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POLITICO: Finding out what matters most at the end of life

posted Fri, Sep 22, 2017   by POLITICO

Special coverage by POLITICO, sponsored by The John A. Hartford Foundation, examines palliative care and end of life care, age-friendly health systems, and supporting family caregivers.

Health Foundation selects 10 organizations for next phase of Aging by Design initiative

posted Wed, Sep 20, 2017

Ten organizations have each received $25,000 grants to learn how to apply design thinking to reimagine how they might address the needs of older adults and caregivers in western and central New York. The funding is part of Aging by Design, a four-year initiative developed by the Health Foundation for Western and Central New York to improve the health of older adults. By using Design Thinking, Aging by Design uses an approach to problem solving that puts the needs of older adults and the problems they may be experiencing at the core. The process brings older adults, informal caregivers and community-based providers together to identify issues, generate ideas and implement solutions to address triggers of decline. Triggers of decline precipitate a decline in physical, cognitive or mental health for otherwise healthy older adults living in the community. By using this person-centered approach, it ensures that older adults and caregivers are key partners and contributors in this initiative.

AARP Public Policy Inst paper on dementia caregiving

posted Mon, Sep 11, 2017   by AARP Public Policy Institute

The demands, stress, and health toll on family caregivers is immense, and dementia caregiving is particularly demanding. This paper from the AARP Public Plicy Institute examines evidence-based caregiver supportive services for family caregivers of persons living with dementia, and highlights several programs that have been shown to improve one or more aspects of the quality of life of family caregivers and can be implemented in local communities. This paper also summarizes positive program outcomes and identifies common characteristics of these successful caregiver programs and services. Lastly, the paper recommends ways to improve the evidence base and address identified barriers to enable families to access effective support services where they live.


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