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Prepared by Meals on Wheels America and Quantified Ventures. Developed with the support of Nonprofit Finance Fund’s Pay for Success Initiative and The Social Innovation Fund. In 2017, Meals on Wheels America and Quantified Ventures embarked on a new initiative with a large healthcare company via its national Medicare Advantage (MA) plan. This presented an important opportunity for Meals on Wheels America to scale its service delivery to homebound seniors, and for the MA plan to develop a new home-delivered meal benefit in conjunction with other supportive services for its enrollees. This white paper examines key issues that are likely to influence the ability of other community-based organizations (CBOs) to effectively partner with health plans or health systems to finance innovation and enhanced service delivery.

Source: Meals on Wheels America and Quantified Ventures   March 2019

The Power of Connection: Reversing Social Isolation in Rural America

This report from Tivity Health examines the public health crisis posed by social isolation in the lives of older adults, particularly those living in rural places. Social isolation--a condition defined by the lack of meaningful relationships or social engagement and exacerbated by various physical and societal factors--is now recognized as actively dangerous to health and well-being. It can raise the risk of premature death by almost 30 percent, is as harmful as obesity or physical inactivity, and is a demonstrated risk factor in its own right. The report captures proceedings and policy recommendations from the Tivity Health 2018 Connectivity Summit on Rural Aging.

Source: Tivity Health   December 2018

Issue Brief: LGBT and Dementia

LGBT older people who receive a dementia diagnosis face a particularly challenging set of circumstances, and are also more likely to exhibit particular vulnerabilities that can exacerbate how Alzheimer’s disease manifests and its impact, such as disproportionately high levels of social isolation and stigmatization as they age, making it difficult to find support. LGBT-identified caregivers face similar challenges. This issue brief from SAGE and the Alzheimer's Association presents a general overview; a look at seven areas where LGBT identities intersect with Alzheimer’s disease: stigma, social isolation, poverty, health disparities, sexuality and sexual expression, barriers to utilizing existing services and living with HIV/AIDS; and recommendations in the areas of practice and research.

Source: SAGE and the Alzheimer's Association   August 2018

2018 Diversity Nomination Form

Diversity Nomination Form for 2018 Annual Conference


The State of Senior Hunger in America

This annual report reveals results of a research study about food insecurity among older adults in the United States. Released by the National Foundation to End Senior Hunger (NFESH) and Feeding America, the study results offer data from the most recent year for which it is available, 2016, and reveals that more older adults faced hunger at this time than before the Great Recession. This latest report also provides information on the characteristics of older adults who struggle to meet their nutritional needs and the rates by state of hunger among this demographic group.

Source: National Foundation to End Senior Hunger and Feeding America   May 2018


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