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::: December 2016
It’s hard not to be reflective as one U.S. president’s term in office comes to an end and his successor prepares to occupy the Oval Office, and this is especially true given the results of November 8. The upcoming Trump presidency leaves many questions unanswered for the network of agencies and organizations dedicated to improving the health and welfare of underserved, under-represented populations. The aging services community is no different, and as you can imagine, it was a much-discussed topic at the recent annual conference of the Gerontological Society of America, which wrapped up on November 20 in New Orleans. This article summarizes some of the views that were expressed during the five-day meeting.

While we will have to see what a new administration will propose, I remain confident that organizations such as ours will continue to make a significant difference in the lives of older Americans. And I want to celebrate the successes we’ve had — programs like Community AGEnda and The Rural Aging Initiative have raised awareness and led to real change taking place in small towns and large cities across the nation.

In that spirit, I would like to introduce the theme of the 2017 Annual conference — Forward Motion: Gaining Momentum from an Aging Society. Inspired by the Reframing Aging effort, which seeks to create a better public understanding of older adults’ needs and contributions to society, the theme seems particularly resonant given the brave new political landscape in which we find ourselves. We have come too far to be turned back now. Our efforts to improve the experience of aging have mass and energy, and we are, without a doubt, building momentum around a whole range of innovations for people across the lifespan.

As we come to the end of another year — and the tenure of our first African American president — I want to encourage you to stay positive and focused on the road ahead. Four years is a long time, but it’s not forever. And remember that we have been committed to Making America Great every day that we report to work.

Sponsorship Opportunities for the 2017 Annual Conference
Grantmakers In Aging is pleased to announce sponsorship opportunities for the 2017 Annual Conference in beautiful Boston, Massachusetts. The basic levels are summarized below:

Premier—Up to $50,000
Presenting—Up to $25,000
Participating—Up to $15,000
Patron—Up to $10,000

There are also opportunities to sponsor workshops, receptions, and other conference activities. We will be publishing details about sponsorship levels and benefits in our 2017 Conference Sponsorship Opportunities brochure. Look for more details in Aging Matters or on the GIA website. In the meantime, contact GIA CEO, John Feather, with any questions or to discuss these opportunities. John can be reached at 703.413.0413 or by email.


The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) Recognizes 2016 Fellows
Back in May, GSA — the nation’s largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging — named 94 professionals as its newest fellows. These fellows were formally recognized during GSA’s 2016 Annual Scientific Meeting in New Orleans. We’re very proud to announce that GIA CEO John Feather joins Gretchen Alkema, Vice President of Policy and Communications for The SCAN Foundation, Richard Browdie, President/CEO of the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging, and Ruth Palombo, former officer at Tufts Health Plan Foundation and former GIA Board member, as fellows in the Social Research Policy and Practice Section.

The Cambia Health Foundation is Accepting Applications for the 2017 Sojourns Scholar Leadership Program
The Sojourns Scholar program seeks to support outstanding emerging physician and nurse leaders by investing in their leadership development. Sojourns Scholars receive $180,000 in funding to conduct an innovative impactful clinical, policy, education or research project in the field of palliative care and to develop a leadership development plan designed to support growth as a leader in the field. Click here to learn more and apply.
AARP Foundation and N4A Launch Social Isolation Campaign
A new national campaign aims to raise awareness for a commonly overlooked public health issue, especially for older adults: loneliness. Click here to read an article about AARP Foundation and N4A’s new campaign to combat social isolation, and visit the campaign’s website, Connect2Affect.

The John A. Hartford Foundation Publishes Blog on GIA Conference
In a recent blog post, “Sharing Knowledge and Forging Collaborations at the GIA Conference,” Rani Snyder of The John A. Hartford Foundation discusses the topics highlighted at the GIA Conference—ReFraming Aging, families caring for an aging America, and geriatric emergency departments. Click here to read the full post.
GIA Members Post Their Views on the Election 
How are foundations responding to the election results? The Health Affairs blog has a roundup of 15 different takes on the state of the union, including blogs and other statements from such GIA members as The SCAN Foundation, The John A. Hartford Foundation, The Commonwealth Fund, and the California Health Care Foundation.
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World’s Oldest Woman Celebrates her 117th Birthday
Earlier this week on Tuesday, November 29, Italy’s Emma Morano turned 117 years old, making her the oldest living person in the world and the only living person born in the 1800s. According to Time, a musical honoring her extraordinary story is being written. Click here to learn about Emma Morano’s life.

::: Missed a webinar? Get caught up with this list of past GIA webinars and find recordings of past webinars on our YouTube channel.

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    GIA would like to extend warmest wishes for a happy holiday season to our members! We’ve made a lot of progress in 2016, and we look forward to continuing our work together in the new year to improve aging philanthropy.
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    Lutheran Services in America (LSA) Seeks Director of Member Engagement
    LSA is one of the largest health care and human services networks in the country, representing 300 Lutheran nonprofit organizations throughout the United States and the Caribbean. The director of member engagement’s primary role will be to lead member agencies, stakeholders, and national partners in the implementation of a national network strategy that brings health systems and community based organizations together to address the population health needs of seniors. Click here to view the full job description.

    The Plough Foundation Article: “Helping Seniors Age in Place”
    In a recent Washington Monthly article, Rick Masson of The Plough Foundation describes the help many seniors need to stay in their homes as they age, and how one county in Tennessee is meeting that need. Click here to read the full article.

    Webinar on Advance Care Planning “Conversation Starters”
    The John A. Hartford Foundation, California Health Care Foundation, and Cambia Health Foundation hosted a webinar December 1 about easier ways to start conversations on end-of-life and serious illness care. Findings from provider and consumer focus groups and the new report, “Conversation Starters: Research Insights from Clinicians and Patients on Conversations About End-of-Life Care and Wishes,” were presented. If you missed it, click here to learn about the report.

    Mark your calendar and join GIA at these upcoming online and in-person events. Please note that some events require advance registration.

    :::December 14–19
    Rethinking Care toward the End of Life Program
    Salzburg, Austria

    :::February 26–March 1, 2017
    Active Living Research Conference 2017
    Clearwater Beach, FL

    :::October 18–20, 2017
    GIA Annual Conference
    Boston, MA

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