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Fewer Older Women are Living Alone

posted Mon, Feb 22, 2016   by Smaller Share of Women Ages 65 and Older are Living Alone

After rising for nearly a century, the percentage of older women living along is now on the decline. New Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data finds that since 1990 the share of older women between the ages of 65 and 84 living alone dropped 6%. One reason, increase in life expectancy, especially among men, has made it more likely that older women would be living with their spouses rather than as widows. The findings also underline the extent to which older adults value their independence and wish to live in their own home, even when they can no longer care for themselves.

AARP: How To Develop Age-Friendly Efforts That Last

posted Fri, Feb 19, 2016   by AARP Livable Communities

Since its creation in 2012, the AARP Network of Age Friendly Communities has attracted dozens of U.S. towns, cities and counties to its ranks. In this blog, AARP Livable Communities project advisor Jeanne Anthony outlines the Guiding Principles for the Sustainability of Age-Friendly Community Efforts from GIA's working framework document by that title. "The framework, and its principles and related strategies, will be helpful to a wide range of community leaders, elected officials, organizations and residents interested in creating age-friendly communities," she writes.

New Dartmouth Atlas examines variations in care for seniors

posted Thu, Feb 18, 2016   by John A. Hartford Foundation

The latest Dartmouth Atlas report, supported by The John A. Hartford Foundation, "Our Parents, Ourselves: Health Care for an Aging Population" takes a close and compelling look at how older adults receive care across the United States.

The Health Care Neighborhood: Philanthropy’s Role in Aging Well

posted Tue, Feb 16, 2016   by Grantmakers in Health: Views from the Field

Gregory DiDomenico, President and CEO of the Community Memorial Foundation, writes about how health care needs to "get beyond the blind side" and deal more comprehensively with people's social needs in order to provide the best health care. To effect this kind of change, the foundation has moved from grantmaking to "change making" with the Aging Well Neighborhood (formerly the Older Adult Health Neighborhood), created in 2014 as the next step toward collaboratively transforming the health care of aging adults in their community.


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