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January 8, 2016
We hope everyone had happy holidays. As we enter a new year, it’s hard not to think about renewal, fresh starts, and, of course, resolutions. At GIA, one of our biggest resolutions involves the Aging Matters newsletter. We’ve made it a high priority to give this publication — a cornerstone of the GIA’s outreach with its Members and supporters — a thorough overhaul to make it more informative, more engaging, and more interactive. The redesign process will take place in the next few weeks, with a target launch date of the newer, better Aging Matters in late winter.

As always, we welcome your input and feedback. If you have any suggestions about how to improve Aging Matters, please share them with Maria Gonzales Jackson, Director of Programs and Membership. We look forward to seeing your ideas. 
2015 Conference Update
Why the Grantmakers In Aging Conference Is Important
Amy J. Berman, BS, RN, Senior Program Officer at The John A. Hartford Foundation, recently penned a blog piece titled, "Why Grantmakers In Aging Is Important," detailing the benefits of attending the GIA Annual Conference. You can read her thoughts here.

Help Shape the 2016 Annual Conference—Serve on the Planning Committee
GIA is seeking members to join us in serving on the Annual Conference Program Planning Committee. The majority of the work is done between January and June, with the committee meeting monthly for one-hour conference calls.

After a call for sessions, committee members will be asked to review approximately 20 to 25 proposals and evaluate them by completing a rating sheet. During this process, the committee holds one face-to-face meeting to discuss the proposal ratings and make the final selections for the program. This meeting will be held in Portland, OR, in late April. Attendance in person is not mandatory, but highly beneficial.

If you would like to volunteer or request more information, please email Darla Minnich or call her at 937.681.5213.

Program Ideas
And even if you don’t participate on the planning committee, you can still shape next year’s conference — by sharing topics to include on the agenda. Please send your ideas to Darla Minnich.

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
Tufts Health Plan Foundation Invests More Than $1.5 Million to Support Collaborations Working for Age-Friendly Policies
In December, the Tufts Health Plan Foundation announced investments of more than $1.5 million to move communities toward achieving age-friendly policies and practices that are relevant, focus on the most vulnerable, and include older adults in the process. The investments represent collaborative work among more than 200 organizations. The portfolio of grants approved by the Foundation’s board supports initiatives that stress collaboration and community involvement, engage diverse stakeholders to mobilize change, include the voice of older adults, and expand access by implementing system changes. Fourteen organizations were funded this cycle. In total, the Foundation awarded $3.5 million in grants in 2015.

We are excited to announce that GIA received an award in the category of Systems and Best Practices for Building an Age-friendly Movement in MA, NH and RI: Developing Learning Circles and Key Strategic Resources. You can read more about the other award recipients here.

Cleveland Foundation Board of Directors Approves $7.2 Million in Grants
At the end of 2015, the Cleveland Foundation board of directors approved $7.2 million in grants, with a focus on funding programs that provide safe shelter and support networks. The foundation’s largest grant of $155,000 went to Rebuilding Together Northeast Ohio for its Safe at Home program, which helps seniors remain in their homes as long as possible by offering home repairs and modifications. To read more about the programs being funded, click here.

JAHF Board of Trustees Approve Five Grants Totaling $6.7 Million
The John A. Hartford Foundation Board of Trustees has approved five new grants totaling $6.7 million to improve care of older adults. Each of the grants utilizes the deep knowledge of JAHF’s network of experts in the care of older adults, and all involve strong collaboration among multiple organizations that share a commitment to creating large-scale change to meet the needs of older people, their families, and our entire society. To read about the grant recipients and their programs, please click here.

Conversations with GIA 
Making Elder Justice a Reality: The Federal and Philanthropic Perspectives
Elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation is a silent problem that robs seniors of their dignity, security, and — in some cases — their lives. Up to 5 million older Americans are abused every year, and the annual loss by victims of financial abuse is estimated to be at least $2.6 billion. What is the scope of the problem and how are government and philanthropy working to identify and solve the complex issues involved? Join us for this important webinar on Friday, January 15, 2016 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm Eastern to learn more. We are joined by two of the most important voices in this field: Kathy Greenlee, JD, Administrator of the Administration for Community Living and the U.S. Assistant Secretary for Aging; and Terry Fulmer, PhD, RN, FAAN, President of The John A. Hartford Foundation to discuss promising new approaches and the way in which we all can play a role in the solution.

Presenters: Terry Fulmer, President of The John A Hartford Foundation; and Kathy Greenlee, Assistant Secretary for Aging

Moderator: John Feather, PhD, Chief Executive Officer, Grantmakers In Aging

Sponsor: Special thanks to our sponsor, The John A. Hartford Foundation.

Please note: No CEUs are available for this webinar.

Click here to register.

Supporting Family Caregivers: A Look at State and National Trends
Co-sponsored by Grantmakers In Health and Grantmakers In Aging

Drawing from Caregiving in the U.S. 2015, learn about the “new normal” of caregiving, which includes millennials, those ages 75 and older, and higher hour caregivers. Participants will explore the foundation of caregiving in the U.S., insights on national and state trends, as well as public policy efforts aimed at supporting family caregivers. These efforts include: the CARE Act; the RAISE Act; the bipartisan Assisting Caregivers Today (ACT) Caucus; and other legislative/public policy efforts around supporting family caregivers. AARP Public Policy Institute’s newest initiative, the Home Alone Alliance, will also be discussed. Discover opportunities in which philanthropy and others can support the well-being of older adults and their caregivers. Join us on Monday, January 19, 2016, from 2:00 pm–3:00 pm Eastern.

Presenters: Susan C. Reinhard, RN, PhD, FAAN, Senior Vice President and Director, AARP Public Policy Institute; and Laura Rath, MSG, Senior Program Officer, Archstone Foundation

Moderator: John Feather, PhD, Chief Executive Officer, Grantmakers In Aging

Sponsors: Special thanks to our sponsors, Archstone Foundation and The John A. Hartford Foundation

Please note: No CEUs are available for this webinar.

Click here to register.

Reimagining Oral Healthcare for Our Nation’s Seniors
Every day, 10,000 people turn 65. In 2012, 13.7% of the population was 65 and older; by 2040, this number will grow to 21%, putting an enormous strain on our healthcare delivery system. Poor oral healthcare is a significant health issue for older adults who already face a spectrum of challenges ranging from basic needs such as food, housing, transportation, and fixed incomes to more complex concerns such as managing chronic medical conditions. The Gary and Mary West Senior Dental Center, scheduled to open in mid-2016, will be a unique community dental clinic that combines access to high-quality, affordable oral healthcare integrated with comprehensive clinical and social services provided to seniors within an existing senior center. The goal is to ensure seniors achieve and maintain long-term dental health, regardless of their ability to pay for services, and will focus on oral health education and improving oral health literacy. Panelists will discuss how the Senior Dental Center hopes to reimagine how we provide oral healthcare for our nation’s seniors and the role that funders can have in achieving this goal. Join us on Wednesday, February 24, 2016, from 2:00 pm–3:00 pm Eastern.

Speakers: Karen Becerra, DDS, MPH, Chief Executive Officer, Dental Director, The Gary and Mary West Senior Dental Center; and Vyan Nguyen, MD, Program Officer, The Gary and Mary West Foundation

Moderator: John Feather, PhD, Chief Executive Officer, Grantmakers In Aging

Sponsors: Special thanks to our sponsors, The John A. Hartford Foundation and The Gary and Mary West Foundation.

Please note: No CEUs are available for this webinar.

Click here to register. 

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.


Conversations with GIA: Making Elder Justice a Reality: The Federal and Philanthropic Perspectives
January 15, 2016
2:00 – 3:00 pm EST
Click here to register.

Conversations with GIA: Supporting Family Caregivers: A Look at State and National Trends
January 19, 2016
2:00 – 3:00 pm EST
Click here to register.

Conversations with GIA: Reimagining Oral Healthcare for Our Nation’s Seniors
February 24, 2016
2:00 – 3:00 pm EST
Click here to register.
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
Member News
Aroha Philanthropies Publishes Highlights of 2015
GIA member Aroha Philanthropies recently published an overview of its 2015 highlights. Read all about it here.
Community Mourns Dr. Robert Mayer of the Rothschild Foundation
Rob Mayer, Founder and President of the Rothschild Foundation, passed away December 3, 2015, from complications due to cancer. A Celebration of Life ceremony is being planned for February and will be announced at a later date. You can read his full obituary here.

Amy Berman to Be Honored with Terrance Keenan Award
Amy Berman, Senior Program Officer at The John A. Hartford Foundation, will receive Grantmakers In Health's 2016 Terrance Keenan Leadership Award in Health Philanthropy. The award pays tribute to health grantmakers whose work is distinguished by leadership, innovation, and outstanding achievement. To read more about Ms. Berman’s contributions to improving health care, particularly for older adults, please 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.

Age-Associated Financial Vulnerability: An Emerging Public Health Issue
In an article published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, Mark S. Lachs, MD, MPH, discusses how some older adults have difficulty managing their finances and are vulnerable to financial exploitation. Some have dementia, but others are cognitively intact. This commentary addresses whether we should assign these older adults to a specific condition. To read the article in its entirety, click here.

Ageism in America: Reframing the Issues and Impacts
The Fall 2015 issue of Generations, published by the American Society on Aging, focuses on “Ageism in America: Reframing the Issues and Impacts.” While Generations is a members-only publication, this content is too seminal not to share it broadly, and thanks to the generous support of the Archstone Foundation, ASA is able to share this groundbreaking work on ageism and the “reframing” process with you, free of charge. Please share this message with everyone you think the work will inform and inspire.

Report: “You Only Pray that Somebody Would Step In”
Despite apparent breakthroughs, such as the passage of the Elder Justice Act in 2010, the issue of elder abuse remains low on the list of public priorities. A new report from the FrameWorks Institute, "You Only Pray that Somebody Would Step In": Mapping the Gaps Between Expert and Public Understandings of Elder Abuse in America, analyzes how members of the public think about elder abuse and compares these patterns of thinking to the views of issue experts. The project is supported by Grantmakers In Aging with funding from Archstone Foundation and The John A. Hartford Foundations. Read the report here.

WHCOA Releases its Final Report for 2015
On December 29, the Obama Administration released its final report for the 2015 White House Conference on Aging. In the blog post announcing the report, Cecilia Munoz, Director of the Domestic Policy Council, recapped the events of the year that helped inform and fuel the conversations around aging in America. Key points of the report include new rules proposed by the government that would impact the health and well-being of older adults, as well as initiatives made by the nonprofit sector to improve our communities, particularly with regard to aging. You can read the full report 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.
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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