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NY Times: Who will care for the caregivers?

posted Mon, Jan 30, 2017   by New York Times

There are some 40 million American caregivers. Every day, they help a parent, grandparent, relative or neighbor with basic needs: dressing, bathing, cooking, medications or transportation. Often, they do some or all of this while working, parenting, or both. And we — as doctors, employers, friends and extended family — aren’t doing enough to help them. According to AARP and the National Alliance for Caregiving, the typical family caregiver is a 49-year-old woman caring for an older relative — but nearly a quarter of caregivers are now millennials and are equally likely to be male or female. About one-third of caregivers have a full-time job, and 25 percent work part time. A third provide more than 21 hours of care per week. Family caregivers are, of course, generally unpaid, but the economic value of their care is estimated at $470 billion a year — roughly the annual American spending on Medicaid.

Webinar 3/6: Purposeful Aging: A Model for a New Life Course

posted Mon, Jan 30, 2017

Purposeful aging holds great possibilities for people of all ages. Older adults today are healthier and more vibrant than generations past and represent a formidable human capital asset. Millions of them are seeking new pathways to purpose. As mentors, they enhance intergenerational understanding. Through encore careers and volunteerism, they contribute to society’s well-being. And their own as well. This "Conversations with GIA" webinar, Monday, March 6, 2017, from 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST, will discuss how purposeful aging is correlated with longer life, better health, emotional resilience, and the advancement of our children; and some ways in which we all can play a role in the solution. Presenters: Paul H. Irving, Chairman, Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging; Distinguished Scholar in Residence, Davis School of Gerontology, University of Southern California. And Trent Stamp, CEO, The Eisner Foundation. Co-Sponsored by: The Eisner Foundation and The John A. Hartford Foundation. No CEUs are available for this webinar.

"A Place for Us" Affordable senior LGBT housing opens

posted Thu, Jan 26, 2017

A new development in Cleveland is the city’s first affordable housing community geared toward lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) seniors. "A Place for Us" in Cleveland—developed by The NRP Group in partnership with Linda Krasienko, president of A Place For Us Development—is providing 55 units of affordable housing for seniors 55 and older. The development also is providing needed housing and services for the aging lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. After striking out several times, she reached out to Cleveland-based The NRP Group, a national top affordable housing developer, which helped make her dream a reality. It is the first affordable housing development in Ohio catering to LGBT seniors and one of only a handful across the nation.

Seniors in poverty see largest increase in untreated tooth decay

posted Fri, Jan 13, 2017   by Pew Charitable Trusts Research and Analysis

Tooth decay rates over the past 15 years have declined for children but have risen for adults, with poor seniors experiencing the largest increases, according to a new analysis of government data, writes Jane Koppelman, Director of Research for the Dental Campaign of The Pew Charitable Trusts.

Rural hospitals brace for damage from ACA repeal

posted Wed, Jan 11, 2017

Kaiser Health News reports that, "in the wake of this fall’s presidential election,...many ...rural hospitals will likely face new financial challenges that will intensify longstanding struggles, experts say. The Affordable Care Act, which President-elect Donald Trump has vowed to repeal, threw a number of life-savers to these vital but financially troubled centers. And its full repeal, without a comparable and viable replacement, could signal their death knell. The health care law expanded Medicaid to tens of thousands of previously uninsured patients, providing new revenue streams for rural hospitals, which often serve a poorer, sicker patient population. The law also created a program that allowed some of these facilities to buy prescription drugs at a discount. “All these rural hospitals are operating on thin margins. The removal of any income source or coverage, or expansion of bad debt, is going to create significant financial hardship,” said Alan Morgan, CEO of the National Rural Health Association.

Nora Obrien-Suric to lead Health Fdn of Western & Central NY

posted Fri, Jan 6, 2017   by Buffalo Business First

The Health Foundation of Western and Central New York has announced that its new president will be Nora Obrien-Suric, PhD, who has been at The John A. Hartford Foundation since 2008 as a Senior Program Officer. Obrien-Suric a doctoral degree in social welfare, policy and administration from Hunter College of The City University of New York, a master’s degree in behavioral science and gerontology from California State University, and a bachelor’s degree in sociology and philosophy from St. Michael’s College and a certificate in geriatric mental health from the University of Southern California. She replaces Ann Monroe, chair of the GIA Board of Directors, who in March announced her intention to retire from the Foundation.

USDA Rural Development 2016 Progress Report

posted Tue, Jan 3, 2017

With a foreword by Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture, and Lisa Mensah, USDA Rural Development Under Secretary, this report includes a state-by-state progress report and thematic sections on housing, economic development, poverty, tribal nations, jobs, business, energy, and utilities.

Cargill Philanthropies keeps founder’s vision alive

posted Tue, Jan 3, 2017   by Philanthropy Daily

This December 2016 article from Philanthropy Daily discusses the Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies, "poised to take its place as the eighth largest philanthropy in America, following a restructuring and consolidation of three separate funds established by the late Margaret Cargill, heiress to the Minnesota-based agricultural conglomerate" It goes on: "Cargill left behind more than $6 billion for charitable purposes, which puts her foundation behind giants like the Gates Foundation ($87.8 billion) but just ahead of well-established philanthropic powerhouses like Bloomberg Philanthropies ($6.5 billion). Her massive bequest is now finally ready to be converted into pure philanthropic firepower, thanks to steps taken by her foundation’s leaders over the last decade.


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