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John Feather's ASA presentation on ageism and philanthropy

posted Tue, Mar 29, 2016

John Feather, PhD, CEO of Grantmakers In Aging, gave this presentation at ASA in 2016, on ageism, philanthropy, and ReFraming Aging.

WPost: I needed care for my aunt; I found an eldercare crisis

posted Fri, Mar 25, 2016   by The Washington Post

Unfortunately, our medical system caters to extremes, taking care of you most quickly if you are critically ill, covering you financially only if you’re destitute, according to the Washington Post. "This process has given me a good idea of exactly how frustrating our medical system can be for most seniors and their families." I now understand why one doctor told me a lot of people just wind up putting elders in nursing homes instead of having them stay home.

John A. Hartford Foundation approves $6.7M in new grants

posted Thu, Mar 17, 2016   by John A. Hartford Foundation

One of the grants, on end-of-life care, includes six innovators and a national collaboration among 18 funders. Learn more from president Terry Fulmer's latest Health AGEnda blog outlining all the new grants.

One-size-fits-all services don't suit younger grandmothers raising grandchildren

posted Mon, Mar 14, 2016

Earlier works suggest that younger caregiving grandmothers tend to report higher levels of emotional distress, including depression, when compared with older caregivers. They may experience a sense of loss when personal and professional goals go unrealized. They may also find family caregiving less gratifying than do their older counterparts. Understanding how variables such as age affect African-American custodial grandmothers could lead to beneficial changes in mental health practice strategies and the development of age-appropriate support interventions. Support services designed to target specific individual and family needs have been associated with reducing the negative effects produced by these stressors.

African Americans at higher dementia risk than other racial groups

posted Fri, Mar 11, 2016   by Reuters

Dementia afflicts black people and American Indians more than other racial groups in the U.S., according to a recent study highlighting dramatic disparities in the prevalence of the disease. Researchers looked at six different racial and ethnic groups – African Americans, American Indians and Alaska natives, Hispanics, Pacific islanders, Asian Americans and whites. Dementia rates varied widely, with blacks 65 percent more likely to develop the disorder than Asian Americans, the study found. “The fact that our heterogeneous groups of Asian Americans as a whole had a markedly lower risk is illuminating and speaks to the fact that we need to understand why so we can help lower the risk for everyone,” said senior study author Dr. Rachel Whitmer, an epidemiologist with Kaiser Permanente and the University of California, San Francisco.

GIA Report: Making the case for age-friendly communities

posted Mon, Mar 7, 2016   by The Case for Age-friendly Communities

This report, The Case for Age-Friendly Communities, was prepared for Grantmakers In Aging by Margaret B. Neal, Ph.D., and Alan DeLaTorre, Ph.D., of the Portland State University Institute on Aging. Beyond what individuals themselves can do to age optimally, the movement to create communities that are age-friendly focuses on how the economic, physical, and social environments can be improved to address not only the needs but also to maximize the assets of an aging population, for the benefit of all. (An Executive Summary of this report is also available in the GIA Resource Center.)

The Changing Definition of a ‘Full Life’

posted Mon, Mar 7, 2016   by The Atlantic

It's hard to pinpoint exactly when 70 stopped being an acceptable age for a lifetime to end. Certainly, some of it had to do with gradually lengthening life expectancies. As life expectancies continue to change, so too will our collective ideas about death and its timing—not just for geniuses who write generation-defining anthems, but also the rest of us who still have unfinished business of our own, says The Atlantic.


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