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GIA webinar 2/19: Longevity is (economic) power

posted Wed, Jan 29, 2014

This "Conversations with GIA" webinar, scheduled for Feb 19, 2014, will discuss how businesses of all types—including manufacturers, service providers, retailers, and entrepreneurs—need to understand that these changes can provide strategic opportunities for future growth at the community, national, and global level. Businesses that plan for this trend by adopting age-friendly practices and providing more opportunities for the growing audience of older adult customers and employees will come out ahead of their competition. Presenters Stephen Johnston, Co-Founder, Aging 2.0, and Gregor Rae, Chairman and CEO, BusinessLab, will spotlight older adults as the largest consumer market of our time and explore the multifaceted socio-economic dimensions and possibilities of an ageing population as well as the importance and practicalities of becoming an age-friendly business.

GIA offers condolences on deadly fire in Quebec retirement home

posted Fri, Jan 24, 2014   by Associated Press

GIA wishes to offer deepest condolences to everyone affected by the devastating fire that destroyed a retirement home in L'Isle-Verte, Quebec and killed at least five older adults on Thursday. "This terrible event reminds us again that older adults are especially vulnerable when disaster strikes," said John Feather, PhD, CEO of Grantmakers In Aging (GIA). "Our hearts go out to the families and friends of the victims of this tragedy and those who are still unaccounted for, and to the community that is mourning them today." Many of the residents of the Residence du Havre facility were quite elderly and required walkers or wheelchairs and the death toll is expected to continue to rise.

KC Fed report: The Demographic Shift to Multifamily Housing

posted Thu, Jan 23, 2014

This report, by an economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, predexamines forces underlying the housing recovery to determine when sustained construction growth will resume. The analysis suggests that very strong multifamily construction growth is likely to resume by early 2014 and that moderately strong single-family construction growth is likely to resume by early 2015. The longer term outlook is especially positive for multifamily construction, reflecting the aging of the baby boomers and an associated shift in demand from single-family to multifamily housing.

John Feather on HuffPost: Senior Hunger: Let's call it what it is

posted Fri, Jan 17, 2014   by Huffington Post

Senior hunger can be caused by a number of things. Memory loss can make it more difficult to remember to shop in advance and prepare food. Some diseases cause weight loss. But a very common cause is lack of access. Poorer people often live in areas without access to full service grocery stores with reasonable prices and fresh produce (termed "food deserts"), but even older people in more affluent suburban areas lose access to food if they can no longer drive. The shame and embarrassment of asking for help in accessing food are often barriers. But the most obvious factor is lack of money.

SCAN CEO Dr. Bruce Chernof interview with Hartford Fdtn's Rachael Watman

posted Wed, Jan 15, 2014   by John A. Hartford Foundation website

In December 2013, Bruce Chernof, MD, president and CEO of The SCAN Foundation, spoke to the Hartford Foundation board about SCAN’s new five-year strategic plan, long-term care reform, and their deepening partnership. In this interview he discusses his presentation with Hartford Senior Program Officer Rachael Watman.

Seeking nominations for NCRP 2014 Impact Awards

posted Wed, Jan 15, 2014   by National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy

Effective philanthropy helps change the world. The NCRP Impact Awards recognize that fact and celebrate foundations of all shapes and sizes that have shown leadership, innovation and commitment to solving the country’s toughest problems. Now accepting nominations!

How to achieve better mental health care for lower costs

posted Mon, Jan 13, 2014   by Seattle Times

With the enactment of the Affordable Care Act in 2014, states have an unprecedented opportunity to improve mental health care, according to guest columnists Wayne Katon and Jürgen Unützer, MD, geriatric psychiatrists at the University of Washington School of Medicine writing in the Seattle Times.

Baby Boomers: Poorer in old age than their parents

posted Fri, Jan 3, 2014   by BusinessWeek magazine

For the first time in generations, the next wave of retirees will probably be worse off than the current elderly. While plenty of baby boomers, born from 1946 to 1964, have become affluent, and many elderly across the U.S. face financial hardship, abroad shift occurring around the country. Many graying boomers are less secure financially and have a lower standard of living than their aged parents. The median net worth for U.S. households headed by people aged 55 to 64 was almost 8 percent lower, at $143,964, than those 75 and older in 2011, according to U.S. Census Bureau data. Boomers lost more than other groups in the stock market and housing bust of 2008, and in the aftermath many also lost their jobs at a critical point in their productive years.

Vitamin E Slows Decline of Some Alzheimer’s Patients in Study

posted Thu, Jan 2, 2014   by New York Times

Now a study suggests that vitamin E supplements may be good for some Alzheimer’s patients after all. The benefit was not huge, but for a devastating disease that has proved almost impervious to treatment, it was notable. The study, published in Wednesday’s issue of JAMA, The Journal of the American Medical Association, found that over a little more than two years, high-dose vitamin E slowed the decline of people with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s by about six months on average.


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