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Whether your interest is in health access or advocacy, health promotion or education, mental health, research, community health, support services or caregiving, health and aging are intertwined. Together, they are central to quality of life for older adults.

All too often, our society overemphasizes aging difficulties—disability, decline, disease, and dependency. But in fact, the majority of older people today are healthy. They want to be engaged in their communities in meaningful ways. This engagement promotes healthy aging and strengthens the vitality of our communities. Older people are often unpaid caregivers, advocates for health reform, and volunteers in community programs; they are also often parenting grandchildren and retraining in health care careers.

Clearly, we must also attend to the needs of the small fraction of older, frail adults who live with chronic health conditions and need support to remain in their homes for as long as possible. A common assumption is that federal programs such as Medicare and Medicaid cover all the health care costs for older adults. The reality is that they don’t.

Now is the time to explore new avenues for funding in health whether it is to support specific services or innovative community initiatives that mobilize people of all ages to promote health.

There are numerous ways your foundation can integrate aging with health funding. Chances are, you already do.

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Promoting health and wellness
Expanding access to health care
Supporting community-based services
Older adults helping their communities
Caring for the caregivers
Creating healthier communities through education and research
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