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Feather: Engaging private philanthropy in aging: time for a new approach

posted Tue, Oct 27, 2015   by ASA's Generations

Writing in ASA's Generations, GIA CEO John Feather says there are three main misconceptions about aging, explains how the Gauging Aging report can help reframe our language and approach, and calls on funders to bring an "aging lens" to work with a broader range of partners.

To Age Well, Change How You Feel About Aging

posted Mon, Oct 19, 2015   by The Wall Street Journal

Scientists are discovering something very peculiar about aging: How we feel about getting old matters. A lot. In test after test, researchers are finding that if we think about getting older in terms of decline or disability, our health likely will suffer, the Wall Street Journal report. If, on the other hand, we see aging in terms of opportunity and growth, our bodies respond in kind. That research holds out the possibility for much healthier aging. But it also points to a very big obstacle: Negative stereotypes about aging are pervasive in America. Even many older adults embrace the idea that getting old is a bad thing—which means they’re doing potentially serious harm to their health without realizing it.

GIA leaders attend conference on making NJ more age-friendly

posted Thu, Oct 8, 2015   by NorthJersey.com

The Conference on Creating Age-Friendly Communities in Northern New Jersey, held at Montclair State University, was attended by more than 150 social service organizations, business leaders, academics, architects, community planners and elected officials from 35 towns, NorthJersey.com reports. The age-friendly gathering featured remarks by GIA CEO John Feather and Community AGEnda grantee Kathryn Lawler, among others, and was supported by the Henry and Marilyn Taub Foundation and the Grotta Fund for Senior Care.

AARP Foundation Launches Impact-Investing Program

posted Thu, Oct 8, 2015   by Chronicle of Philanthropy

The Chronicle of Philanthropy reports that, with $5 million in initial support, the AARP Foundation hopes to attract a total of $70 million to what it calls the first impact-investing program designed to benefit struggling older adults. AARP Foundation made a $1-million grant to the effort, called Age Strong, and also provided $4 million in a program-related investment that has the potential to generate returns. In addition, the foundation’s parent organization has pledged up to $6 million. Using the grant maker’s support as a launching pad, the Calvert Foundation plans to raise up to $60 million from private investors seeking both a financial return and social benefits for the country’s aging population. Capital Impact Partners, a nonprofit community-development group, will identify projects designed to help people over 50 secure housing, access to healthy food, and an improved financial situation and to remedy problems associated with isolation.

GIA board chair Chris Langston on health IT, scribes

posted Thu, Oct 8, 2015   by Aging Today

In this piece for Aging Today, John A. Hartford Foundation program director and GIA Board Chair Christopher Langston, PhD, reflects on the role of the medical scribein health IT. "Scribes can make several patient visits possible that otherwise could not be fit into a day, and thereby more than offset their cost. Other advocates potential for “returning joy” to the practice of medicine. If we add those non-monetized benefits of scribes in reducing stress, burnout and days that don’t end with hours of charting, using scribes seems to be a no-brainer.for primary care have noted scribes’The downside of the practice: "The scribe is a Band-Aid that enables the system to limp forward and, in so doing, removes the urgency for more systematic and fundamental change."


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