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New guide on unleashing the power of public-philanthropic relationships

posted Thu, Sep 29, 2016

A new how-to guide from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) shares lessons learned from the Sustainable Communities Initiative. Includes HUD's experience working side-by-side with philanthropy, aligning their efforts with long-standing community engagements and investments to serve and lift up distressed neighborhoods and underrepresented residents.

Report from The Summit on Creativity and Aging in America

posted Mon, Sep 26, 2016

The summit was held in collaboration with the 2015 White House Conference on Aging, May 18th, 2015 at the National Endowment for the Arts. This report, co-presented by the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Center for Creative Aging, brought together 75 experts in arts, aging, design, and health services, and covers topics discussed in three breakout sessions: age-friendly community design; health and wellness and the arts, promoting arts interventions to improve health and well-being outcomes among older adults; and lifelong learning and engagement in the arts—promoting greater cognition and creativity among older adults by means of social engagement.

Taking on ageism: Milken's Paul Irving

posted Tue, Sep 20, 2016

New Report Finds Lack of Support for Family Caregivers

posted Wed, Sep 14, 2016   by Next Avenue

Family caregivers for adults 65 and older are stressed, isolated and and often suffering financially, as Next Avenue reports.. With the aging of the boomer population, many more family members and friends will be needed to care for them in America in coming years. And yet fewer of those helpers will exist. Those are some of the troubling conclusions of the new report, "Families Caring for an Aging America," by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. The John A. Hartford Foundation was the lead funder for this report, which also had support from Alliance for Aging Research. Alzheimer's Association, Archstone Foundation, California HealthCare Foundation, Commonwealth Fund, Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Health Foundation of Western and Central New York, May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust, Retirement Research Foundation, The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation, Santa Barbara Foundation, Tufts Health Plan Foundation, and Veterans-Health-Administration.

Taking on ageism: Milken's Paul Irving

posted Wed, Sep 7, 2016   by LA Times

Paul Irving, chairman of the Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging, recently responded to a Los Angeles Times article on age discrimination in Hollywood. Click through to read his entire letter.

John Feather: How Reducing Social Isolation Protects Older Adults

posted Tue, Sep 6, 2016   by the Huffington Post

In this very popular piece from his Huffington Post series, John Feather discusses the problem of social isolation and how age-friendly communities offer ways to address it. Originally published in April 2015: "What we now know is that lonely hearts are hearts at risk, because social isolation is a killer. Specifically, social isolation is associated with, and a powerful predictor of cardiovascular disease, cognitive decline, institutionalization, stroke, re-hospitalization, depression, and increased risk of suicide, just to name a few. It is linked to everything from a higher risk of contracting the common cold to faster tumor growth in cancer patients. All in all, socially isolated people are twice as likely to die prematurely (even controlling for other relevant factors) than are people with many strong social relationships. This generally holds true for people of all ages. Older people, however, may need and respond to somewhat different forms of support and intervention to address the problem of isolation."

Researchers Confront an Epidemic of Loneliness

posted Tue, Sep 6, 2016   by The Huffington Post

In Britain and the United States, roughly one in three people older than 65 live alone, and in the United States, half of those older than 85 live alone. Studies in both countries show the prevalence of loneliness among people older than 60 ranging from 10 percent to 46 percent. John T. Cacioppo, a professor of psychology at the University of Chicago and director of the university’s Center for Cognitive and Social Neuroscience, has been studying loneliness since the 1990s. He said loneliness is an aversive signal much like thirst, hunger or pain.

GIA seeks Board nominations

posted Thu, Sep 1, 2016

 

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