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::: April 2017

As many of you know, the Reframing Aging initiative has been making steady progress since 2014, and we’re pleased to announce that the results from the research are finally ready to share. I can’t emphasize enough how important this work will be to our field — and to public understanding of a complex topic.
The report reveals that pervasive ageism is one of the greatest challenges we face, and those of us in the field carry the great responsibility of advancing a set of ideas that will help to shift perceptions and understanding. It is our hope that these reports and tools will be the impetus we need to create a sea change in social attitudes, leading to productive practices and policies that can bring about a truly age-integrated society.

Of course, an initiative of this magnitude requires a team of stakeholders. GIA and seven other leading national aging organizations, along with nine forward-thinking funders (who are all GIA members), collaborated with the FrameWorks Institute to investigate America’s thoughts on aging, reveal obstacles formed by misunderstanding, and create strategies for reframing America’s view of the aging population. The results led to the creation of a research report, Finding the Frame: An Empirical Approach to Reframing Aging and Ageism, a collection of resources to help advocates of reframing aging, Gaining Momentum: A Frameworks Communication Toolkit, and a frame brief.

As part of the effort to launch the report, I have posted a blog on The Huffington Post. I outline some of the highlights of the research and summarize some of the biggest takeaways. But it’s just a small first step in what I hope will be a longer journey for all of us. I encourage you to read the full report and begin making use of the extensive training materials and resources. Together, we can reframe the way America thinks about aging.

Please join me in thanking our partners: AARP, the American Federation for Aging Research, the American Geriatrics Society, the American Society on Aging, the Gerontological Society of America, the National Council on Aging, and the National Hispanic Council on Aging.

And our funders: AARP, Archstone Foundation, The Atlantic Philanthropies, The Endowment for Health, The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, The John A. Hartford Foundation, The Retirement Research Foundation, The Rose Community Foundation, and The SCAN Foundation.

Longtime Director of Conferences and Program Manager Darla Minnich to Leave GIA

Dear Colleagues,

I need to share the news that Darla Minnich, GIAs Director of Conferences and Program Manager, will be leaving GIA.
She will begin an exciting, newly created position as Chief Administrative Officer of the National Issues Forums Institute in Dayton, an effort supported by the Kettering Foundation.

In her letter to me she said: “My years at GIA have been incredibly rewarding. I will truly miss my job and the amazing people I have had the pleasure of working with throughout the years. Words cannot express my gratitude for all the opportunities and experiences you have provided.”

Darla will be with us until the end of April, allowing her to be at the annual conference committee meeting in Boston, and she has graciously offered to help after that to the degree her new job allows. We will begin work immediately to find additional resources to help us pick up all of the many activities for which Darla has responsibility.

I know you will join me in congratulating Darla on her exciting new position and express our gratitude for her great work over the last 15 years on behalf of GIA.
She can be reached at

John Feather

Save the Date 
The deadline to submit proposals for the 2017 Annual Conference passed on March 31 — thank you to everyone who submitted a proposal to help GIA build a content-rich program full of interactive, innovative sessions. The Program Planning Committee is actively reviewing the submissions and looks forward to publishing an agenda and descriptions in the early summer. Save-the-date cards will be mailed in April, but you don’t need a postcard to block the time on your calendar: we’ll be meeting this year in Boston, October 18–20.


West Health Unveils National Survey on Aging in America
The West Health Institute/NORC Survey on Aging in America focuses on more than 3,000 adults in five age groups ranging from 30 to 79+ years old and compares and contrasts how each group feels about growing older, the things that are most important to them as they age, their biggest hopes and fears, and the events or occurrences that they think define “old age.” Click here to read the full press release.

GIA Member
In Memoriam: Robert L. Kane, MD
Dr. Kane was the Minnesota Chair of Aging and Long-Term Care at the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health, where he was a professor for more than 30 years. He was a dedicated advocate for better management of chronic illnesses and improved delivery of long-term care. To honor his and his wife’s collective work, the Minnesota Gerontological Society has created the Robert L. and Rosalie A. Kane Scholarship Fund to provide financial assistance to undergraduate and graduate students to further their education in gerontology in Minnesota. Click here to learn more and donate.

GIA Member Quantum Foundation Announces New Board Chair
Donna Mulholland has joined Quantum Foundation as their newest Board Chair. Click here to learn more about Donna.

GIA Member
Health Foundation of South Florida Announces New Board Chair
Thao M.P. Tran, MD, MPH, has been elected the new chairwoman of its Board of Directors. Click here to learn more about Dr. Tran.

Miami-Dade Age-Friendly Parks Toolkit
Parks are an integral part of our outdoor spaces, make our environment feel livable, and can be a great tool in helping older adults live an active and healthy life. This Age-Friendly Parks Toolkit contains practical tools and resources that Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces has implemented at pilot parks. It was produced as part of the Age-friendly Initiative of Miami-Dade County, part of GIA’s Community AGEnda project. Click here to access the full toolkit.

Register Today for the GIH Annual Conference on Health Philanthropy
Registration is now open for the 2017 Grantmakers In Health (GIH) Annual Conference on Health Philanthropy (#GIHac), the largest gathering of health funders in the country. Join them in Boston from June 21–23 for three days of knowledge sharing and networking with bright minds, seasoned experts, and innovative practitioners. This year’s conference will feature 80 sessions, making it GIH’s largest and most dynamic opportunity for learning yet! Register for the main conference and sign up for preconference workshops and site visits. Click here to learn more about #GIHac, plenary speakers, and how to register.

New York Times Article on Dental Care for Older Adults Featuring Shelley Lyford
In “With Age Comes a Mouthful of Trouble,” author Paula Span discusses the financial barriers between older adults and dental care and the detrimental effects to their health and quality of life. Shelley Lyford, CEO of the West Health Institute, explains how they and other aging organizations can put programs in place to help. Click here to read more.

Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Article on Community-Based Care
In “Perspective: Building a consumer protection system for care delivered in the community,” program officer Beth Berselli discusses how to best provide high-quality care for the growing number of elderly, high-need patients in the places most want to receive it: in the community and in their homes. Click here to learn more.

The Commonwealth Fund Releases Articles on Health System Improvement
In the latest edition of The Commonwealth Fund’s newsletter, Transforming Care: Reporting on Health System Improvement, authors Sarah Klein and Martha Hostetter discuss three topics surrounding rural health care: using telemedicine in rural communities, combatting the opioid epidemic, and reimagining rural health care.

Conversations with GIA
New Models for Senior Transportation: The Rise of the Sharing Economy
Thursday, May 4, 2–3pm ET
Transportation remains a top issue for older people in all settings, urban, suburban, or rural. The lack of affordable, accessible, and appropriate transportation often means that older adults are isolated in their homes when they lose the ability to drive. One potential solution is the rapid growth of the “sharing economy,” in which technology links people who want to offer a service to those who need that service. The best-known examples are home sharing programs (Airbnb) and transportation sharing (Lyft). Could this be a model to better serve older adults in the future? Presenters Dan Trigub, Head of Elder Mobility at Lyft, and Stephen Ewell, Executive Director, Consumer Technology Association Foundation, will explore the possibilities and implications and discuss a number of important initiatives already underway throughout the country.
Co-Sponsored by: Consumer Technology Association Foundation and The John A. Hartford Foundation

Click here to learn more and register.

Members-Only Webinars

ACA Replacement Plans: Comparison and Political Reality
Monday, April 24, 2–3pm ET
Presenter: Judith Gorsuch, JD, Vice President and Counsel, Hart Health Strategies, Inc.

In the first few months of the 115th Congress, Republicans announced no fewer than three replacement plans for the Affordable Care Act, and, on March 24, the House repeal vote was canceled at the last second after it became clear the votes were lacking. Speaker Ryan and President Trump have both indicated that the canceled vote does not mean they’re giving up, and rumor has it that a new healthcare plan is being worked on. Only one thing is clear: there is widespread disagreement within the Republican party about the best way forward. This webinar will provide an overview of the main replacement ideas and how they could affect care for seniors. Additionally, the webinar will discuss the political realities around any final, unified replacement plan, and how you might help provide meaningful input to legislators.
Register via the link in members-only emails or contact Maria Gonzales Jackson.

::: 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
    AARP Foundation Seeks Grant Applications
    The program, “Identifying Evidence-Based Solutions for Vulnerable Older Adults,” seeks applicants with programs that can be nurtured, evaluated, and brought to scale to serve low-income older adults and their need for nutritious food; affordable, livable, and healthy housing; a steady income; and strong and sustaining social bonds. Read more.

    New JAHF Grants Support Dementia Caregiving and Strengthen Aging Philanthropy
    Three new grants totaling almost $950,000 have been approved by The John A. Hartford Foundation Board of Trustees to support partnerships that will accelerate improvements in the organization’s family caregiving program area, as well as strengthen aging-focused philanthropy more generally. Read more.

    GIA Member
    St. David’s Foundation Seeks Executive Vice President
    St. David’s Foundation, one of the largest grantmaking foundations in Texas, invests in programs and initiatives that address the unmet healthcare needs of the Central Texas community. As a member of the Executive Leadership Team, the EVP oversees six direct reports, an annual grantmaking budget of more than $70 million, and is responsible for cultivating, engaging and bringing the best out of an energetic and high-performing team to grow and empower them to create change to deepen the impact of the Foundation’s work. Click here to view the full job description.

    Now Available: GIAs Intergenerational Issue Brief
    Learn about the possibilities that intergenerational strategies can offer in GIA’s latest Issue Brief, prepared for GIA by Nancy Henkin, PhD, Senior Fellow, and Emily Patrick, Project Manager, at Generations United.
    The Milken Institute’s 2017 Best Cities for Successful Aging™ Report and Index
    This third edition of The Milken Institute’s groundbreaking series methodically evaluates U.S. metropolitan areas on how well they serve the needs and meet the expectations of the nation’s largest-ever population of mature adults, enabling them to age productively, securely, and in optimal health. Click here to read the full report. And don’t miss John Feather’s blog on The Huffington Post about the report.

    Action Network Needs Your Help Protecting LGBT Elders
    In a recent post, “The Trump Administration Is Erasing LGBT Elders,” Action Network states that the Trump Administration is trying to remove LGBT elders from a critically important national survey of older adults that helps the government decide how to spend billions of dollars on senior centers, Meals on Wheels, and other essential elder services. Fill out this survey to stand up for the rights of LGBT seniors and send a letter to the administration.

    Miami-Dade County Accepted into The Network of Age-Friendly Communities.
    Miami-Dade County has the largest population of 60-and-over adults in Florida, and along with the Miami-Dade Age-Friendly Initiative, has recently become an AARP/WHO Age-Friendly community committed to promoting greater health, well-being and quality of life for people of all ages. Click here to learn more.

    New AARP Report on Medicaid
    In a new report, “Medicaid: A Last Resort for People Needing Long-Term Services and Supports,” AARP’s Wendy Fox-Grage discusses the high price tag on long-term services and supports (LTSS) for older adults, and how after they exhaust their family caregivers and deplete their life savings paying for care, many turn to Medicaid to cover the costs.

    Mark your calendar and join GIA at these upcoming online and in-person events. Please note that some events require advance registration.
    :::April 24, 23pm ET
    ACA Replacement Plans: Comparison and Political Reality
    GIA Members-Only Webinar

    :::May 4, 23pm ET
    New Models for Senior Transportation: The Rise of the Sharing Economy
    :::June 21–23
    GIH Annual Conference on Health Philanthropy
    Boston, MA

    :::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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