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NYT: The Home They Can Afford Is Ever More Elusive for Older New Yorkers By MIREYA NAVARRO and VIVIAN YEEAPRIL 29, 2014 Continue reading the main story Video

posted Tue, Apr 29, 2014

Finding adequate housing has become an all-consuming preoccupation for many older New Yorkers, a group whose explosive growth and changing housing needs pose new challenges for the city, the New York Times reports. As serious as New York’s affordable housing shortage has become, the squeeze has been perhaps harshest on older adults. At a certain age, substandard living conditions become less tolerable, walk-ups are no longer viable, even stabilized rents become too high, and the need for housing with special services grows. The intensifying demand for housing for aging adults already overwhelms the existing offerings, especially for the poor, senior services providers say. And the city, they say, has no comprehensive housing plan to accommodate an aging population.

Langston: Listen to older patients to improve medical homes

posted Fri, Apr 25, 2014   by HealthLeaders Media

Recent research that casts a pall on the cost and quality effectiveness of the patient centered medical home is far from the final word on what patients—especially older, expensive ones—say they want from their physicians. HealthLeaders Media interviewed GIA board Chair Christopher Langston, Program Director at the John A. Hartford Foundation on the Foundation's new poll on older adults' experiences of the medical home and the importance of geriatrics expertise.

Google hires UCSF aging geneticist Cynthia Kenyon

posted Mon, Apr 21, 2014

UCSF confirmed that Cynthia Kenyon, a biochemistry and biophysics professor acclaimed for her discoveries about the genetics of aging, left UCSF this month to join Calico, Google's nascent biotechnology company. She had served as a part-time adviser to Calico since November.

Report: Aging in Boston

posted Thu, Apr 17, 2014

A research report from the City of Boston’s Commission on Affairs of the Elderly and the Gerontology Institute at UMass Boston, produced in collaboration between the Boston Commission on Affairs of the Elderly and the Center for Social and Demographic Research on Aging at the Gerontology Institute of the University of Massachusetts Boston. The demographic profile presented here highlights the city’s cultural, racial and ethnic diversity as a central context for the changing needs and concerns of older Bostonians. Potential challenges relating to health and caregiving, social engagement, income security, and housing are identified; as well, the opportunities presented by an older population are recognized.

New John A. Hartford Foundation grants: palliative care, aging philanthropy

posted Thu, Apr 17, 2014

The John A. Hartford Foundation is pleased to announce two new grants. First, under its Models of Care portfolio, the Foundation renewed support for the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC), a pioneering organization led by a pioneering woman, Diane Meier, MD, of Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. Secondly, the Hartford Foundation has made a core support grant to Grantmakers in Aging (GIA), the membership group of funders who invest in aging issues and programs. With core support from Hartford, matched in funding by four other foundations, GIA will be able to expand its outreach and educational activities that bring philanthropies into the aging field, continue its successful webinar series that introduces important aging topics to funders; produce aging and health issue briefs; support a funders forum for Age-Friendly Communities; and continue its annual conference.

AARP: Family Caregivers Providing Complex Chronic Care to Their Spouses

posted Wed, Apr 16, 2014   by AARP Public Policy Institute

A recent national survey of family caregivers of adults conducted by the AARP Public Policy Institute and the United Hospital Fund found that 1 in 5 family caregivers is a spouse. This report was produced by the AARP Public Policy Institute and the United Hospital Fund with support from The John A. Hartford Foundation. Spousal caregivers are more likely than nonspousal caregivers to provide assistance with medical/nursing tasks such as medication management and wound care. Yet they are less likely to receive support from family and friends and are far less likely to have home visits from health care professionals and aides.

GIA Webinar: Politics of age-friendliness: 4/29 "Conversations with GIA"

posted Fri, Apr 11, 2014

Our sense of place – a place to call home, an environment to relate to and a community that embraces every stage of our lives - shapes our identity. This webinar in the "Conversations with GIA" series examines how the term “age-friendly” has become is an important pillar to the strategic plans of all levels of government. What does it mean to decision-makers and politicians for their community to be age-friendly? Special thanks to our co-sponsors, John A. Hartford Foundation, the Community AGEnda initiative, The Pfizer Foundation, and the International Federation on Ageing (IFA).

It takes villages: Boomers' new retirement communities

posted Wed, Apr 9, 2014   by Reuters

In an interview with author Beth Baker, Reuters explores options for Boomer retirement. "I think we need to reframe this idea as aging in community. We will all need not only networks of friendship but some of the bigger structural pieces, like transportation, walkable communities and some of the new technologies that can keep us safe and connected in our homes. I do think it's possible in another generation or two that assisted living facilities and nursing home complexes will disappear. People are going to be much happier rethinking our vision of long-term care. Somehow we need to get comfortable with the idea of very local solutions that are going to involve a mix of volunteer and paid assistance, and a better balance of independence and interdependence."

Online sites help caregivers give care

posted Mon, Apr 7, 2014   by Philadelphia Inquirer

CareZone.com and its app are among several Web- and mobile-based companies that cater to the needs of caregivers, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. CareZone, which started in 2010, has about 1 million users of the free service and contains hundreds of CareZone groups. Sometimes called the "anti-Facebook," the service allows people to keep and share information, such as a hospital report, updates from a doctor's visit, or a medication list - with others in a private, secure setting. By storing vital information in a single location, caregivers can avoid repetition of activities or missing an important appointment. "Facebook is good for social networking and LinkedIn is good for finding a job," says cofounder and CEO Schwartz. "We got together to think about what it would look like to care for someone online."

NYT: Help for caregivers: walking the talk

posted Fri, Apr 4, 2014   by New York Times Old Age blog

The New York Times New Old Age blog reports on a new way to support family caregivers: “Loneliness and social isolation are big issues for caregivers,” says Dr. Sangeeta Kopardekar, chairwoman of geriatrics and palliative care at El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, CA. As caregivers walk and talk on Saturday mornings or Thursday afternoons, or turn out for a salsa dance class Wednesday nights (though conversation might prove more difficult there), she hopes that “they will eventually form informal support networks.” Traditional support groups serve that purpose, too, and have been shown to reduce caregiver stress and depression. But not everyone wants to sit in a circle of chairs and share. Some might find exercise, also a potent way to relieve stress and improve health, more palatable.

Older adults like, want medical homes: "On Your Team" poll

posted Fri, Apr 4, 2014   by John A. Hartford Foundation

A strong vote of confidence for the medical home: the John A. Hartford Foundation has released the findings of “On Your Team,” its third public poll, examining older adults’ experiences and opinions of team care and the patient-centered medical home. In the poll, older adults surveyed expressed high interest and positive experiences with the medical home. A large majority (83%) of those who say they already receive well-coordinated care from a team of providers say team care has improved their health. Even among older adults not currently receiving this type of care, 61 percent say they believe team care would improve their health, and 73 percent would want this type of care, the survey found. Full details available at the website of the John A. Hartford Foundation.


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