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Pfizer Foundation renews Community AGEnda funding

posted Thu, Oct 23, 2014

Community AGEnda, GIA's age-friendly initiative to help communities become great places to grow up and grow old, has received a third year of funding from the Pfizer Foundation. Read all about plans for year three, including what the five Community AGEnda sites are working on, in this news release. Our thanks to the Pfizer Foundation!

Introducing GREAT PLACES, an age-friendly e-newsletter from Community AGEnda

posted Fri, Oct 17, 2014

Community AGEnda, an age-friendly initiative of Grantmakers In Aging with funding from the Pfizer Foundation, has launched a new e-newsletter, GREAT PLACES. We welcome news from all communities, citizens, organizations, and funders working to make communities better places to grow up and grow old.

Helen Bader Fdtn. receives $2M grant from Cargill Fdtn. for healthy aging

posted Thu, Oct 9, 2014

The Helen Bader Foundation in Milwaukee has announced a $2 million grant from the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation in support of an initiative to keep older adults in rural Wisconsin healthy and mentally and physically engaged. As part of the eighteen-month initiative, the foundation will re-grant the funds to local nonprofits, with an initial focus on programs supporting healthy aging and livable communities where rural older adults can age with grace. The grant is in addition to the roughly $1.5 million HBF awards annually in support of healthy aging programs.

Tufts Health Plan Foundation Awards $880K to 22 Nonprofit Organizations

posted Tue, Oct 7, 2014   by Tufts Health Plan Foundation

The Tufts Health Plan Foundation announced today more than $880,000 in new funding to 22 Massachusetts and Rhode Island-based organizations. More than 25 percent of grants this cycle are for programs which have not been funded previously by the Tufts Health Plan Foundation. These include intergenerational programs in Somerville and Worcester, evidence-based Tai Chi and Fall Prevention programs in Boston and Johnston, RI, and a new driving assessment program for older adults through Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Cape Cod. New funding this cycle also includes the Massachusetts Association of Councils on Aging’s Aging Mastery program, which was created by the National Council on Aging to empower participants to make small but impactful changes in their health behaviors.

Report Claims Success Treating Alzheimer's Memory Loss

posted Tue, Oct 7, 2014   by HealthDay

A researcher is reporting success in a small study of reversing memory problems associated with early stage Alzheimer's disease by using a complex program of lifestyle changes, supplements and hormones. Of the first 10 patients treated, nine reported improvements in memory within three to six months, according to Dr. Dale Bredesen, a professor of neurology at the University of California, Los Angeles, who developed the program. Writing in the September issue of the journal Aging, Bredesen describes the cases of 10 patients undergoing the therapy -- half of whom were diagnosed with mild mental (cognitive) impairment or early-stage Alzheimer's.

New Study: 5 Things You Should Know About Aging & LGBT People

posted Tue, Oct 7, 2014   by The Huffington Post 50

A new research report—Out and Visible: The Experiences and Attitudes of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Older Adults, Ages 45-76—sheds new light on these issues. Based on a 2014 nationally representative study of more than 1,800 LGBT people and more than 500 non-LGBT people, Out and Visible extensively describes how LGBT people feel and experience areas such as healthcare, finance and retirement, support systems, housing and more. The study was commissioned by SAGE and led by Harris Poll.

NYTimes: More older adults are struggling with substance abuse

posted Tue, Oct 7, 2014

An estimated 2.8 million older adults in the United States meet the criteria for alcohol abuse, the New York Times reports, and this number is expected to reach 5.7 million by 2020, according to a study in the journal “Addiction.” In 2008, 231,200 people over 50 sought treatment for substance abuse, up from 102,700 in 1992, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, a federal agency.

Aging population might actually be a competitive advantage

posted Wed, Oct 1, 2014   by Washington Post


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