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AARP PPI: The Aging of the Baby Boom and the Growing Care Gap

posted Mon, Aug 26, 2013   by AARP Public Policy Institute

This paper from the AARP Public Policy Institute uses a “caregiver support ratio” to document the declining availability of family caregivers to provide LTSS between 1990 and 2050. It defines a “caregiver support ratio” as the number of potential caregivers age 45-64 for each person age 80 and older. It documents the dramatic widening of the care gap nationally and in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, as Baby Boomers age into their 80’s, beginning in 2026. The report also highlights sociodemographic trends that may influence the future supply of family support for the frail older population.

Helen Dennis on Elderburbia: age-friendly communities

posted Mon, Aug 26, 2013   by Los Angeles Daily News

According to the World Health Organization, one of the best ways to respond to what has been called demographic aging is to make cities and communities age friendly. An international effort call the WHO Age-friendly Programme created a global network that fosters the exchange of ideas and experiences among countries that support active and healthy aging. Despite this important international network, “Communities in which most of us live are hardly good places to grow old,” writes Andrew Scharlach, associate dean and professor at UC Berkeley’s School of Social Welfare. Phil Stafford, director of the Center on Aging and Community at the University of Indiana in Bloomington has come up with a new name: Elderburbia. That’s his name for a place where a community is transformed from a place which is isolated to a place where older adults thrive as essential players in the community. Grantmakers in Aging, a catalyst for philanthropy dedicated to improve the aging experience, has launched a community agenda to enhance and accelerate age-friendly development work in communities across America.

John Feather: Investing in seniors for stronger communities

posted Mon, Aug 26, 2013   by Council on Foundations RE: Philanthropy blog

Seniors are entrepreneurs. Between 1996 and 2010, adults over 55 had the highest rate of entrepreneurial activity. Seniors are volunteers. One in four Americans over the age of 55 volunteers his or her time. That is more than 18 million people contributing a total 3 billion hours of service every year. Many seniors, however, are also faced with serious challenges to their health and well-being. Without the support of their community, many will be hospitalized or marginalized. Fortunately there is an active network of philanthropies working to ensure that this generation of older Americans is the healthiest and most active ever. With innovative and strategic thinking, grantmakers across the country are improving senior care, fighting economic insecurity, and building communities that embrace the elderly while empowering them to contribute.

12th Global Conference On Ageing in Hyderabad

posted Mon, Aug 19, 2013

On June 10-13, 2014, the International Federation on Ageing (IFA) will host the the 12th Global Conference on Ageing, titled "Health, Security, and Community," in Hyderabad, India. IFA is currently issuing a call for abstracts, papers, workshops, and symposiums. The meeting will feature keynote speaker Professor Muhammad Yunus, Chairman of Yunus Centre, Dhaka, Bangladesh, and winner of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize. For more information, please see the link below.

Universal Design: How Philanthropic Investment Can Help Everyone

posted Thu, Aug 8, 2013   by Mid-America Regional Council

On June 26, 2013, the Mid-America Regional Council sponsored a “Smart Design Workshop: Creating Housing and Communities for All," funded by a Community AGEnda grant from Grantmakers In Aging and the Pfizer Foundation with local funding by the WJ Brace Charitable Trust, Bank of America, Trustee. The workshop spotlighted universal design as a growing trend that accommodates individuals at all stages of life, from infants to grandparents. Funders — whatever their interest areas — are increasingly concerned about the livability of communities in which they support health, education, social services, arts and culture, religion, environment, and animals. By considering universal design in grantmaking, funders can address ALL of these interest areas, because people of all ages and abilities benefit.

12 age-friendly priorities for the next NYC Mayor

posted Wed, Aug 7, 2013   by New York Academy of Medicine

The next Mayor of New York has the opportunity to accelerate age-friendly change by promoting a vision of New York that recognizes this dramatic population shift with a coordinated investment in policy and planning. Here are 12 actions, based on consultation with experts — including, most importantly, thousands of older New Yorkers — that the New York Academy of Medicine believes will be important opportunities to advance this agenda.

KC Communities for All Ages publishes toolkit, idea book

posted Tue, Aug 6, 2013   by Mid-America Regional Council - KC Communities for All Ages website

The Making Your Community Work for All Ages Toolkit offers strategies to improve facilities and services for older adults that will in turn improve the quality of life for all residents. These strategies include improvements to community design, housing choices, local transportation and the pedestrian environment, community services, programs for healthy living, and civic engagement.The toolkit, executive summary, and a separate idea book, are produced by the Mid-America Regional Council and made available through the Community AGEnda: Improving America for All Ages grant sponsored by the Pfizer Foundation and Grantmakers in Aging, with local funding through the WJ Brace Charitable Trust, Bank of America, Trustee, and in partnership with Jewish Heritage Foundation of Greater Kansas City.

Job Opportunity: Exec Director, Grantmakers for Children, Youth & Families

posted Fri, Aug 2, 2013   by Grantmakers for Children, Youth and Families

GCYF is seeking a dynamic executive director who can lead our membership association of grantmaking institutions, and create a bold new vision for the impact that philanthropy can have on the quality of life for children in the U.S. The highly qualified candidate will be a convener who is able to engage diverse constituencies and foster leadership and collaboration among a network of funders who are committed to the well-being of children, youth and families.

John A. Hartford Foundation: 30 Years in Aging and Health

posted Fri, Aug 2, 2013   by The John A. Hartford Foundation

GIA member, the John A. Hartford Foundation, focuses its latest annual report on its 30 years as a funder in aging and health.


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