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::: October 2017
Issues in Focus
Wednesday afternoon at the GIA Annual Conference is all about the site visit, and for our upcoming event in Boston, October 18–20, there has been intense interest. After slots for our first two visits — to the Leonard Florence Center for Living (LFCL) and the Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly (JCHE) — filled up, we decided to add an additional visit. We’re pleased to announce that participants can now sign up to visit the Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB).

The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) provides nutritious food and food support for people of all ages who struggle with hunger and do not know where their next meal will come from. Due in part to increasing living costs and medical costs, many seniors grapple with impossible choices, between heat and medicine or food. Approximately 20% of the individuals GBFB serves are seniors. GBFB provides these seniors with nutritious food to help them live dignified, healthy lives.

This visit to GBFB will feature a tour of GBFB’s LEED certified distribution center from which GBFB distributes more than 50 million meals each year. Participants will then attend a group discussion with onsite experts, including Christa Mayfield, Federal Food Programs Associate at GBFB, and Pat Baker, Senior Policy Advocate at MLRI, who work directly with seniors to maximize seniors’ abilities to access food through government programs.

If you haven’t registered yet, there’s still time. Here’s everything you need to get set up for Boston:
And don’t forget to stay up to date on all things GIA by following us across our portfolio of communications channels: Aging Matters, emails, news on our website, webinars, Facebook (@GrantmakersInAging) and Twitter (@GIAging).

When we gather in a couple of weeks for GIA’s annual conference, we’ll be doing so in one of America’s greatest cities. Boston is at the forefront of our nation’s progressive approach to addressing the needs of older adults and end aging discrimination. The Age-Friendly Boston Action Plan leads the way, with 75 concrete actions that the city will take over the next three years to make it the best place to live and age. We’ll have plenty of opportunities during the conference to observe the best Boston has to offer Americans of any age. In addition to the Wednesday site visits (see article above), we’ve scheduled a Boston trolley tour Wednesday evening and a reception on Thursday evening at Top of the Hub, atop Prudential Tower overlooking Back Bay.

We hope you’ll join us from October 18-20 in this wonderful American city to be a part of this movement as we embrace this year’s theme, “Forward Motion: Gaining Momentum for an Aging Society.”


Geriatric Emergency Department Collaborative (GEDC) Launches
With funding from The John A. Hartford Foundation and Gary and Mary West Health Institute, four national medical societies and nine health systems have established the GEDC to help improve emergency care for older people. The GEDC will continue to add more health centers and partners to promote national adoption of geriatric emergency care best practices. Read more here.

Fourth Cohort of Cambia’s Sojourns Scholars Announced
Cambia Health Foundation has accepted 10 new physicians and nurses for 2017 in the Sojourns Scholar Leadership Program, its signature program to develop emerging palliative care leaders. Cambia has now committed $7.2 million to the program. Learn more here.

Commonwealth’s Blumenthal on Better Care for High-Needs Patients
In a New York Times article titled “The High Price of Failing America’s Costliest Patients,” David Blumenthal, MD, President of the Commonwealth Fund, explains the need to align financial incentives with care for people with complex needs: “It’s important from a humane standpoint — these are our friends, our family. But it’s also important from a cost standpoint, and the effect on taxpayers.” Read more in The New York Times and find resources and case studies on this topic in The Playbook for Better Care.

SCAN 2017 Annual LTSS Summit Registration Open
The SCAN Foundation’s 2017 California Summit on Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS): Advancing a Unified Vision While Navigating New Realities will be held on Thursday, October 26, 2017 at the Sacramento Convention Center. Registration now here.
Honor for Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation President
Rachel Garbow Monroe, President and CEO of the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, will receive the 2017 Mandelkorn Award for Distinguished Service. This award, presented by the JPRO Network, recognizes individuals who have made significant and enduring contributions in the field of Jewish community organization practice. Learn more here

Generations 2017 Influencers in Aging Named
Next Avenue – a digital publication dedicated to covering issues for people 50 and older – named its 2017 Influencers in Aging, which includes 50 advocates, researchers, thought leaders, innovators, writers and experts at the forefront of changing how we age and think about aging. GIA is proud to note that a number of these influencers belong to our member organizations:

Gretchen Alkema, SCAN Foundation
Richard Browdie, The Benjamin Rose Institute
Sandy Markwood, n4a
Robyn Stone, Leading Age
Carol Zerinal, The WellMed Charitable Foundation

Congratulations to all of these individuals who do so much to push beyond traditional boundaries and change our understanding of what it means to grow older. Learn about all 50 influencers here.

New Opioid Paper Published
Next Avenue recently published a thoughtful article on the raging opioid epidemic: Opioid Crisis Takes a Toll on Rural Older Adults, featuring interviews with our own John Feather as well as Charlotte Haberaecker, president and CEO of Lutheran Services in America, a GIA member. As John says in the article, “every person and every community is affected by this crisis.”

The story also features GIA’s new resource for funders interested in working on this subject: Heartache, Pain, and Hope: Rural Communities, Older People, and the Opioid Crisis.

The opioid problem is a multifaceted but the search for solutions is accelerating and the opportunity for meaningful contributions from philanthropies of all types and sizes is wide open. Get the facts and find program ideas and other funders active in the field by visiting the Rural Aging page on the GIA website.

Tufts Health Plan Foundation Authors Article about Leveraging Older Workers to Address Workforce Challenges
Current employment practices are not well-suited to today’s reality — in fact, they make it hard for employees to stay involved and contribute. Recently, the team at Tufts Health Plan Foundation worked with its senior vice president for human resources, Lydia Greene, to write about this topic in a Boston Business Journal Viewpoint article. The article discusses how age-friendly employers can provide telecommuting options, flexible schedules, paid time off, leave-of-absence programs, as well as workplace wellness, ergonomic programs, and insurance benefits to encourage healthy behavior. These age-friendly perks and benefits attract the best and brightest employees of ALL ages. Read the article here.

The Eisner Foundation Funds Anita May Rosenstein Campus
The Eisner Foundation has donated $500,000 to help fund the construction of the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Anita May Rosenstein Campus, which will open in early 2019 to bring LGBT youth and seniors together. The campus will span more than a city block in Hollywood and will offer 135 units of affordable housing for seniors and youth and much more. Read more here, including remarks from GIA Board Member and The Eisner Foundation CEO Trent Stamp.

Conversations with GIA 
Measure Something: Evaluation for Everybody
Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 2:00pm Eastern
The importance and availability of data has never been higher than today. However, too often data analysis is viewed as the domains of specialists, limiting opportunities for learning. Although random controlled trials with outside evaluation remains the gold standard, there are easier ways to get empirical data which can be used to improve decision making depending on the requirements. This presentation takes as its starting point Dr. Atul Gawande’s charge: “If you count something you find interesting, you will learn something interesting.” We will review a simpler yet effective measurement approach for senior health, then have an interactive exercise to practice and build confidence. Click here to register.

Presenter: Mike Yeaton, Chief Strategy Officer, Empire Health Foundation
Moderator: John Feather, PhD, CEO, Grantmakers In Aging
Sponsored by The John A. Hartford Foundation.
No CEUs are available for this webinar.

::: 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
    The John A. Hartford Foundation Announces New Grants
    The John A. Hartford Foundation recently announced $3.6 million in grants to five organizations: the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), AARP Foundation, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, American Bar Association Fund for Justice and Education, and Columbia University. This funding will help create age-friendly health systems by supporting initiatives to develop quality measures that matter to older adults, proposing Medicare payment models for rehabilitation services in the home, and identifying best practices for hospitals to support family caregivers. Read more here

    FEATURED RESOURCE: Age-Friendly and Dementia-Friendly Massachusetts
    This report  What We Have and What We Need: A Report on Demographics, Programs, and Services for an Age- and Dementia-Friendly Commonwealth  offers a comprehensive look at the work currently being done on age-friendly and dementia-friendly activities in communities in Massachusetts. Prepared by the UMass Gerontology Institute for the Tufts Health Plan Foundation. Read the full report here.
    The 2016 Tufts Health Plan Annual Report: Making Our Communities Great Places to Grow Up and Grow Old
    The Tufts Health Plan Foundation has taken a different approach to its annual report this year, sharing the voices of some of those who matter most — its community partners, leaders, and the older people it serves. Hear from visitors to the Latino Health Insurance Program, residents of Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly, older people from Massachusetts and New Hampshire, and government leaders who are taking the time to learn from community. Read the report here.
    POLITICO Resource Discusses Importance of Having End-of-Life Conversations
    Special coverage by POLITICO, sponsored by The John A. Hartford Foundation, examines palliative care and end of life care, age-friendly health systems, and supporting family caregivers. Read more here.

    Policy Paper on Dementia Caregiving Now Available
    The demands, stress, and health toll on family caregivers is immense, and dementia caregiving is particularly demanding. This new paper from the AARP Public Policy Institute examines evidence-based caregiver supportive services for family caregivers of persons living with dementia, and highlights several programs that have been shown to improve one or more aspects of the quality of life of family caregivers and can be implemented in local communities. Read the paper here.

    Mark your calendar and join GIA at these upcoming online and in-person events. Please note that some events require advance registration.
    :::October 5, 2pm Eastern
    Conversations with GIA: Measure Something: Evaluation for Everybody

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

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