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::: November 2017
Issues in Focus
There’s a better way to talk about older people. Reframing Aging is a new way of communicating about aging, guided by social science research from the renowned FrameWorks Institute. But fully embracing the movement — and integrating these innovative ideas into your daily discourse — requires more than a cursory examination of published materials. That’s why we’re excited to introduce ReFraming Aging for All, a new communications training program for GIA members.

Led by FrameWorks-certified Master Trainers, this program offers a one-day, hands-on Reframing Aging communications seminar to improve approaches to writing, depicting, and talking about aging. Participants (limited to 20 total) may include trustees, senior foundation staff, communications and program officers, key grantees, local business leaders, and government officials. GIA will also work with foundations to customize the offering and structure the training.

To learn more, visit the GIA website. Or contact Maria Gonzales Jackson, GIA Director of Membership and Programs, by email or by calling 703.413.0413 x102

Thanks to everyone who attended GIA’s 2017 Annual Conference in Boston. It was the 35th anniversary of the conference, and we were able to mark the milestone with an excellent turnout of members, first-time attendees, philanthropy CEOs, foundation board members and other friends. We learned from each other about a variety of far-ranging issues, including age-friendly walking and other initiatives, rural aging, home care, complex care, quality measurement, the role of federally qualified health centers, vitality arts, aging in place, aging policy, and so much more. My thanks to our conference sponsors (full list here), particularly our Premier Sponsors, Archstone Foundation and Tufts Health Plan Foundation; our Honorary Conference Chair, Nora Moreno Cargie of Tufts Health Plan Foundation and Chair of the Program Planning Committee, Erin Westphal of The SCAN Foundation; and our hard-working Program Committee members.

Looking for slides, handouts, and other Conference materials?
We have posted the presentations of our plenary speakers and my annual “State of Aging” presentation on the GIA website. In particular, I encourage you to take a look at the presentation of Kedar Mate, MD, of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), who offered a fascinating look at the innovative activities of five health systems funded by The John A. Hartford Foundation to work on creating an age-friendly health system. The prototype has four primary evidence-based elements, known as the 4Ms, (what matters, mobility, mentation and medications) and has an execution theory that is built for nationwide scale and impact.

You can find Annual Conference resources here. If you remember a presentation that you don’t see on our site, please ask, as we are still adding resources.

Finally, I hope you’ll join us for next year’s conference, which will be held October 17–19, 2018, in Memphis, TN, at The Peabody. Mark your calendars now because I think it will shape up to be another great event in a city known for its cultural diversity.

 GIA Member  

Kedar Mate engaged participants at the 2017 GIA Annual Conference with his presentation about creating an innovative age-friendly health system.

Are you looking for an opportunity to be more involved with GIA? Consider joining the Annual Conference Program Committee, which meets in person once and conducts about four to six conference calls during the year. This committee helps in selecting topics for the Annual Conference, suggests plenary speakers, and reviews session proposals. To learn more about serving on the committee, contact Maria Gonzales Jackson.

A new profile of GIA in INSIDE PHILANTRHOPY, “Finding a Better Frame: How a Funders Group Looks at Aging,” examines the goals of the ReFraming Aging project as well as GIA’s efforts to support age-friendly communities, rural aging work, intergenerational approaches, and more. As John Feather is quoted saying in the article, “The point is not just to make it better for older people, but to make it better for everyone including older people.”


New GIA Members
GIA welcomes Florida Blue Foundation, based in Jacksonville, FL, which focuses on caregivers, navigators, and direct services.
To see a full listing of GIA members, please check out the Membership Roster List.

Tufts Health Plan Foundation Receives GIA Diversity Award
Tufts Health Plan Foundation was honored with the GIA Diversity Award at the 2017 GIA Annual Conference, recognizing efforts by the Foundation and its grantees to promote equity and healthy aging.

Board Member Jackie Jenkins-Scott accepted the award on behalf of the Foundation and its grantees, noting, “A key tenant of our work is honoring the community and meeting them where they are. This includes listening, following and doing what is needed to ensure their success.” Read more here.

Alzheimer’s Team Takes Top Honors at Visioneers Summit
A world-class team of scientists and advocates, led by Age Wave visionary Ken Dychtwald and George Vradenburg, Co-Founder and Chairman of UsAgainstAlzheimer’s, received the highest honors at the 2017 XPRIZE Visioneers Summit for their bold impact proposal to globally crowdsource a new 21st century approach to diagnose, treat, cure and prevent Alzheimer’s disease. The Alzheimer’s team now moves forward as a top priority for an intended 2018 XPRIZE global competition, which will be backed by $25 million in funding from Ric and Jean Edelman, founders of Edelman Financial Services and founding sponsors of the Alzheimer’s team. Read more on the Age Wave website.
The SCAN Foundation announces winners of 2017 Innovations in Healthcare Award
Recipient is the The University of California, Los Angeles – Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Program, a partnership of eight community-based organizations and UCLA that delivers the comprehensive, coordinated level of care that people with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia and their caregivers need through the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care (UCLA ADC) program, a model that incorporates a nurse practitioner to deliver health care in coordination with physicians and integrates social services available by the CBO partners, such as adult day care services, counseling, and caregiver training. Learn more and see the list of Honorable Mentions. 

Attend GA 17 in Los Angeles
The General Assembly brings together volunteer leaders and professionals of The Jewish Federation from across the continent, as well as those engaged in the business of Jewish philanthropy from around the globe. GA 17 will be held Sunday, November 12, through Tuesday, November 14 at the JW Marriott in Los Angeles. Learn more here.

Aging2.0 Announces Its “Grand Challenges”
Aging 2.0 recently announced its Grand Challenges — a new global initiative to drive collaboration around the biggest challenges and opportunities in aging. The eight Challenges were the result of five years of dialogue with stakeholders from across Aging2.0’s interdisciplinary, intergenerational, and international community and represent areas that have the greatest potential for innovation to improve the lives of older adults.

You’re invited to attend the Aging2.0 OPTIMIZE Conference in San Francisco on November 14-15, 2017, for the official launch of the grand challenges and the unveiling of plans for 2018. Read more here.

Rani Snyder, program director at The John A. Hartford Foundation, is quoted in a new US News article, “What Care Options Are Available for Aging People on a Budget?”
Beth Sipple of the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging is quoted in a US News article, “4 Signs You Need to Seek Long-Term Care for Your Aging Parent.”

Conversations with GIA 
2017 Hurricane Season: The Effect on Older Adults & What Funders Should Know
Monday, November 13th, 2017 at 2:00pm Eastern
When faced with how to best to respond to the needs of older adults in a disaster, funders need to combine their knowledge of all three components of this work: knowledge about philanthropy, older adults, and disasters. Please join this panel discussion with the Center for Disaster Philanthropy, The Patterson Foundation, and the Florida Philanthropic Network to hear facts and statistics on the effects of the hurricane season on older adults, how to best allocate the resources you have as a funder to benefit older adults, and what the philanthropic community is doing to support the needs of older adults. The Disaster Philanthropy Playbook strategy on older adults will also inform this discussion. Click here to register.

Anna R. Hurt, Center for Disaster Philanthropy
Debra Jacobs, The Patterson Foundation
Robert McFalls, Florida Philanthropic Network

Moderator: John Feather, PhD, CEO, Grantmakers In Aging
Special thanks to the Center for Disaster Philanthropy for their support of this webinar.
No CEUs are available for this webinar.

Conversations with GIA 
Hope and Help for Those Facing Alzheimer’s Disease: New Developments in Research, Care, Support and Prevention
Monday, November 20th, at 1:00pm Eastern
By 2050, more than 28 million baby boomers are expected to develop dementia — the only leading cause of death among the top 10 in the U.S. that cannot be prevented, cured, or even slowed. Still, there are reasons to be optimistic. There’s unprecedented momentum in Alzheimer’s research, and innovations in care are enabling more people to live their best possible life with the disease. Alzheimer’s Association leaders share how scientists are making progress toward the national goal of treating and preventing Alzheimer’s disease by 2025 — and how health care professionals and others are becoming better equipped to diagnose and support those living with the disease and those who care for them. Click here to register.

Heather M. Snyder, Ph.D., Senior Director, Medical & Scientific Relations, Alzheimer's Association
Joanne Pike, DrPH, Chief Program Officer, Alzheimer's Association

Moderator: John Feather, PhD, CEO, Grantmakers In Aging
Special Thanks to The John A. Hartford Foundation and Bader Philanthropies for their support of this webinar.
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.

    The Invitation to Innovation Initiative
    A five-foundation Collaborative is working together to accelerate health system transformation for people with complex health and social needs. Grantmakers In Aging (GIA) and Grantmakers In Health (GIH) have now joined with the Collaborative to promote The Playbook — a new compilation of case studies, issue briefs, and program resources — among funders, including a one-day meeting in La Jolla, CA, January 30, 2018, three webinars, and a series of information briefs. Read more here.

    GIA Member
    The American Society on Aging (ASA) Seeks Director of Strategic Alliances and Development
    ASA, a San Francisco-based professional membership association, is seeking an energetic, strategic and collaborative leader to fill the new position of Director of Strategic Alliances and Development. To learn more about the position or apply, click here.
    The Health Foundation for Western and Central New York is seeking a Program Officer and a Research Associate.

    The Peterson Center on Healthcare is seeking an Associate Director of Dissemination.

    Philanthropy and Opioids: Why We Must See Beyond Addiction
    In this piece for Philanthropy Daily, GIA CEO John Feather reflects on why we must see beyond addiction in tackling the opioid epidemic and making sure that the unique problems facing older adults receive the attention they need. Read the article here.
    John Feather in Memphis, appears on WKNO-TV’s “The Best Times”
    John Feather recently appeared with The Plough Foundation’s Executive Director Rick Masson on The Best Times, a series of programs on aging supported by the Foundation’s Aging Initiative. The episode provided an update on the progress of the initiative and plans to hold the 2018 GIA Annual Conference in Memphis. View the episode here.
    Experienced Helping Hands: Why older volunteers can be your best resource and how to engage them
    A new handbook for nonprofits from the Eisner Foundation. Download here

    Mark your calendar and join GIA at these upcoming online and in-person events. Please note that some events require advance registration.
    November 13, 2pm Eastern
    Conversations with GIA: 2017 Hurricane Season —The Effect on Older Adults & What Funders Should Know
    November 20, 1pm Eastern
    Conversations with GIA: Hope and Help for Those Facing Alzheimer’s Disease: New Developments in Research, Care, Support and Prevention

    January 30, 2018
    Invitation to Innovation event: co-hosted by GIA and GIH. Better Care for People with Complex Needs

    One-day meeting, La Jolla, CA
    May 2-3, 2018
    GIA Rural Transportation Summit
    Berkeley, CA

    October 17–19, 2018
    2018 GIA Annual Conference

    Memphis, TN
    The Peabody

    Not yet a GIA member? Consider these exclusive benefits available to all GIA members:

    GIA’s Annual Conference (with a special member discount)

    Members-only opportunities to propose, design, and lead Annual Conference sessions

    Trustees and CEOs meetings at Annual Conference

    Special members-only webinar series

    Special members-only search engine focused on member Web sites

    Private GIA membership and grants directory

    Opportunity to join funders-only collaboratives: Age-friendly Communities, and Rural Aging

    Opportunities to share your projects and news and have GIA promote them


    To learn more about GIA membership or how to join, please contact Maria Gonzales Jackson.

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

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