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April 30, 2015
You have no doubt heard about the powerful earthquake, measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale, that struck the heart of Nepal on the morning of Saturday, April 25th. The death toll has risen to almost 6,000 and is expected to continue rising, perhaps as high as 10,000. Thousands have been stranded under rubble or with no shelter. Older people are disproportionately affected by natural disasters, often because they cannot flee and are more vulnerable to injury; of the six million people estimated to have been affected by the earthquake, around 600,000 are likely to be over 60.  

Two important organizations are working to help bring relief to these older survivors of the earthquake. HelpAge USA, an organization that works to protect the rights and well-being of older people around the globe, is working to bring emergency relief to older Nepalese who are suffering from the effects and aftereffects of the earthquake. In an environment in which buildings are flattened, hospitals are overwhelmed, and aftershocks are keeping thousands sleeping outside on the streets, HelpAge is working to secure emergency shelter, food, and drinking water for older survivors.
AARP Foundation has created a relief fund to help the victims of this disaster, especially those who are older and more vulnerable. To respond to the immediate needs of older people in the region, AARP and AARP Foundation are offering a dollar-to-dollar match for contributions up to $225,000. AARP Foundation will work with international relief organizations to deliver aid to victims of this disaster, with all funds raised going to organizations operating on the ground in the region.
Please consider supporting these organizations in their efforts to aid older people in desperate need. You can read more about HelpAge's work in Nepal here, and donate to their efforts here. And to read about and donate to AARP's efforts, click here.

Annual Conference News
Now 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, D.C. region, are given the opportunity to present their research, expand their professional networks, and contribute to the conference proceedings. Nominations must be submitted to Darla Minnich at by July 10th, 2015. To read more about the GIA Fellows Program and find specifics on the nomination process, click here.

2015 Conference Planning
We are pleased to announce that Ai-jen Poo, director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance and co-director of Caring Across Generations, will be a keynote speaker at the 2015 GIA Conference, to be held October 28–30 at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel in Washington, D.C. Conference attendees will receive a copy of her book The Age of Dignity: Preparing for the Elder Boom in a Changing America. 

We have received a wealth of innovative, interactive session proposals for the October conference. Many thanks to the members who submitted these thoughtful proposals for consideration by the Program Planning Committee, which met last week to make final selections for inclusions in the conference. Stay tuned for more information on the dynamic programs to be delivered in a variety of platforms this fall at GIA. Conference registration information will be coming your way in early summer.
Community AGEnda News
Intergenerational Selfies: #GenTogether 
The winners are in! Community AGEnda’s #GenTogether social media campaign drew so many great examples of intergenerational selfies and other photos, it was a real challenge to select winners. But we did manage to pick out a few that we thought everyone would want to see — check them out here. And remember — you can still contribute your intergenerational photos! Connect and share the moment. It might just make your day, and theirs.  
Check out the latest #GenTogether selfies, read John Feather's Huffington Post blog piece on reducing social isolation to protect the health of older adults, check out a nice AARP blog post about the campaign and visit the GIA site to learn how you, your family and friends, or your organization can participate!

Funders for Age-Friendly Communities
Supported by the Pfizer Foundation and United Way Worldwide, the goal of GIA’s Funders for Age-Friendly Communities is to mobilize grantmakers across the country to create good places to grow older. Wondering what to fund to bring lasting change that makes your community a better place to grow older? Join us for our next webinar:

Thursday, July 9, 2015, 2:00–3:00 pm ET
Finding the Best Lead Agency to Make Your Community Age-Friendly
This webinar 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. 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. 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, please join us! To register, click here or contact us here.

Couldn't make the April 13 webinar, Sustainable Changes to Make Your Community Age-Friendly: What’s Possible? You can download and view it here.
Conversations with GIA
Tuesday, May 5, 2:00 pm ET
FrameWorks Webinar: Reframing the Conversation About Aging in America
The FrameWorks Institute, which works to advance the communications capacity of nonprofit organizations through framing and storytelling, is working on a project designed to reframe our public conversation about aging. In this webinar, senior FrameWorks researchers will describe the project’s goals and activities to date, and will present an expert "untranslated story" that can help us in the aging field communicate with the public and policy makers. They will also present insights they have gleaned, based on the first six months of the study, about the deep cultural understandings underlying the public's approach to aging issues and the ways both the media and aging advocates tend to frame these issues. A primary aim of the project is to locate the key communications challenges in public discourse about aging, and identify and build upon strategic opportunities for reframing the conversation. The webinar will conclude with a short discussion of the next steps in the project and a period for questions and comments about the project and its research.

Presenters: Laura Robbins, Laura Robbins Consulting, LLC; Nat Kendall-Taylor, Vice President for Research, Frame
Works Institute; and Moira O'Neil, Senior Researcher and Associate Director of Interpretation, FrameWorks Institute
Moderator: John Feather, CEO, Grantmakers In Aging

We hope you can join us! Register for this webinar here.
Wednesday, May 20, 2:00–3:00 p.m. ET 
Aging and Homelessness
Seniors and older adults experiencing homelessness are often a forgotten population. In this webinar, we will hear about the current framework for working with this population, explore the ways in which systems serving seniors can work better together, and discuss the funder’s role in ending and preventing homelessness for older adults.
Presenters: Peggy Bailey, Director of Health Systems Integration, Corporation for Supportive Housing; Nancy Sasaki, Executive Director, Alliance Healthcare Foundation; and Amy Kleine, Program Director, The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation
Moderator: John Feather, CEO, Grantmakers in Aging (GIA)

Please join us! Register for this webinar here
In the meantime, if you missed recent webinars in the series, you can still view screencasts of each:
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. 
Financing Innovation —The LeverAge Program and GIA's Partnership Role. A webinar detailing a new national financing program designed to assist in the expansion of affordable aging services, senior housing models and emerging aging innovations. From December 17, 2014. Click here to view.
Aging and Mental Health. With Rush University Medical Center’s Robyn Golden, MA, LCSW (Director of Health and Aging) and Kate Krajci, MA, LCSW (Coordinator, Mental Health Services of Health and Aging), and Mary O’Donnell, Senior Program Officer at The Retirement Research Foundation. From November 10, 2014. Click here to view.
FrameWorks Webinar: Reframing the Conversation About Aging in America
Tuesday, May 5, 2:00 pm–3:00 pm ET. Register for this webinar.
Finding the Best Lead Agency to Make Your Community Age-Friendly
Thursday, July 9, 2015, 2:00–3:00 pm ET. Register for this webinar.

2015 GIA Annual Conference
October 28–30, 2015
Willard Intercontinental Hotel
Washington, D.C.
Member News
Susan Althans Joins the McGregor Foundation
Susan O. Althans has joined McGregor as Director of Philanthropy and Secretary to the Board. On May 1st, McGregor will assume responsibility “in house” for the administration of our grants under Susan’s leadership. Susan’s joining the Foundation serves testimony to the growing importance of grantmaking to McGregor’s mission. Visit the Foundation’s website for more information about their grant programs and online application procedures.
Tufts Health Plan Foundation Appoints New President Nora Moreno Cargie 
Moreno joined Tufts Health Plan one year ago as Executive Director of the Foundation and Vice President of Corporate Citizenship. As president, Moreno Cargie will be responsible for leading the Foundation’s work in healthy living with an emphasis on older adults. She continues in her role as Vice President of Corporate Citizenship where she works with leadership to leverage the health plan’s business practices, products, services and community engagement strategies, including corporate sponsorships and employee volunteerism, to make our communities stronger. Read more here.
Aging News
The April edition of The Atlantic Monthly has a story about The Green House Project a new model for nursing homes that emphasizes the “home.” The innovative Leonard Florence Center for Living in Chelsea, MA is the first facility to embody this model, and The Green House Project hopes to use its success to transform nursing homes across the country. One resident of the Leonard Florence Center says, “This is not a nursing home with residential trappings. It’s my home that happens to provide skilled nursing services.” Read the full story here
May is Older Americans Month
Every year, the Administration for Community Living, an organization of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, celebrates Older Americans Month to recognize older Americans for their contributions to the nation. This year, in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Older Americans Act, the theme is Get Into the Act. The focus is on how older adults are taking charge of their health, getting engaged in their communities, and making a positive impact on the lives of others. If you'd like to observe Older Americans Month in your community, visit the Get Into the Act site to find posters, logos, sample articles and other resources.
Grantmakers In Aging Releases New Video
We're pleased to announce the release of our new video, Building Age-Friendly Communities. Check it out here.
White House Conference on Aging Begins Issuing Policy Briefs
On April 10, the White House Conference on Aging (WHCOA) released a policy brief on Healthy Aging, a key focus area for the 2015 Conference. Research has shown that older adults who take advantage of screenings and other preventive health services; adopt healthy behaviors, and are involved with their family, friends, and communities are healthier and more independent. And older Americans are calling for a shift in the way we think and talk about aging. Rather than focusing on the limitations of aging, older adults across the nation want to focus instead on the opportunities of aging. Older adults are seeking ways to maximize their physical, mental, and social well-being to remain independent and active as they age. Read the entire WHCOA Policy Brief here, and visit the WHCOA blog to participate in the conversation on age-related issues. 

AARP Live Streams WHCOA Regional Forums
The regional forums are designed to help provide input and ideas for the national 2015 White House Conference on Aging, held in Washington, D.C., later this year. Regional forum participation is by invitation, but AARP will live stream each regional event. The next regional event is on May 28, 2015 in Boston. AARP is also rebroadcasting previous regional events. You can watch on the AARP website.
Report: Savings Expected from Slowdown in Medicare Spending
AARP Releases Lists of Most Livable Places at 50+
To compile the lists, AARP Public Policy Institute surveyed 4,500 Americans age 50 and older, determining the aspects of a community that most matters to them. They also used their new Livability Index tool for quantitative measurements. Here are the six lists for Most Livable Places.
Social Networking 
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