in my bones, what a century is like, which I could not do when I was 40 or 60. I do not think of old age as an ever grimmer time that one must somehow endure and make the best of, but as a time of leisure and freedom, freed from the factitious urgencies of earlier days, free to explore whatever I wish, and to bind the thoughts and feelings of a lifetime together. I am looking forward to being 80."

The aging American farmer: Who will work the land next?

posted Tue, Jul 9, 2013   by Kansas City Star

The American farmer is graying in the center. According to the U.S. Census, the average age of the U.S. farmer is 57, and the fastest growing age group is those over age 65. That demographic shift puts the agriculture industry on the precipice of a transition. Though many farmers are clearly working well into the traditional retirement years, thousands of farms soon will be changing hands. How that occurs could reshape the industry that drives much of the economy in middle America. These stories are part of “Changing Lands, Changing Hands,” a five-part radio series and TV documentary from Harvest Public Media about the aging of the American farmer. The radio stories are airing all week on KCUR FM 89.3. The half-hour TV documentary is scheduled to air on KCPT Channel 19 at 8 p.m. Friday. More information is at HarvestPublicMedia.org.

Grant builds homes for grandparents raising grandchildren

posted Tue, Jul 2, 2013   by The Tennessean

This story from the Nashville Tennessean reports that, in Tennessee, the Upper Cumberland Development District was chosen out of a pool of more than 80 applicants for a $1.67 million federal grant to build Fiddler's Annex in 2008. The first family moved in before Thanksgiving 2011. Congress had pushed the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to test "intergenerational" public housing in urban and rural areas. To qualify to live in such a place, caregivers must be at least 62 years old or obtain a waiver if they're younger. They also must be raising a grandchild and have limited income, which determines their rent. "Somebody was very innovative when they came up with this," said Ken Mabery, director of housing for the district. "Anybody that deals with these grandparents, you cannot help but respect them."

LTC commission chaired by SCAN'S Bruce Chernof holds first meeting

posted Tue, Jul 2, 2013   by Kaiser Health News

This report from Kaiser Health News covers the first meeting of The Commission on Long-Term Care, held on Capitol Hill. Some members acknowledged that their late start adds to their challenges in offering Congress recommendations on how to finance the expensive services for seniors and disabled Americans. The panel is hobbled with a meager budget and staffing, and it is facing a three-month deadline for its report. Speakers at the meeting reminded the commission that the effort is daunting. The commission heard a litany of statistics from four experts who explained how the nation's growing population of seniors will become more dependent on long-term care services. But the rising cost of those services threatens to deplete individuals' savings and add to the nation's budget problems because of the expenses borne by Medicare and Medicaid. "We know that 70 percent of people over the age 65 will need some form of long-term services and support," said Dr. Bruce Chernof, the commission’s chairman who also heads the SCAN Foundation (which helps fund KHN's aging coverage), a research organization that focuses on elder care.

Kiplinger: Good options for aging in place

posted Tue, Jul 2, 2013   by Kiplinger's Rethinking Retirement

This article from Kiplinger's Rethinking Retirement reports that staying at home turns into "aging in place," a term that generally means you'll need help living on your own. Increasingly, policymakers and local leaders are recognizing the benefits of providing services that allow people to stay in their homes and communities. "To society, it costs a lot less for someone to age in their home than to go into a care facility," says Marty Bell, of the National Aging in Place Council. NORC's, Villages, and house-sharing are three good options the article explores.

Job Opportunity: Program Officer for Elders Portfolio, May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust

posted Mon, Jul 1, 2013

AdminiTrust, an organization that administers private foundations and trusts, seeks an Program Officer with knowledge in the field of service to older adults to manage the Elders grantmaking portfolio of the May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust. Located in Sausalito, California, AdminiTrust LLC provides administrative and management services to private foundations, and currently manages the portfolios of two foundations providing grants internationally totaling $14.5 million annually. The Program Officer will lead and manage the $3.5M Elders grantmaking portfolio, comprised of approximately 75 grants.

Green House and other ways to age together

posted Mon, Jul 1, 2013   by The Boston Globe

Few of America’s 78 million 49- to 67-year-olds have any intention of aging the way their parents have, wedded to their independence at all costs, even if it ultimately means social isolation. Plenty of older people are moving in with their boomer children, but many others don’t want to be a burden — for them, the plan is to stay home until they can’t anymore. But not the baby boomers, who can envision all sorts of alternate living arrangements. “To [the older generation], living alone is the only measure of success, but the boomers’ comfort with interdependence means there are many options,” says Dr. Bill Thomas, an influential geriatrician and author based in New York. “Aging in community, rather than all alone, is going to make the boomers’ experience of old age different than anything that ever came before.”


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