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July 1, 2015
 
As this newsletter reaches you, many of us will be preparing for the July 4th weekend. The approach of Independence Day has us thinking about our nation’s history — and why we chose Washington DC for this year’s GIA conference. 

For one thing, this is an important anniversary year for three pieces of landmark legislation for seniors: it’s been 80 years since the passage of the Social Security Act and 50 years since it was amended to create Medicare and Medicaid. It was also 50 years ago that the Older Americans Act was signed into law. The Social Security Act said, in effect, that older Americans deserve financial support; the Medicare and Medicaid amendments said that they deserve health care. And the Older Americans Act said that they deserve dignity, quality of life, and a central place in their communities.

But it’s not only commemoration of political history that draws us to DC — it’s also preparation for the future that lies directly before us. As the presidential campaign season gets into full swing, we must all do everything we can to make sure that the welfare of older Americans has a featured spot in policy discussions.

Washington DC will be the perfect place for us this fall: we’ll be surrounded by living testaments to what political advocacy can achieve, and energized for the work before us. We’re getting pumped for the conference already. We hope you are, too, and we hope to see you in DC this October! 
 
Annual Conference News
Nominate an Organization for the GIA Diversity Award
The GIA Diversity is given each year to the organization that has most wholeheartedly and effectively embraced diversity in their work on aging. If you know an organization whose work is helping to achieve healthier, better aging for all older adults, please let us know! Come to our website for more information about the Diversity Award and to download a nomination form. Nominations are due to Darla Minnich by July 10. 
 
Accepting Nominations for the GIA Fellows Program 
Every year, GIA sponsors several outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research in aging-related fields to be part of the GIA Annual Conference. The GIA Fellows, who are nominated by faculty at schools in the greater Washington DC region, are given the opportunity to present their research, expand their professional networks, and contribute to the conference proceedings. Nominations are due to Darla Minnich by July 10. Read more about the GIA Fellows Program and find specifics on the nomination process here.
 
Grants and Awards
Archstone Foundation Announces $3,038,859 in New Grants
The Board of Directors of Archstone Foundation, a grantmaking foundation committed to preparing our society for meeting the needs of an aging population, approved 18 grants totaling $3,038,859 during the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2015. Grantmakers In Aging received one of these grants, a two-year grant of $174,550 to continue to update and “reframe” the public discourse about older adults (ageism): who they are, what issues affect them, how they contribute to society, and how society can best integrate their needs and contributions.
 
The John A. Hartford Foundation Investing in Projects to Improve Care for Older Adults 
The John A. Hartford Foundation Board of Trustees has approved six grants totaling $10.3 million for projects focused on improving the health of older adults by: aligning care with patient goals, improving geriatric surgical care, supporting educational sessions and reports for federal policymakers, developing an implementation plan for a geriatrics co-management intervention for hip fracture patients, expanding the Y-USA’s Diabetes Prevention Program, and enhancing efforts to spread evidence-based depression treatment to the rural northwest. Read more here.

Member News
Gary and Mary West Foundation: Newly Designed West Health Website
West Health, which supports innovative efforts to make quality healthcare affordable for all Americans, has launched its revamped website. Its intuitive design is intended to make it easier for users to learn about their research collaborations on Successful Aging, Interoperability and Coordinated Care. The site underscores the ways in which West Health’s Successful Aging strategy reinforces its mission, unites all of the research it has done to date and informs its work going forward. Check out the new site at westhealth.org
 
Happy 90th to the Luella Hannan Memorial Foundation!
In 1925, Luella Hannan started her eponymous foundation to serve older people in Detroit. Today, as it approaches its 90th anniversary, it has expanded into the tri-county Detroit metro area and continues to have real impact on the quality of life for the area’s elders. The Luella Hannan Memorial Foundation have long been members and friends to GIA; when the Foundation’s Executive Director, Tim Wintermute, retired last year, we awarded him an honorary membership at our 2014 conference. We’re proud to congratulate the Foundation and celebrate this great milestone with them!

Funders for Age-Friendly Communities
Thursday, July 9, 2:00–3:00 pm ET 
Finding the Best Lead Agency to Make Your Community Age-Friendly
Wondering what to fund to bring lasting change that makes your community a better place to grow older? This webinar will help you choose the best organization to lead and coordinate an age-friendly initiative in your community. The leader of a successful age-friendly initiative must have the capacity to be an action-oriented community change agent, a task-oriented coordinator, and a collaborator with many different types of stakeholders. We will explore several types of organizations to consider, including a larger nonprofit, a college or university, your area agency on aging, regional planning organization or other government body. Join us to learn more about the benefits and challenges with each type of potential grantee. 
 
Presenters: Cathy Boyer-Shesol from Mid-America Regional Council in Kansas City; Stephanie Firestone, Livable Communities Director, National Association of Area Agencies on Aging; Alan DeLaTorre, Ph.D., Age-Friendly Portland Project Manager, Portland State University Institute on Aging; and Lindsay Goldman, LMSW, Age-Friendly New York City Project Director, New York Academy of Medicine.
Moderator: John Feather, CEO of Grantmakers In Aging.

If you are a foundation or other funder, such as AAA, UJA, United Way, or a government agency, we invite you to attend this July webinar that will help you choose the best organization to lead and coordinate an age-friendly initiative in your community. To register, click here or contact us here.
 
Conversations with GIA 
If you missed recent webinars in the series, you can still view screencasts of each:
  
Supporting Military/Veteran Caregivers: An Aging Services Perspective. In this web seminar you will learn about the challenges in the lives of these “Hidden Heroes,” emerging programs and services, and the role that foundations can play in helping to end their isolation and desperation. From June 9, 2015. Click here to view.

Homelessness and Aging. This webinar explores the ways in which systems serving seniors can work better together and the funder’s role in ending and preventing homelessness for older adults. From May 20, 2015. Download the slides here.

Reframing Aging: Understanding and Changing the Way Americans Think About Aging. This webinar, presented by the Frameworks Institute, presents preliminary results from a project designed to reframe our public conversation about aging. From May 5, 2015. Click here to view.
 
Future of Nursing. This webinar focuses on The Robert Wood Johnson’s Future of Nursing Scholars program. Presenter Sue Hassmiller, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF) senior adviser for nursing, shares her vision for expanding the program’s funders community and the research implications for its scholars to expand into the field of gerontological studies. From April 15, 2015. Click here to view. 
Calendar
Finding the Best Lead Agency to Make Your Community Age-Friendly. If you are a foundation or other funder, such as AAA, UJA, United Way, or a government agency, please join us for this July webinar that will help you choose the best organization to lead and coordinate an age-friendly initiative in your community. Thursday, July 9, 2015, 2:00–3:00 p.m. ET. Register for this webinar.
 
2015 GIA Annual Conference
October 28–30, 2015
Willard Intercontinental Hotel
Washington DC 
 
Lessons Learned in Rural Age-friendly Communities. Friday, July 31, 2015, 11:30 a.m. ET. Register for this webinar
 
The IFA Global Conference 2016: Disasters in an Ageing World 
The International Federation on Ageing will hold its 13th Global Conference in Brisbane, Australia, from June 21 to June 23, 2016. It will be a seminal age-friendly event that enables decision makers, practitioners, researchers, service providers, and community members to share their experiences to support rapidly aging populations worldwide. The central theme of the 13th IFA Conference will be on natural and human-induced disasters and health emergencies in an aging world. While there is a focus on disasters in an aging world, the conference will cover the broad range of age-related issues. Learn more on IFA's conference site.
 
Resources
White House Conference on Aging: Monday, July 13, 2015
The White House Conference on Aging (WHCOA) is streaming LIVE on Monday, July 13, 2015, and you’re invited to participate! Watch the event as it happens, host a streaming party, share your story and participate in Q&A. For more information, visit the WHCOA site. And don’t forget to follow the WHCOA Blog as well! 

Lessons Learned in Rural Age-friendly Communities
Rural communities experience unique challenges in connecting older adults with all generations — but they also have some unique advantages. Join the Arizona Age-Friendly Network and the Lifelong Indiana Coalition for a webinar on what they’ve learned about keeping older adults connected in rural communities. Friday, July 31st, 11:30 a.m. ET. Email Rachel Brito by July 29 to register. 

New Textbook Features Many Foundation-supported Models of Geriatric Care
Hartford Change AGEnts Michael Malone, MD; Elizabeth A. Capezuti, PhD, RN, FAAN; and Robert M. Palmer, MD, MPH, collaborated on editing a recently released textbook focusing on "Geriatrics Models of Care." The book features a number of innovative models of care supported by JAHF over the years. Read more here. 
 
Public Policy Long-Term Care Update: Caregiving in the U.S. Report
The profile of the family caregiver in America is changing as the population ages, according to a new research study from the AARP Public Policy Institute and the National Alliance for Caregiving. While the "typical" family caregiver is a 49-year old woman taking care of a relative, caregivers on the whole are becoming as diverse as the American population. Read the full report here.
 
Social Networking 
Social media is a great way to get your message out and to build interest in aging issues. Have you liked GIA’s Facebook page yet? If not, please do, by clicking here! We post a lot of news about GIA and our members there and it’s a great way to stay in touch. 
 
On Twitter, we’ve got 2,500 followers! We’d like to follow you on Twitter, and have you follow us, too, at twitter.com/GIAging
 
And don’t forget to connect with GIA on LinkedIn.
 
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