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Erie County, NY, joins AARP age-friendly network

posted Tue, Sep 23, 2014   by Buffalo News

About 60 percent of New York’s baby boomers say they would consider leaving the state after they retire, taking their significant economic impact with them, the Buffalo news reports. As part of an effort to hang onto older residents, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz announced Monday that the county is joining AARP’s Network of Age Friendly Communities.

IOM Report on Dying in America

posted Fri, Sep 19, 2014   by Dying in America: Improving Quality and Honoring Individual Preferences Near the End of Life

This new report from the Institute of Medicine is titled "Dying in America: Improving Quality and Honoring Individual Preferences Near the End of Life" reports that a substantial body of evidence shows that broad improvements to end-of-life care are within reach. In Dying in America, a consensus report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM), a committee of experts finds that improving the quality and availability of medical and social services for patients and their families could not only enhance quality of life through the end of life, but may also contribute to a more sustainable care system.

C-SPAN Video of AARP / Harvard Housing report event available

posted Thu, Sep 18, 2014   by C-SPAN

On September 2, 2014, panelists discussed a new report on the looming housing crunch titled "Housing America’s Older Adults: Meeting the Needs of an Aging Population." The report was sponsored by the AARP Foundation with the Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies. This C-SPAN video captured several speakers, including Lindsay Goldman, Project Director New York Academy of Medicine/Age-Friendly NYC; Kathy Greenlee, Assistant Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services/Administration on Aging; Terri Ludwig, President and CEO, Enterprise Community Partners; Ann Norton, Member, AARP National Policy Council; and Vivian Vasallo, Vice President, AARP Foundation, Housing Impact Area.

New Member Spotlight: The McGregor Foundation

posted Wed, Sep 17, 2014

Longtime GIA member, The McGregor Foundation, supports older adults in need, as well as those who serve them, in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, which encompasses the Greater Cleveland area.

Apply for 2015 Best Intergenerational Communities Awards

posted Tue, Sep 16, 2014   by Generations United

Generations United and MetLife Foundation are now accepting applications for the 2015 Best Intergenerational Communities Awards. The award will recognize up to 7 extraordinary, age-optimized communities, selected based on standard criteria that take into account a community’s own demographics, services, programs and organizational structure. Communities will be recognized for their specific intergenerational successes, not as compared to other applicants. Deadline is October 15, 2015.

Study: many seniors in ER many be malnourished

posted Fri, Sep 12, 2014   by The New York Times

Many seniors who seek care in emergency departments may be malnourished, a small study by researchers at the University of North Carolina suggests. The study is among the first to attempt to document the extent of this problem. Malnutrition in older adults can lead to muscle wasting, fatigue, weakness, functional decline, an increased risk of infection, the exacerbation of chronic illnesses and death. Yet this treatable condition is often overlooked or ignored by medical providers. The study was published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Milken Inst. asks mayors to improve lives of older Americans

posted Tue, Sep 9, 2014

The Milken Institute today began contacting mayors across America, asking that they commit to improve the lives of older people in their cities by signing the Best Cities for Successful Aging Mayor’s Pledge. The pledge, part of the Institute’s Best Cities for Successful Aging initiative, comes from the initiative’s advisory committee, a diverse group of thought leaders and experts in the field.

WSJ: How philanthropy is changing

posted Mon, Sep 8, 2014   by Wall Street Journal

This Wall Street Journal article profiles Arrillaga-Andreessen, , professor of philanthropy at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and founder of the Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen Foundation, an organization that she says operates as a philanthropic innovation lab. It aims to democratize giving by providing online resources and programs to make donating more accessible to people at all levels of wealth. Next month, she is releasing her first Massive Open Online Course, or MOOC, and making the six-week online program in collaboration with Stanford free to all. Her goal is to teach people to give more effectively.

Sunday Sept 7 is Grandparents Day

posted Thu, Sep 4, 2014   by Generations united

GIA is partnering with Generations United for Grandparents Day, Sunday, September 7. Check out Grand Things to Do for lots of great ideas on ways to celebrate Grandparents Day all year long, including GU's newly revised Take Action Guide.

America is rapidly aging in a country built for the young: WPost

posted Wed, Sep 3, 2014   by The Washington Post

In terms of the nation's housing, we're rapidly approaching a serious clash in America between housing stock and community design on one hand, and demographics on the other, the Washington Post reports on a new report from Harvard's Joint Center for Housing Studies and the AARP. This reality has been a fine one for a younger country. Those multi-story, single-family homes with broad lawns were great for Baby Boomers when they had young families. And car-dependent suburbs have been fine for residents with the means and mobility to drive everywhere. But as the Baby Boomers whose preferences drove a lot of these trends continue to age, it's becoming increasingly clear that the housing and communities we've built won't work very well for the old. What will happen to Baby Boomers stuck in suburbia once they can't drive anymore? Where will an aging population with more disabilities live when we've built so little accessible housing?

Housing America's Older Adults: new Harvard report


This new report, created by the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies, titled HOUSING AMERICA'S OLDER ADULTS: MEETING THE NEEDS OF AN AGING POPULATION, examines the need for affordable, accessible, well-located housing. Housing is the single largest item in most household budgets and housing costs have a direct effect on economic security. Principal funding for this report was provided by a grant from the AARP Foundation with support from The Hartford. Additional support was provided by the Policy Advisory Board of the Joint Center for Housing Studies.

Interactive map shows movement of aging population

posted Tue, Sep 2, 2014   by Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies

These two maps, created by the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies. show the share of U.S. county population aged 50 and over (percent) in 1990 (left panel) and 2010 (right panel). Slide the vertical bar left and right to see the changes over time. To view detailed county information, click the county.


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