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::: February 2017

Navigating the rapids with GIA
New presidential administrations always bring change, but it’s clear that this time the change is faster and more dramatic. For those of us who care about aging, it’s essential to understand what this means for aging services, Medicare, Medicaid, and other programs that matter to older adults and their families.

To help our members navigate these rapids and be the most effective grantmakers possible in an uncertain environment, GIA has launched a series of monthly webinar policy briefings. The first, “What Aging and Health Philanthropy May Expect from the New President and Congress,” was lively and well-attended (members can access the recording and get answers to follow-up questions here). The next two will look at impact of the Administration on Community Living and on Long-Term Services and Supports (details below).

As a non-partisan organization, GIA does not take or promote policy positions, but we want to provide a forum for candid and interactive exchanges with experts to help our members gain actionable insights. For that reason, this webinar series is open to GIA members only. If you’re not a member and would like to join us, please email Maria Gonzales Jackson, Director of Programs and Membership, or call her at 703.413.0413 (direct) or 301.233.2867 (cell). Many thanks to West Health for sponsoring this valuable series.

Now Accepting Proposals
GIA is pleased to announce the Call for Proposals for our 2017 Annual Conference. We invite you to help the national Program Planning Committee build a content-rich program by submitting interactive, innovative session proposals.

This year's event will be held October 18–20 at The Westin Copley Place, Boston. Our conference theme, "Forward Motion: Gaining Momentum for an Aging Society," will help inform how we come together to lead, learn, and share ideas about redefining aging and aging philanthropy.
For detailed instructions about how to submit a session, as well as a timeline of key deadlines related to the process, please visit the GIA website. Only members of Grantmakers In Aging may propose conference sessions.

For more details about sponsorship opportunities, please visit the GIA website or contact Darla Minnich, Director of Conferences.


GIA Welcomes Our Newest Member, the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation
The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation is a nonprofit organization that supports Southeast Michigan and Western New York in four core funding areas—children and youth, young adults and working class families, caregiving, and healthy communities. Learn more.

Metta Fund Announces New Executive Director
GIA Member
Janet Y. Spears has joined Metta Fund as their newest Executive Director. Click here to learn more and Janet.

The John A. Hartford Foundation Welcomes New Program Officer
GIA Member
George Suttles, MPA, MA, has joined the JAHF staff as a Program Officer. Click here to learn more about George.

New Thought Leadership from GIA Members

GIA Member Terry Fulmer, PhD, RN, FAAN, President of The John A. Hartford Foundation, blogs on the Huffington
Post about Home-Based Primary Care: Making Health Systems More Age-Friendly.

GIA Member
Bruce Chernof, MD, President, CEO of The SCAN Foundation, writes about social determinants of health and the Playbook for Better Care for People with Complex Needs in a new editorial for McKnight’s. The Playbook is funded by The Commonwealth Fund, The John A. Hartford Foundation, Peterson Center on Healthcare, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and The SCAN Foundation.

California Health Care Foundation Blog on
Aging Documentary
GIA Member
As part of its focus on improving end of life care, CHCF will screen the new Oscar-nominated short documentary “Extremis,” filmed in the trauma unit of a large public hospital, for physicians and other audiences around the state. Read the blog post by Steven Birenbaum, MPA, Senior Communications Officer, CHCF, and see an interview with Dr. Jessica Zitter.

West Health Documentary Series on Aging
The Gary and Mary West Foundation has underwritten RE’FLECT, a documentary series that examines successful aging through the stories of six vibrant older adults. Showing all this month on KPBS in San Diego. Click here to learn more.

Henry and Marilyn Taub Foundation Funds Student/Senior Connection Project

The local Board of Education is the latest partner to join Age-Friendly Teaneck, a northern New Jersey initiative to help older adults age in place. The project will connect students and seniors through tutoring, concerts, and other events. The project is funded by the Henry and Marilyn Taub Foundation. Click here to learn more.

Aging and Disability Business Institute Launches New Website

The Institute, which helps community-based organizations acquire business skills, is led by n4a in collaboration with ASA, Independent Living Research Utilization/National Center for Aging and Disability, Partners in Care Foundation, NCOA, Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley/Healthy Living Center of Excellence, the Evidence-Based Leadership Council, and Meals on Wheels America. Funders include The John A. Hartford Foundation, Administration for Community Living, The SCAN Foundation, Gary and Mary West Foundation, Colorado Health Foundation, and The Buck Family Fund of The Marin Community Foundation.
New Report on Addressing Hunger in
Older Adults
Meals on Wheels America has released Hunger in Older Adults: Challenges and Opportunities for the Aging Services Network, a first-of-its-kind resource that explores a variety of available food assistance programs that can be used in combination to more effectively address the needs of seniors. Learn more.

GIA Mentioned in California Health Report
A recent article, “Creating Age-Friendly California” by Bob Prath, discusses the initiatives California has put in place to meet older adults’ needs—more affordable housing, better senior centers, more physical activity, better signage, more public seating, walkable downtowns, improved civic engagement and heightened respect for elders. Prath commends GIA, among other organizations, for conducting age-friendly planning. Click here to read the article.

Conversations with GIA
Purposeful Aging: A Model for a New Life Course
Monday, March 6, 2017 from 2–3pm ET
Older adults today are healthier and more vibrant than generations past and represent a formidable human capital asset. They offer not just the wisdom of age, but experience and skills that enrich families, as well as work, educational and social settings. Millions of them are seeking new pathways to purpose. Presenters Paul H. Irving, Chairman, Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging; Distinguished Scholar in Residence, Davis School of Gerontology, University of Southern California, and Trent Stamp, CEO, The Eisner Foundation, will discuss how purposeful aging is correlated with longer life, better health, emotional resilience, and the advancement of our children; and some ways in which we all can play a role in the solution.

Co-Sponsored by The Eisner Foundation and The John A. Hartford Foundation.

Click here to learn more and register.

Members-Only Webinars

Washington Aging Update: An Overview of Aging Services Programs in a New Era
Monday, February 27, 23pm EST

Presenter: Robert Blancato, President, Matz, Blancato and Associates, Inc., Washington, DC
While much of the initial focus has been on the impact of the “Obamacare” debate, those supporting direct services to older people are also anxious to know the impact on traditional aging programs, including those funded through the Administration for Community Living. This webinar will provide a broad look at these and other programs.

Long Term Services and Supports: What is Next in an Era of Block Grants?
Wednesday, March 29, 23pm EST

Presenter: Cheryl Phillips, MD, Senior Vice President, Public Policy and Health Services, LeadingAge, Washington, DC
This webinar will look more closely at the impact of proposals to move some major federal programs like Medicaid and housing assistance into block grants to states. How would this impact Medicaid low-income housing for the elderly and programs to provide services in the community? The webinar will also discuss the possibility of public-private partnerships that include philanthropy.

Webinars From Partners
The Immigrant Learning Center: Taking Back the Narrative: How to Talk About Immigrants and Immigration
Thursday, February 23, 2017 1–2pm ET

With all the conflict, false information and alienating rhetoric in our country right now, it is time we all take control of the immigration narrative to foster more welcoming conversations, communities and policies. Learn from top messaging, media and immigrant integration experts how to reframe the immigration conversation—engage media, legislators and community members—apply key principles of meaningful messages—put examples, toolkits and winning messaging strategies into use.

Presenters: Marisa Gertein Pineau, The FrameWorks Institute; Hannah Carswell, Welcoming America; Julie Fisher-Rowe, the Opportunity Agenda; Denzil Mohammed, The ILC Public Education Institute.

Click here to learn more and register.

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

    GIA Member
    Retirement Research Foundation Accepting Applications for Projects to Improve Lives of Aging Americans
    Grants will be awarded to projects that provide direct services, advocacy, education and training programs for professionals working with elders, as well as for research that investigates causes and solutions to significant problems of older adults. Learn more.

    Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation Awarded Nearly $2.5 Million in Grants in 2016
    Awards went to more than 900 nonprofit organizations 300+ communities in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. Learn more.

    AARP Report on Aging Priorities for America’s Mayors
    The 108-city survey, “Preparing for Aging Populations in America's Cities: A Status Report on Aging in America” from the US Conference of Mayors and AARP details six priority issue areas that mayors identify as facing older Americans in cities across the country—health and wellness, housing, transportation and infrastructure, neighborhood and public safety, social activities, and workforce.

    NPR Article on the Aging Benefits of Resident Owned Communities

    When Residents Take Ownership, A Mobile Home Community Thrives” by Daniel Zwerdling discusses how the Resident Owned Community (ROC) Model supports affordable and supportive housing communities for older adults. Many, if not all, are also intergenerational communities that have neighbor-to-neighbor supports for aging in place.

    Mark your calendar and join GIA at these upcoming online and in-person events. Please note that some events require advance registration.
    :::February 23, 1–2pm ET
    Taking Back the Narrative: How to Talk About Immigrants and Immigration
    ILC Webinar
    :::February 26–March 1, 2017
    Active Living Research Conference 2017
    Hilton Clearwater Beach, Florida

    :::February 27, 2pm ET
    Washington Aging Update: An Overview of Aging Services Programs in a New Era
    GIA Members-Only Webinar
    :::March 6, 23pm ET
    Purposeful Aging: A Model for a New Life Course
    :::March 29, 2pm ET
    Long Term Services and Supports: What is Next in an Era of Block Grants?
    GIA Members-Only Webinar

    :::October 18–20
    GIA Annual Conference
    Boston, MA
    Grantmakers In Aging
    2001 Jefferson Davis Highway, Suite 504
    Arlington, VA 22202
    Phone 703.413.0413

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