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December 2, 2015
It’s been a busy year at GIA, filled with a few challenges but far more opportunities to live our mission of improving the experience of aging. We are particularly grateful to have such dedicated colleagues and partners to help us in these efforts. At this joyous time of year, we wish you prosperity, happiness, and peace in the new year. Happy holidays. 
2015 Conference Update
Conference Presentations Now Available
The GIA Annual Conference may be over, but its impact will continue to ripple outward in the next few months. Case in point, we’re pleased to announce that the slide decks used at the conference are now online and available for download. Not all presenters used slides, but summaries of those sessions, along with funding ideas for grantmakers, will be captured in the full Conference Highlights, due to be published on the GIA site in late February or early March. Many thanks to The SCAN Foundation for supporting the process of capturing and publishing the key learnings from the conference.
And don’t forget to mark your calendar with next year’s conference, which will be held October 26-28, 2016, in Portland, Oregon, at The Nines Hotel.
Download John Feather’s State of Aging Address
If you enjoyed John Feather’s address on The State of Aging in America: Soaring in the Future: Seeking New Horizons in Aging and Philanthropy (or if you missed it but would like to take a look), it is available for download here.
Sponsorship Opportunities for 2016
Grantmakers In Aging is pleased to announce our new Sponsorship Opportunities for the 2016 Annual Conference in beautiful Portland, Oregon. We invite you to learn more about the many benefits offered by the GIA Annual Conference and the advantages that each level of support delivers in this new brochure. The brochure, which details sponsorship levels and benefits in detail, reflects GIA’s continuing efforts to refine and develop conference sponsorship opportunities that meet the needs of a wide range of organizations interested in aging philanthropy.

Contact GIA CEO, John Feather, with any questions or to discuss these opportunities. John can be reached at 703.413.0413 or by email.

Awards and Grants
AARP Foundation Launches $70 Million Social Investment Initiative Atlantic Philanthropies Awards $177 Million for Brain Health Institute
The University of California, San Francisco and Trinity College Dublin have announced a $177 million grant from Atlantic Philanthropies to create an institute focused on reducing the scale and impact of dementia globally. The funds will be used to train at least 600 fellows and scholars over the course of 15 years, using a multidisciplinary approach, integrating medicine, public policy, social science, journalism, law, business, and the arts to create leaders who can help change the course of the disease throughout the world. To read more about the initiative, click here.

Funders for Age-Friendly Communities
Archive of Webinars for Funders
Webinars hosted by GIA's Funders for Age-Friendly Communities can be found in the archives on the GIA website, so check it out if you missed the September 28 webinar, Better Transportation for Older Adults. Also in the archives you will find webinars on strategies and tactics for selling the benefits of an age-friendly community, which government and planning organizations to choose as collaborators, sustainable changes that make a community age-friendly, and finding the best lead agency to make your community age-friendly.
Partner Webinars
Wednesday, December 2, 2:00 pm ET, for Funders Only
Addressing the Behavioral Health Needs of Older Adults
Co-sponsored by Grantmakers In Health and Grantmakers In Aging
The high prevalence of behavioral health issues in the elder population is rarely discussed. Yet millions of older adults across the country have undiagnosed and untreated behavioral health needs, such as late-life depression and substance abuse, which are lowering their quality of life and overall health. Join this webinar to learn about the important behavioral health challenges facing older adults, some of the promising practices and interventions being studied and implemented, and the opportunities for health funders to make a difference. Speakers include: Ladson Hinton of University of California-Davis, Paulette Parker of Williamsburg Health Foundation, and Kathryn Power of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

If you are a staff member or trustee of a GIH Funding Partner organization, please log in at GIH with your email and password to register for the event. If you are not from a GIH Funding Partner organization and would like to attend, please send an emailThis webinar is open to funders only.

Conversations with GIA 
If you missed recent webinars in the series, you can still view screencasts of each. Or check out the full archive of webinars on the GIA website.
Intergenerational Solutions for Building Stronger Communities. This webinar demonstrates how intentional, intergenerational solutions can improve outcomes for children, youth, and older adults and transform communities. From October 14, 2015. Click here to view.

Strengthening the Gerontological Workforce.
This webinar focuses on developing programs that improve services to older adults by enhancing workforce capacity. From October 5, 2015. Click here to view.

Making a Difference in Addressing the Graying of HIV and AIDS.
An overview of the changing face of HIV and aging, including how HIV manifests among older adults, with emphasis on its impact on diverse racial, ethnic, and geographical communities. From September 21, 2015. Click here to view.
Helping Seniors Age in Place — A Collaboration Between a Local Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, and AARP. An interactive discussion about an innovative project: the $3.9 million Plough Foundation Aging in Place project in Memphis, Tennessee. From July 15, 2015. Click here to view.
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.


The IFA Global Conference 2016: Disasters in an Ageing World 
The International Federation on Ageing will hold its 13th Global Conference: Disasters in an Ageing World: Readiness, Resilience and Recovery from June 21 to June 23, 2016. The Conference will be held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Australia. The program will primarily focus on Disasters in an Ageing World, reflecting on both natural and man-made disasters. Learn more on IFA's conference site.
GIA Annual Conference
October 26–28, 2016
The Nines Hotel
Portland, OR
New Issue Brief
GIA has posted a new Issue brief, on Arts & Culture and their connection to aging. The brief is authored by Anne Basting, PhD, founder and president of TimeSlips Creative Storytelling. Read the brief here.

Medicare’s Role in End-of-Life Care
Drawing on her own experiences, both personal and professional, Amy Berman, a Senior Program Officer at the John A. Hartford Foundation, applauds Medicare’s announcement that it will begin paying for advance care planning services in 2016. The decision removes a major obstacle that has prevented many people from having these important discussions with their health care team. Read the Advance Care Planning section in the CMS Fact Sheet or an excellent FAQ on Medicare’s Role in End-of-Life Care.

AARP: Medicare Releases Official Part B 2016 Premiums
After months of speculation, Medicare’s standard Part B premiums for 2016 have been officially announced. About 70 percent of beneficiaries will continue to pay the same amount that has been charged for the past three years: $104.90 a month. Others will pay $121.80 a month, or more for higher-income beneficiaries who already pay higher premiums. Read the entire article here.

AARP’s Random Acts Of Kindness for Caregivers Contest Continues
Random Acts of Kindness for Caregivers, a contest sponsored by AARP, is in full swing. The contest encourages people of all ages to recognize and reward family caregivers in their lives in small but meaningful ways. Read more about the contest here. The deadline to enter is March 15, 2016.

Engaging Private Philanthropy in Aging: Time for a New Approach
Writing in Generations, the Journal of the American Society on Aging, GIA CEO John Feather presents three main misconceptions about aging, explains how the Gauging Aging report can help reframe our language and approach, and calls on funders to bring an "aging lens" to work with a broader range of partners. Read the article 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. 
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