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New Federal Budget Freezes Most Spending for Senior Services—Again

posted Mon, Dec 22, 2014

Congress has again frozen funding for most senior services programs, analyst Howard Gleckman writes, from Meals on Wheels and other nutrition programs to falls prevention and state health insurance assistance programs (SHIPs). In the new budget approved by Congress over the weekend a few programs got some extra dollars, and a few were trimmed. The highest profile cut: Congress eliminated all $3 million from President Obama’s funding request for next summer’s planned White House Conference on Aging. However, congressional aides expect the White House can still cobble together money needed to run the conference, though it is likely to be a shoestring operation.

Foundations Can Help Transform How We Care for Aging Americans

posted Mon, Dec 22, 2014   by The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Writing in the Chronicle of Philanthropy, Marc J. Dunkelman, a fellow in public policy at Brown University’s A. Alfred Taubman Center for Public Policy and American Institutions and a senior fellow at the Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton Foundation, argues that foundations can help find a way to coordinate services: "In each case, the goal is simple: to build relationships among existing care providers who, when working in collaboration, can begin to spell some of the burden being placed on families under the incumbent social safety net."

Cambia Health Foundation announces palliative care Sojourns Scholar Leadership Program

posted Thu, Dec 18, 2014   by Cambia Health Foundation

Cambia Health Foundation is pleased to announce that applications are being accepted for the 2015 Sojourns Scholar Leadership Program, a national initiative designed to identify, cultivate and advance the next generation of palliative care leaders. The program seeks to support outstanding emerging nurse and physician leaders by investing in their professional development over a two-year period. Scholars receive $180,000 ($90,000/year) in funding to conduct an innovative and impactful clinical, research, education or policy project in the field of palliative care and implement a leadership career plan designed to support their growth as leaders in the field. Physicians and nurses from across the United States are eligible to apply. Applications are due February 28, 2015. Candidates must apply at www.cambiahealthfoundation.org. For questions please contact Elyse Salend, Program Officer by email at Elyse.Salend@Cambiahealth.com or by telephone at 503-499-1340 or Jennifer Fuller, Program Officer by email at Jennifer.Fuller@cambiahealth.com or by telephone at 503-225-5154.

Tufts Health Plan Ftdn to fund age-friendly work

posted Wed, Dec 17, 2014   by Tufts Health Plan Foundation

With its new focus, the Foundation is looking for ideas that will move communities toward accomplishing the World Health Organization’s standards for Age-friendly Communities. Specifically in the area of Systems and Best Practices, the Foundation will fund activities in Health and Wellness, Workforce Development, Purposeful Engagement, and Field and Capacity Building that will Improve or build systems to support healthy living with an emphasis on the systems that are serving older adults, bring organizations together to work collaboratively to achieve broader impact and change, and/or Scale efforts to address community needs. The Foundation prioritizes activities that serve older adults living in underserved areas of Massachusetts and Rhode Island, and who are at risk economically and socially.

Plough Fdtn announces "unprecedented" $12M in senior grants

posted Mon, Dec 15, 2014   by Memphis Daily News

The Plough Foundation, a GIA member, has made an unprecedented series of grants totaling nearly $12 million to serve Memphis-area seniors. The grants will help feed vulnerable Shelby County senior citizens a million meals, to rehab the homes of 500 low-income seniors and to build a continuum of care for elderly victims of abuse through a coordinated community response, among other projects.

Fmr Asst Surgeon Gen'l: Aging in place "an intergenerational priority"

posted Fri, Dec 12, 2014   by The Huffington Post

Writing in The Huffington Post, former Assistant Surgeon General Susan Blumenthal, MD, writes in support of age-friendly communities! "Achieving communities that support aging in place will require working together across the public and private sectors, and engaging experts in urban planning, architecture, health care, transportation, agricultural policies and social services. Communities must ensure that people of all ages can meet their basic needs, but the concept of aging in place demands much more than survival; it also calls for vibrant, engaging communities that recognize the needs of seniors and their contributions."

Hanging holiday lights for older neighbors: #agefriendly

posted Mon, Dec 8, 2014   by Arizona Republic

In Arizona, Tempe Neighbors Helping Neighbors, a Village model organization and partner of Community AGEnda grantee Maricopa Association of Governments, has launched a second year of helping older residents hang their holiday lights. A great age-friendly and volunteer activity!

Cambia Health Ftdn announces $10M gift for palliative care

posted Mon, Dec 8, 2014   by Cambia Health Foundation

The Cambia Health Foundation announces a $10 Million Endowment to the Palliative Care Center of Excellence at UW Medicine in Seattle. The gift will secure the future of the center, which will be renamed the Cambia Palliative Care Center of Excellence this December. The Cambia Palliative Care Center of Excellence will employ research and education to improve quality of life for patients who need palliative care: those at the end of life as well as patients with serious illnesses, chronic conditions or traumatic injuries.

The Villages in the New York Times

posted Mon, Dec 1, 2014

Nice feature on The Villages featuring Andrew Scharlach, PhD, of UC Berkeley and Judy Willett, National Director of the Village to Village Network. Great age-friendly examples of how models that help older adults "age in place."

WH Conference on Aging: Notes from the GIA Listening Session

posted Mon, Dec 1, 2014

One of the highlights of the 2014 GIA Annual Conference in San Francisco was the chance to share views and listen to news from Administrator Kathy Greenlee, about the White House Conference on Aging. Read the full minutes of this important session co-sponsored by Grantmakers In Health and GIA.


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