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HuffPost: Older Adults Face More Danger in Natural Disasters

posted Thu, Dec 19, 2013   by The Huffington Post

The devastation from Typhoon Haiyan is widespread, but, as in many natural disasters, older people have been disproportionately hurt. More than a million older Filipinos have been affected or displaced. In the regions where victims' ages are known, one out of three people who died were over the age of 60, even though they represented less than one tenth of the population. At Grantmakers In Aging (GIA), a national association of funders dedicated to improving the experience of aging, we know these challenges all too well. In 2005, we raised $4.87 million to rebuild services for older adults following Hurricane Katrina (when older adults made up 70 percent of the victims.) So why are disaster-related death rates so much higher for older adults?

Community AGEnda featured in American City & County magazine

posted Thu, Dec 19, 2013   by American City and County

As baby boomers grow older, age-friendly policy is becoming critically important. As the nation’s “baby boomers” grow older, communities must prepare for a major demographic shift – but that doesn’t necessarily mean tremendous policy overhauls or daunting public works projects. As communities nationwide are discovering, small shifts in perspective now can make huge differences down the line. John Feather, CEO of Grantmakers in Aging, a philanthropic organization dedicated to improving the lives of the elderly, says preparation doesn’t necessarily have to be a major ordeal. He says that meaningful changes tomorrow can be enacted through slight shifts in perspective today. Feather recommends communities examine what he calls an “aging lens,” or the way municipalities regulate themselves with the elderly in mind.

7th Annual Positive Aging Conference, Feb 9-12 in Sarasota

posted Thu, Dec 5, 2013   by Institute for the Ages website

The 7th Annual Positive Aging Conference is a “can't miss” event for any foundation that believes a society that is better for older adults is a society that is better for people of all ages. Sunday, February 9 to Wednesday February 12, 2014, in Sarasota, Florida. Early registration discount available until December 15, 2013. The overall conference theme is: Positive Aging Transcends: The Voices of Innovation and Community. Topics include Wellness, Creativity, Transitions, Community, and Technology. The Patterson Foundation will also be hosting a “foundation-only” gathering, so please contact let Debra Jacobs at djacobs@thepattersonfoundation.org if you will be attending.

Newport, VT joins WHO age-friendly cities program

posted Wed, Dec 4, 2013   by VTdigger.org

Newport is poised to become Vermont’s first city to join AARP’s nationwide Network of Age Friendly Cities. As such, the city embraces the changing demographics of an aging population by focusing on safe, walkable streets, better housing and transportation options, access to key services and community engagement opportunities for all ages. As Newport plans for major redevelopment of its downtown and economic base, the city and its partners — including AARP Vermont and the Newport City Renaissance Corp. — are looking at ways to prepare for a rapidly aging population.

Letter from the CEO: Special Typhoon Haiyan briefing

posted Mon, Dec 2, 2013   by GIA

In this special edition of his Letter from the CEO, GIA's John Feather announces a special gift from GIA to the HelpAge International relief fund for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan and invites GIA members to consider a gift as well. As the special briefing (included) from HelpAge's Director of Strategic Development Mark Gorman explains, older people are both disproportionately harmed in many natural disasters and their aftermaths, but also have much to contribute as the society reconstitutes itself.


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