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CEO John Feather Receives 2015 ASA Award at Nat'l Meeting

posted Thu, Mar 26, 2015

GIA CEO received the 2015 ASA Award from the American Society on Aging (ASA). The award is presented to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to aging-related research, administration or advocacy, and is intended to create visibility for the field of aging. Feather was selected for his contributions to aging-related service, including the impact his work has had on national policy or programs, and his professional reputation as a leader on aging issues. He was presented the award at the opening general session of the 2015 Aging in America Conference in Chicago on March 23, 2015.

Letter from the CEO: Combating social isolation

posted Thu, Mar 19, 2015

In John Feather's latest Letter from the CEO, he writes about how GIA is working against loneliness and social isolation through age-friendly initiatives like Community AGEnda, which aims to help communities become great places to grow up and grow old.

Why elder abuse is everyone's problem

posted Wed, Mar 18, 2015

AFAR Medical Officer Richard Besdine, MD, writes in the Huffington Post: "We have an enormous problem with elder abuse, by which I mean the physical, psychological or sexual harm, neglect (self-neglect or by a caregiver) or financial exploitation of vulnerable older people. Elder abuse in all its forms is ugly, painful, costly and simply wrong. The problem is also bigger than most people realize. It's seriously under-reported, but an estimated one in 10 older people experiences some kind of abuse every year."

Tufts Health Plan Fdn releases Healthy Aging Data Report

posted Wed, Mar 18, 2015

The Massachusetts Healthy Aging Data Report is designed to help residents, agencies, providers and governments understand the older adults who live in their cities and towns – their ages, living arrangements, health status, strengths and vulnerabilities. The report was commissioned by the Tufts Health Plan Foundation with research led by the Gerontology Institute of the John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston.

New MacArthur President Promises More Immediate Impact

posted Mon, Mar 16, 2015   by The Chronicle of Philanthropy

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation looked within its own ranks to pick its new president, Julia Stasch, who has promised to instill a sense of urgency at the grant maker. "It’s fine to have a pedagogical approach," she said, "but shouldn’t we be actually working on a problem?"

2016 IFA Conference will focus on disaster readiness and recovery

posted Fri, Mar 6, 2015

In 2016, the International Federation on Ageing 13th Global Conference, Disasters in an Ageing World: Readiness, Resilience and Recovery, will be held at the Brisbane, Australia. Dates are June 21-23, 2016. The program will primarily focus on Disasters in an Ageing World, reflecting on both natural and man-made disasters. We will explore approaches to risk reduction, readiness, resilience, response and recovery with the goal of understanding how to establish and design more age friendly, disaster prepared communities.

Meals on Wheels-More Than a Meal: New Study

posted Wed, Mar 4, 2015   by Meals on Wheels

More Than a Meal, a new study funded by AARP Foundation and conducted by researchers at Brown University, investigates the impact of meal service delivery on homebound seniors receiving Meals on Wheels. As the Meals on Wheels program faces limited funding and rising costs, this study compares the experience and health outcomes realized by older adults in three different levels of service: daily traditional meal delivery, once-weekly frozen delivery and individuals on a waiting list.


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