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August 1, 2014

If you’re sweating it out this summer, distract yourself with a few thoughts about GIA’s annual conference, which will take place October 22 to 24, 2014, in rarely-too-hot, rarely-too-cold San Francisco. This year’s theme is, “Greater Expectations: A New Vision for Aging Philanthropy.”

To help communicate that vision, we’re adding some exciting new content, including site visits to one of two programs offering innovative services to beneficiaries eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid. Following the site visit, a conference intensive session will provide insight into federal, state, and local efforts to achieve an integrated system of care for dual eligibles and the role philanthropy can play in support of these efforts.

Please click here to visit our website where you can register for the conference, check out the program brochure, and start planning your travel. You should also receive a program brochure in the mail soon, as well.

We look forward to seeing you this fall.

Community AGEnda Update

Community AGEnda continues to show what an age-friendly community can look like, with three new videos from CA sites in Maricopa County, AZ, Kansas City, and Indiana, showcasing such age-friendly approaches services as volunteer drivers, age-friendly city planning, and neighbors helping neighbors through the Village model.

Atlanta’s “Living Beyond Expectations” campaign included an amazing weekend of so-called tactical urbanism. Teams of experts and volunteers worked together to transform the neighborhood along Sweet Auburn Avenue into a lifelong community, complete with pop-up shops, bike lanes, outdoor exercise classes, and urban gardening. Watch a terrific video that condenses the whole weekend into a little over two minutes, and read an op-ed in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution by Kathryn Lawler, Community AGEnda project lead and manager of aging and health resources at the Atlanta Regional Commission.

In Kansas City, a seminar on "Changing Housing Needs for Older Adults" at the Kauffmann Foundation explored the innovation that will be necessary to allow older adults to “age in place” as both the suburbs and baby boomers age. The discussion covered affordable housing, maintenance-free housing, and how to create a community that is walkable and attractive to a wide range of residents by accommodating residents' needs rather than building according to zoning ordinances alone. View all the presentations here.

Conversations with GIA

GIA will be hosting two Conversations with GIA webinars in late summer. The first, Connecting Generations Through Documentary and Intergenerational Tech Training, is scheduled for Tuesday, August 12, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. Eastern (11:00 a.m. Pacific). Lisa Marsh Ryerson, President, AARP Foundation, and Brenda Rusnak, Producer, Cyber-Seniors, will discuss the importance of intergenerational collaboration in bridging the digital divide and present an innovative model for disseminating information and supporting change through youth-driven community projects.

Special thanks to our co-sponsors, The John A. Hartford Foundation; the Consumer Electronics Association Foundation; and the AARP Foundation.

PLEASE NOTE: CEUs are not available for this session.
  • Click here to register for the August 12 webinar. This free program is open to all grantmakers. ASA is producing this event and will host the recorded program for access by GIA members.

The second webinar, How Our Eyes Age: The Impact on Everyday Life, is scheduled for Friday, September 5, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. Eastern (11:00 a.m. Pacific). Chris Girkin, MD, MSPH, Professor and Chair of the Dept. of Ophthalmology, the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), and Cynthia Owsley, PhD, MSPH, Professor in the UAB Dept. of Ophthalmology, will provide an overview of the basic changes to the eyes with aging, the impact of aging-related vision changes on everyday activities, and healthy behaviors that can help protect one’s eyesight. Torrey DeKeyser, Executive Director of the Eyesight Foundation of Alabama, will offer a perspective of how one local foundation is working to address vision issues of older adults in the community.

Special thanks to our co-sponsors, The John A. Hartford Foundation; Research to Prevent Blindness; and the Eyesight Foundation of Alabama.

PLEASE NOTE: CEUs are not available for this session.

  • Click here to register for the September 5 webinar. This free program is open to all grantmakers. ASA is producing this event and will host the recorded program for access by GIA members.

And if you missed recent webinars in the series, you can still view screencasts of each
How Do I Know What Is Right For My Community — Evidence of Effective and Replicable Age-Friendly Interventions, with Jeanne Anthony, Senior Program Manager at AARP Livable Communities, Judy Willett, National Director of Village to Village Network, and Derenda Schubert, Executive Director at Bridge Meadows Intergenerational Community. From July 22, 2014. Click here to view.

Why Create an Age-friendly Community? Evidence of Health and Community Improvements from Around the U.S., with Dorian Block of the New York Academy of Medicine; Kate Clark, Planner for Policy & Program Development at the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging; Allen Glicksman, Director of Research and Evaluation at Philadelphia Corporation for Aging; Dana Bradley, Professor of Public Health and Director of the Center for Gerontology at Western Kentucky University; and Mary Blumberg, Program Manager for Strategic Planning and Development for the Atlanta Regional Commission. From May 13, 2014. Click here to view.

Building the Business Acumen of Community-Based Organizations for Successful Health Care Partnerships, with Marisa Scala-Foley, Administration for Community Living, Erin Westphal, The SCAN Foundation, and Nora OBrien-Suric, the John A. Hartford Foundation. From May 12, 2014. Click here to view.

The Political Environment of Age-Friendliness, with Hugh O’Connor, Chief Executive Officer of Age Friendly Ireland, and Margaret Neal, Director of the Institute on Aging at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. From April 29, 2014. Click here to view.

Working Collaboratively to Prevent Elder Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation, with Kathy Greenlee, Assistant Secretary for Aging. From March 24, 2014. Click here to view.

Awards and Grants
The Tufts Health Plan Foundation 
announced today more than $1.6 million in new funding to 43 Massachusetts and Rhode Island-based organizations as part of its first cycle of funding for 2014. 

The largest number of grants this cycle was in the foundation’s Health & Wellness program area, primarily for initiatives that promote chronic disease self-management and prevention, exercise and nutrition, and fall prevention. The foundation also awarded more than 25 percent of its grants in the area of Purposeful Engagement, which includes community involvement, volunteerism and intergenerational programs as well as caregiver support programs.

Click here to read more and to view a summary of the foundation’s first cycle of 2014 grant recipients.


Conversations with GIA: Connecting Generations Through Documentary and Intergenerational Tech Training
August 12, 2014

Conversations with GIA: How Our Eyes Age: The Impact on Everyday Life
September 5, 2014

2014 GIA Annual Conference
October 22-24, 2014
San Francisco, CA
Click here to register.


Everyone in the GIA family was saddened to learn about Bill Bergosh’s sudden passing. A longtime GIA member and a major player in Kansas City with the EngAGEment initiative, Bill had served the John Knox Village Foundation for more than 20 years and was most recently elected to the John Knox Village Board of Directors. He was also a senior fellow and adjunct professor at the Henry W. Bloch School of Public and Business Administration. We offer our sincerest condolences to Bill’s family, friends, and community.

Member News

The Michelson Foundation has launched its new name: Aroha Philanthropies (pronounced 'ah-row-ha), which was inspired by the Maori culture of New Zealand and embodies the concepts of selflessness, tolerance, kindness, generosity, compassion, and love. To learn more about the name change and key initiatives, visit the foundation’s website.

The Gary and Mary West Foundation was founded in 2006 and has focused its philanthropic investments on efforts to lower the cost of health care, improve the quality of life for low-income seniors, and support the deployment of professionally trained service dogs. Recently the foundation launched a series of short videos that highlight its mission and work. The first video, which can be accessed from the foundation’s homepage, introduces Gary and Mary West as philanthropists and their passion to make a difference by giving back.

GIA’s New Issues Piece Focuses on Family Caregiving
Authored by AARP Public Policy Institute's Lynn Feinberg, MSW, this new Issues piece explains that family caregivers are the bedrock of long-term services and supports (LTSS) in our country. In 2009, about 42.1 million family caregivers in the U.S. provided an estimated 40.3 billion hours of care to an adult with limitations in daily activities. They provided unpaid care valued at $450 billion that year—more than total Medicaid spending in 2009 and more than twice paid LTSS, according to AARP’s Public Policy Institute. Read more.

Social Network

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. 

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