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::: September 2018

The impact of the opioid epidemic on older people continues to be overlooked and misunderstood, so I was pleased to travel to Nashville in August, where I delivered the keynote address at an event with Allied Against Opioid Abuse (AAOA) and several Nashville-area groups focused on aging. The purpose was to discuss new approaches to addressing the nation’s prescription opioid abuse epidemic and the actionable steps that can be taken to assist older adults in preventing the misuse of their medications.

Participating in the event reminded me that, while the topic of opioid misuse has received a great deal of attention in recent months, the problem is far from solved, especially in rural communities. It seems a good time to revisit the landmark paper we published a year ago: Heartache, Pain, and Hope: Rural Communities, Older People, and the Opioid Crisis: An Introduction for Funders.

It offers a fresh perspective, highlighting the needs and concerns of older adults, and describing proven programs, innovative partnerships, policy recommendations, and scientific and medical responses that governments, communities, nonprofits, and philanthropies can support and expand.

And don’t forget to check out the other resources we’ve gathered on the opioid crisis.
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John Feather delivers the keynote address at an August event with Allied Against Opioid Abuse (AAOA) and several Nashville-area groups focused on aging.

Update Your Contact List
GIA recently made a small move — from Suite 504 to Suite 1011 in the same building. Our new address is:

Grantmakers In Aging
2001 Jefferson Davis Highway
Suite 1011
Arlington, VA 22202

Our phone number is the same (703.413.0413).
GIA Launches All Together: GIA’s Comprehensive Guide to Funding in Aging
Completely re-designed, the All Together guide offers an indispensable digital resource for grantmakers in all fields who are looking for innovative ways to reflect the opportunities associated with an older population in their work. Share it with a funder colleague today! Thanks to Archstone Foundation for their generous support of the new Guide. Explore it here.
Registration is Now Open for GIA’s Annual Conference
Register by the Early Registration deadline (September 15) and be automatically entered in our Visit Memphis Drawing for the Ultimate Corky’s BBQ Pack for 4. Conference registration is open to all of those who qualify for a GIA membership. Share the invitation with a fellow grantmaker!
For any questions, contact Maria Gonzales Jackson at
For tips on making the most of your trip to Memphis, check out the wonderful visitor guide put together for our Annual Conference Host Committee by Katrina Dorse, a Memphis native and Senior Intern at the Assisi Foundation of Memphis. Learn more here.

2018 Diversity Award Nominations Now Open
GIA established the Diversity Award in 2003 to recognize national, regional, and local individuals, programs, and organizations that embrace diversity as a fundamental element in all levels of their work in aging.

Nonprofit organizations, individual grantmakers, or foundations working effectively with a diverse aging population are eligible for consideration. Self-nominations are welcome!

To nominate someone, download and complete the nomination form, then save it and email it, as an attachment, to Maria Gonzales Jackson indicating “2018 GIA Diversity Award” in the subject line. Submissions are due electronically by September 6, 2018.


GIA Welcomes New Members
Join GIA in welcoming the following new member: Impact1890: A National Lutheran Program

GIA Webinars
In September, GIA is hosting two Conversations with GIA webinars focused on age-friendly issues. It’s not too late to register.

Thursday, September 6, 2018, 2:00 PM Eastern
Age-Friendly Workforce: Preparing the Workforce to Care for Us as We Age
As we age, our health care needs change. The complex needs of older adults with chronic conditions and multiple medications are unique and the health care workforce must be well prepared to provide this care. The Eldercare Workforce Alliance (EWA) has arranged a panel of experts to discuss programs that address key components of training this workforce to care for all of us as we age. Speakers on this webinar will discuss key programs that train the direct care, the primary care and health system workforce. 

Rani Snyder, Program Director at The John A. Hartford Foundation

Dr. Catherine Carrico, Associate Director of the Wyoming Center on Aging at the University of Wyoming, President-elect of the National Association for Geriatric Education (NAGE) and Associate Director of the Wyoming Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program (WyGWEP).

Angelina Del Rio Drake, Chief Operating Officer of the Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute (PHI)

Thank you to The John A. Hartford Foundation for their support of this webinar.


Thursday, September 13, 2018, 2:00 PM Eastern
Creating an Age-Friendly State
For the first time ever, leaders in NY and MA are putting plans in place with concrete strategies to make their states age-friendly. As they start this journey to create better places to grow up and grow old, NY and MA are not starting from scratch. They are leveraging existing community resources, identifying opportunities for new investments, building and/or strengthening coalitions or rethinking existing work. Grantmakers investing in age-friendly work or thinking about it can learn from these experiences.

During this webinar, we will explore what it takes to make cities, towns and states relevant and responsive to older people. Who should be included in the process, including those who represent diverse communities? We’ll explore how to reach the "unusual suspects"; how to identify gaps and opportunities; how to resolve the tension between honoring work happening in community and supporting statewide efforts; how communities define age-friendly, and where dementia-friendly initiatives fit. 

Robin Lipson serves as Chief of Staff and Chief Strategy Officer for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs.
Nora Moreno Cargie is Vice President of Corporate Citizenship for Tufts Health Plan and President of Tufts Health Plan Foundation.
Nora OBrien-Suric is President of the Health Foundation for Western and Central New York.

Thank you to The John A. Hartford Foundation for supporting the Conversations with GIA series.

Monday, October 29, 2:00 Eastern
Geriatric Emergency Departments: Past, Present, and Future Opportunities for Engagement
The Emergency Department (ED) is often the point of entry for older adults into the healthcare system, and, as such, it plays a unique role in setting the trajectory of care for this rapidly growing and often vulnerable segment of the population. To that end, the ED is increasingly leveraged as the “front porch,” bridging the community to health systems, and outpatient to inpatient care.

This growing demand for senior-specific care in the ED has been recognized as a top priority by national geriatric and emergency medicine organizations starting with the endorsement of the 2014 Geriatric ED guidelines that outline recommendations for optimal geriatric emergency care. Additionally, The John A. Hartford Foundation (JAHF) recently launched the Age-Friendly Health Systems initiative, organized around the four essentials — or 4Ms — of geriatric care: what Matters to the patient, Medication, Mentation, and Mobility. GEDs are synergistic with the Age-Friendly Health Systems initiative in that its goal is to enable emergency care redesign in an age-friendly manner incorporating all 4Ms.

In partnership, JAHF and West Health are currently supporting efforts focused on education and training of an interdisciplinary GED workforce, expanding the evidence base on the impact of GEDs, and capacity building to help spread and sustain GEDs throughout the nation.

During this webinar, we will provide an overview of different ways in which organizations can get involved in helping improve ED care for older adults, specifically in areas related to education and training, research, and capacity building.

Kelly Ko, PhD, Principal Investigator, West Health Institute

Marcus Escobedo, MPA, Sr. Program Officer and Communications Director, The John A. Harford Foundation

John Feather, PhD, CEO, Grantmakers In Aging


Thank you to West Health for their support of this webinar.

Issues Brief: LGBT and Dementia
Disparities in health, wealth, isolation, and trust make reaching LGBT older adults with Alzheimer’s disease particularly challenging, while also highlighting their tremendous resilience and ability to thrive when provided with appropriate resources and supports. Read the new report from SAGE and the Alzheimer’s Association here. 
New GIA Issue Brief: Evidence-Based Programs
Find background, guidance, and funding examples in GIA’s latest brief, authored by Kathleen Cameron of NCOA and Paige Denison of the Evidence-Based Leadership Council: Scaling Evidence-Based Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Programs to Promote Healthy Aging.
Breaking New Ground: Supporting Employed Family Caregivers with Workplace Leave Policies
Trends suggest an increasing share of family caregivers will be in the labor force, facing the dual demands of employment and caregiving responsibilities for relatives or close friends with a serious illness or disability. States are leading the way to enact “caregiver-friendly” policies that add value for workers, employers, and the economy as a whole. Read the new paper by AARP Public Policy Institute’s Lynn Friss Feinberg to learn what is known about Paid Family Leave and Paid Sick Days laws in early-adopter states. 

Summary Report to the Field Number 1: Rural Group Recommendations for National Funders
As part of the work of the Office of Rural Philanthropic Analysis, Campbell University is committed to mining information from a broad range of stakeholders in the rural implementation and research space. As a product of those ongoing efforts, the group will periodically present brief summaries of its work that we believe will be of value to the field of rural philanthropy in the context of how to better align and energize our strategies. Read the first of a series of short blogs that will be issued over the next few months.

Solving Social Security: Ensuring Long-Term Stability
Without legislative action, beginning in 2034 Social Security would still be able to pay roughly three-quarters of benefits for the remainder of this century, but such a reduction would compromise the economic security of beneficiaries. Read the AARP Public Policy Institute report.

Forbes has published "What's Next In Caring For Older People: The Age-Friendly Health System Movement," a collaboration with partners the American Hospital Association (AHA) and the Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA) supported by The John A. Hartford Foundation.

Mark your calendar and join GIA at these upcoming online and in-person events. Please note that some events require advance registration.
September 6, 2018
Age-Friendly Workforce: Preparing the Workforce to Care for Us as We Age
GIA Webinar
September 13, 2018
Creating an Age-Friendly State
GIA Webinar 
October 17–19, 2018
2018 GIA Annual Conference
Memphis, TN
The Peabody
October 29, 2018
Geriatric Emergency Departments: Past, Present, and Future Opportunities for Engagement
GIA Webinar 

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GIA currently coordinates two funder interest groups, one focused on Family Caregiving and one focused on End of Life/Serious Illness. The funder interest groups are supported by The John A. Hartford Foundation. For more information, please contact GIA Administrator and Program Manager, Emily Baransy.

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