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Community AGEnda offers new age-friendly community toolkit

posted Fri, Jul 31, 2015   by Grantmakers In Aging

Community AGEnda, the age-friendly initiative of Grantmakers in Aging, has released a new age-friendly community toolkit. This exciting new resource is available to advocates for age-friendly communities around the world and addresses the challenge in communicating effectively about this promising idea. Learn how to create more effective messages, shape brochures, and frame public communications campaigns. Toolkit partners such as WHO Age-Friendly Cities, AARP Livable Communities and AARP International, The Village to Village Network, N4A, the AdvantAGE Initiative contributed their valuable experience and research.

8 million Boomers facing hunger: AARP Foundation report

posted Thu, Jul 30, 2015   by AARP Foundation

More than eight million Baby Boomers age 50 to 64 are turning to charitable food assistance to make ends meet, according to a new report released today by Feeding America® made possible by a grant from AARP Foundation. “Baby Boomers and Beyond: Facing Hunger After Fifty” documents lack of employment, housing instability, poor health and unpaid medical bills are among the top challenges facing this age group, most of whom are not age eligible for federal support programs like Social Security and Medicare.

Gary and Mary West Fdn. receives award for intergenerational programming

posted Fri, Jul 24, 2015

The Gary and Mary West Foundation Receives Generations United Leadership Award for Outstanding Support of Intergenerational Programs

Eisner Foundation now funding only intergenerational programs

posted Thu, Jul 23, 2015   by Chronicle of Philanthropy

The foundation created by the entertainment mogul Michael Eisner has begun focusing all of its grants on one theme: promoting programs that bring together young and old people to solve problems, reports the Chronicle of Philanthropy. It is thought to be the only philanthropy that is devoted entirely to promoting intergenerational programs. When they started the foundation in 1996, Michael and Jane Eisner focused exclusively on programs designed to benefit children. The new strategy for the foundation’s $8 million per year in grants, says chief executive Trent Stamp, has been several years in the making.

Terry Fulmer on raising status, skills of LTSS workforce

posted Wed, Jul 22, 2015   by LeadingAge Magazine

In this interview with LeadingAge magazine, the new president of the John A. Hartford Foundation, Terry Fulmer, PhD, RN, discusses the need and the best approaches for building the long-term care workforce. "We need a fundamental 'reboot' in this country related to the way we’re delivering care. Person-centered, appropriate care, within the frame of the triple aim: That’s my wish."

Study finds more intensive end-of-life cancer care despite directives

posted Tue, Jul 21, 2015   by Kaiser Health News

Many dying cancer patients may still receive more intensive care than they would have wished, a study this month found, according to Kaiser Health News. The study, published online in JAMA Oncology, examined survey data from the Health and Retirement Study, a national study of U.S. residents older than age 50.

New rules modernize nursing home safety

posted Mon, Jul 20, 2015   by NPR Shots blog

After nearly 30 years, the Obama administration wants to modernize the rules nursing homes must follow to qualify for Medicare and Medicaid payments. The proposed regulations include a section on electronic health records and measures to better ensure that patients or their families are involved in care planning and in the discharge process. The rules also would strengthen infection control, minimize the use of antibiotic and antipsychotic drugs and reduce hospital readmissions. Residents should also be able to choose their roommates including a rooming arrangement that could include a same-sex couple, siblings, other relatives, long term friends or any other combination" as long as nursing home administrators "can reasonably accommodate the arrangement."

Join Generations United, celebrate Grandparents Day 9/13

posted Mon, Jul 20, 2015   by Generations United

Grandparents Day is a great intergenerational event, celebrating older adults, children, youth and families, and grandfamilies. Join Generations United, do something grand and share your wisdom, perspectives and key civic values with young people and advocate on their behalf.

John Feather: Celebrating Aging in the Nation's House #WHCOA

posted Mon, Jul 20, 2015   by The Huffington Post 50

Reflecting on the White House Conference on Aging, John Feather writes on the Huffington Post that it "provided a welcome occasion for recognition and celebration."

Medicare's Tavenner to head health insurance lobby

posted Thu, Jul 16, 2015   by Kaiser Health News

The former head of Medicare will become the top lobbyist for health insurers, America’s Health Insurance Plans announced Wednesday. Marilyn Tavenner will lead the trade group following the departure of former CEO Karen Ignagni earlier this year. Tavenner formerly led the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and oversaw the implementation of President Barack Obama’s health law.

WHCOA Reactions: Next Avenue

posted Thu, Jul 16, 2015   by Next Avenue via Forbes

We learned that it’s just not possible to cover all the important topics related to aging in just one day.

What to expect at the White House Conference on Aging

posted Mon, Jul 6, 2015   by NEXT AVENUE

Details are finally starting to emerge about the agenda for the White House Conference on Aging on July 13. Invitation only, with webcast. “I think it will really be an interesting, fun day with a mix of celebrities and cabinet secretaries and corporate leaders who are making commitments to move forward, fully recognizing from the federal government that that we don’t have all the answers, nor the resources, to solve these issues,” Nora Super, executive director of the WHCOA told NEXT AVENUE.

Dementia-friendly programs that work: PARADE magazine

posted Wed, Jul 1, 2015   by PARADE magazine

Great examples of programs that help communities and organizations become more dementia-friendly, in a wrap-up in PARADE magazine.

John Feather on HuffPost: Gay and Old: “A Special Class of People”?

posted Wed, Jul 1, 2015   by The Huffington Post - Post 50

In the latest installment of his blog on the Huffington Post, GIA CEO John Feather explores the need for LGBT-friendly senior centers, and the shared experience of LGBT people as they grow older, with personal reflections.


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