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::: September 2016

Share your news and programs about aging and philanthropy with us to be included in the next issue of Aging Matters. Let us know about news coverage you’ve received for your projects, your organizations or issues you care about, job openings, and anything else you’re doing so we can share it with GIA members. You can submit news items here.

A big part of aging philanthropy is discussing and collaborating on issues with our peers, and the Annual Conference is the perfect opportunity to meet with organizations from all over the country. Every session has been designed to be interactive, participant-centered, and fun—meet with thought leaders in the aging field, explore Portland, and walk away with actionable ideas and messages. A lot of learning happens in the moments when presenters and participants can interact with each other, so we strongly encourage you to sign up, come out, and get involved—you don’t want to miss this!

Register for the 2016 GIA Annual Conference
Registration is still open for this year’s Annual Conference! We are excited to invite you to join us in Portland, Oregon, from October 26-28, 2016. Please register on the GIA website. Register by Friday, September 23, 2016, to secure the early registration rate—a savings of $100. Visit our website to view the online program brochure and instructions on how to reserve your hotel accommodations. You should receive a program brochure in the mail soon!

California Health Care Foundation (CHCF) Launches $3 Million Electronic POLST Registry
The California Health Care Foundation has announced a $3 million initiative aimed at developing an electronic registry for Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST). The new initiative will develop and test a secure cloud-based platform for electronic submission, storage, and retrieval of POLST data and help inform efforts to develop a permanent POLST registry in the state. Click here for more information.

Aroha Philanthropies Awards 15 Seeding Artful Aging Grants
Aroha Philanthropies welcomes 15 nonprofit organizations throughout the U.S. as part of their Seeding Artful Aging initiative. Grants awarded range from $17,000 to $50,000 for projects to run between January 1, 2017 and November 30, 2017. Artful Aging programs inspire and enable older adults to learn, make and share the arts in ways that are novel, complex and socially engaging. Click here to read the full press release and view the list of grantees.

The Commonwealth Fund Releases Two New Case Studies on PACE and Hospital at Home

The Commonwealth Fund has released two new case studies as part of an ongoing series examining programs that aim to improve outcomes and reduce costs of care for patients with complex needs. “Aging Gracefully: The PACE Approach to Caring for Frail Elders in the Community” explores the PACE program, which aims to promote socialization, activity, and independence; lessen family caregivers’ burdens; and reduce the need for acute care, all at costs comparable to those in traditional Medicare. “The Hospital at Home Model: Bringing Hospital-Level Care to the Patient” discusses how the Hospital at Home model offers adult patients who are sick enough to be hospitalized but stable enough to be treated at home that option, so they can stay with the people, pets, and familiar surroundings that create a feeling of safety.

Maine Health Access Foundation Announces New President and CEO
After a nationwide search, Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group is pleased to announce that Barbara Leonard has been selected as the new President and CEO of the Maine Health Access Foundation (MeHAF). Ms. Leonard has served as the Foundation’s Vice President for Programs since 2008. She will begin her new role on October 1, 2016, following the departure of founding President and CEO Dr. Wendy J. Wolf. Click here to read the full press release and learn more about Ms. Leonard.

World Health Organization (WHO) Calls for Submissions of Age-friendly Practices Against Ageism
To raise awareness for this year’s United Nations International Day of Older Persons (UNIDOP) theme, Take A Stand Against Ageism, WHO is asking cities and communities to tell them about concrete actions that they have taken to combat ageism by submitting Age-friendly Practices against Ageism. Click here to learn more and submit.

GOVERNING Magazine Cites GIA on Age-Friendly Communities
GOVERNING magazine recently quoted a 2013 GIA study in an article, “The Growing Imperative for Age-Friendly Communities.” The article details strategies for improving communities for our growing elderly population, such as better alignment of housing, transportation and social needs, providing more physical and mental health promotion and preventive services, and better access to help and information including personal financial planning resources. Click here to read the full article.

GIA Member
Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative Seeks Director
The Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative is a network of community leaders who have come together to advance healthy aging in Massachusetts. The Director will lead the implementation of the Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative’s strategy to establish MA as an emerging leader in vibrant age-friendly communities with a focus on older adults. Click here to view the full job description and learn how to apply.

The Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD) Seeks an Assistant Commissioner for Aging and CARE Services

BCHD aims to promote health and improve well-being through education, policy/advocacy, and direct service delivery. The Assistant Commissioner for Aging and CARE Services will be responsible for managing and organizing staff activities, including administering programs that advocate for and deliver services to the older adult population in the City of Baltimore, as well as providing complex administrative support to the Deputy Commissioner of Aging. Click here to view the full job description and learn how to apply.

Conversations with GIA
Improving Health Outcomes for Seniors in Rural Communities
Low average incomes, geographic isolation, and a severe shortage of qualified healthcare providers create challenges in delivering quality healthcare in rural America. Join the webinar on Monday, September 19, 2016, from 2–3pm Eastern, to learn about a telemedicine program supporting local staff in seven rural, Midwestern states. Click here to learn more and register.

Fostering Dementia-Friendly Communities
More cities aim to be “dementia-friendly” and each and every part of the community can work towards becoming informed, safe, and respectful in order to foster quality of life for those living with dementia and their care partners. Join this webinar on Thursday, October 6, 2016, from 2–3pm Eastern and explore the value of dementia-friendly communities. Click here to learn more and register.

::: Missed a webinar? A record of past GIA webinars is available on our website and recordings of past webinars can be viewed on our YouTube channel.

    GIA Member
    Submit Nominations for GIA Board
    Grantmakers In Aging seeks nominations for new members of the Board of Directors. Directors must be employed by, or be a member of the Board of Directors or Trustees of, a GIA member institution or grantmaking foundation. Self-nominations are welcome! Terms start in January 2017 and last three years. Download the application form here.

    New Member Benefit: Funder Focus Area
    Want to find other funders working in your area of interest? GIA’s membership portal has answers. This summer, GIA’s membership intern, Cameron Osmond, has been developing profiles of all GIA member organizations, including information on grant funding, focus areas, and more. As a member, simply log in to GIA’s members only portal to access this information. For assistance or questions, contact Maria Gonzales Jackson via email.

     Washington Post Article on Ageism in the Workplace
    In a recent article, “Baby Boomers are Taking on Ageism—and Losing,” author Lydia DePillis discusses how the baby boomer generation is having trouble keeping and finding jobs due to the growing bias that older workers aren’t as valuable as younger applicants. Click here to read the full article.

    CHCF Report on the Need for Community-Based Palliative Care (CBPC) in Rural Areas
    The California Health Care Foundation has released a report on the current availability of CBPC in rural California, as well as barriers and opportunities for integrating these services more widely into rural health care in the state. Click here to read the full report.

    HealthDay Report on Rise in Senior Disabilities
    A new U.S. government report on aging finds that close to a quarter of Americans over 65 have some form of disability. Click here to read the full report.

    PBS Article on the Dangers of Hospitals for Older Patients

    According to PBS, hospital stays can often do more harm than good for elderly, frail patients. Research shows that about one-third of patients over 70 years old and more than half of patients over 85 leave the hospital more disabled than when they arrived. Click here to read the full article.

    NPR Podcast on Age-Friendly Communities
    The podcast “On Point,” produced by WBUR in Boston, recently explored “Designing Communities For An Aging America” and featured a cast of GIA friends and grantees including Paul Irving of the Milken Institute, Ruth Finkelstein of the Columbia University Aging Center, and Kathryn Lawler of the Atlanta Regional Commission. Click here to listen.

    New Federal Report Released on Older Americans
    "Older Americans 2016: Key Indicators of Well-Being" takes a close look at older adults in the United States, as they live longer and face new economic, health care, and residential living challenges. Click here to read the full report.

    Mark your calendar and join GIA at these upcoming online and in-person events. Please note that some events require advance registration.
    :::September 19, 2–3pm
    Improving Health Outcomes for Seniors in Rural Communities

    :::October 6, 2–3pm
    Fostering Dementia-Friendly Communities

    :::October 9
    2016 Innovation Conference
    San Francisco, CA
    :::October 11
    New Jersey Foundation for Aging Fall Workshops
    Freehold, NJ

    :::October 26-28
    GIA Annual Conference
    Portland, OR

    Grantmakers In Aging
    2001 Jefferson Davis Highway, Suite 504
    Arlington, VA 22202
    Phone 703.413.0413

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