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GIA issue brief on older people and natural disasters

posted Mon, Aug 28, 2017   by Grantmakers In Aging

GIA has an Issue Brief on the needs of older people in natural disasters and the role for philanthropy. Written by Jenny Campbell, PhD, it draws on the lessons learned in previous disasters, gives examples of past responses by funders, and offers information resources, including potential partners and essential organizations.

Disaster response: Resources for funders from United Philanthropy Forum

posted Mon, Aug 28, 2017   by United Philanthropy Forum

In response to the devastation of Hurricane Harvey in Texas, the United Philanthropy Forum has compiled a a list of responses, news items, resources and programming for philanthropy. They are also sponsoring a webinar on 8/29 specifically for funders seeking to become involved. Learn more here: http://disasterphilanthropy.org/event/hurricane-harvey-recovery-donors-can-help/

New GIA Report: Opioids & Rural Aging: Heartache, Pain & Hope

posted Thu, Aug 24, 2017   by Grantmakers In Aging

Making Investments In Rural Health: Health Affairs blog

posted Tue, Aug 22, 2017   by Health Affairs blog

In this post for Health Affairs, Allen Smart, director of the Rural Philanthropic Analysis project at Campbell University, describes key tenets of being a better rural funder. Smart was previously senior vice president and interim president of the North Carolina-based Kate B. Reynolds Trust and serves on the steering committee of GIA's rural aging initiative.

Asthma takes heavy, even deadly, toll on older people

posted Fri, Aug 18, 2017   by Kaiser Health News

Estimates vary, but up to 9 percent of older adults are thought to have asthma — a respiratory condition that inflames the lungs and interferes with breathing, writes Judy Graham in Kaiser Health News. With the advance of years, physical changes take a toll. People’s lungs become less elastic, their chest walls more rigid, and the muscles that help power the respiratory system less strong, exacerbating breathing problems. Other biological changes, notably shifts in patterns of inflammation, may reduce older patients’ response to inhaled corticosteroids. Asthma medications can also be expensive and out of reach of some lower-income people.

Medicare Advance Care Planning benefit use higher than expected

posted Fri, Aug 18, 2017   by USA Today via Kaiser Health News

In 2016, the first year health care providers were allowed to bill for the service, nearly 575,000 Medicare beneficiaries took part in the conversations, according to new federal data obtained by Kaiser Health News. Nearly 23,000 providers submitted about $93 million in charges, including more than $43 million covered by the federal program for seniors and the disabled. Use was much higher than expected, nearly double the 300,000 people the American Medical Association projected would receive the service in the first year.


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