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Watch GIA's new Community AGEnda age-friendly video!

posted Wed, Mar 19, 2014

Where do you want to grow old? Get a quick overview of how communities can become more age-friendly, from Community AGEnda.

Results are in, EngAGEment Intitiative a success

posted Tue, Mar 18, 2014

GIA's EngAGEment Initiative has been making a difference in stimulating funding for aging causes since it's beginning in 2004. Since that time EngAGEment has generated 29 new partnerships between local funders and $6.5 million in new investments into aging. With a total of 114 foundations participating in EngAGEment, it's impact is sure to be lasting. Read the Evaluation Brief for a complete overview.

NYT: New career opportunities for older Americans, caring for an aging population

posted Tue, Mar 11, 2014   by New York Times

New fields and jobs are opening up for those 50 plus, to help care for and make a difference in the lives of the U.S. population age 65 and older. An increasingly popular niche is working to help people who wish to remain in their homes and age in place. Some of these jobs require additional training but not full degree programs. Opportunities range from massage therapy to home modification to personal assistant. Such services help seniors live a more independent lifestyle and remain in their homes.

Olympia Dukakis asks, "Who cares for the home-care aides?"

posted Thu, Mar 6, 2014   by CNN.com

In this editorial on CNN.com, actress Olympia Dukakis writes, "When my mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in the late 1980s, my husband and I were not able to meet her needs by ourselves. Like so many families, we turned to committed and compassionate home-care workers, who supported not only my mother but also the whole family during the progression of my mother's disease. I am so grateful that I was able to be with my mother, in our home, in her final years. It would not have been possible without the incredible women who provided quality care to my mother. Care workers are invaluable. We must provide for them in the same amount they provide our elderly, the same amount I gave to my mother and the same amount my own children will give to me."

 

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