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::: May 2016

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GIA MemberFROM JOHN FEATHER
GIA CEO John Feather is in Los Angeles this week in support of the launch of a new report from the Milken Institute, “The Future of Aging: Realizing the Potential of Longevity.” Among the 22 noted thought leaders contributing to the report are Robin Mockenhaupt, a GIA member and Chief of Staff for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (“Optimal Health for the Elderly”) and Trent Stamp, CEO of The Eisner Foundation (“Intergenerational Solutions Are Not Just Nice, but Necessary”). Other authors include Mark Freedman, founder and CEO of Encore.org, Joseph Coughlin, Director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology AgeLab, and Henry Cisneros, the former HUD secretary, all of whom have spoken at past GIA meetings. Read the entire collection here.


 
GIA Member NEWS FOR AND FROM OUR MEMBERS
The Commonwealth Fund's Annual Report is now Available
A major contributor to GIA's success, The Commonwealth Fund, has released their 2015 annual report. For almost 100 years, the Fund has been "focused on creating a high performance health system for all Americans," according to president David Blumenthal, M.D., and last year was no different. Read their full annual report here.


Jennie Smith-Peers Announced as NCCA’s New Executive Director
The National Center for Creative Aging has announced that Jennie Smith-Peers will be their new Executive Director as of August 1, 2016. Smith-Peers has led Elders Share the Arts (ESTA) for the past five years and has directed programs such as Legacy Art Works, which is replicated around this country and in other parts of the world. Click here to read the full press release.

Retirement Research Foundation Accepting Grant Applications
GIA member Retirement Research Foundation is accepting applications for capacity-building grants from nonprofits in specific Illinois counties. The Standard OCB grants can be used for a number of initiatives. To learn more about the grant, eligibility, and application process, visit the complete RFP on the Philanthropy News Digest website.

Aroha Philanthropies: Seeding Artful Aging Initiative
Aroha Philanthropies, a leader in aging innovation, is launching a new national grant opportunity, “Seeding Artful Aging,” for nonprofit organizations that demonstrate a passion for engaging older adults in educational programs. There is a webinar for potential applicants on May 10 and preliminary applications are due June 1, 2016. Learn more here.
 
Jewish Healthcare Foundation Board of Trustees Approves Grants
As of April 29, the Jewish Healthcare Foundation (JHF) Board of Trustees approved grants totaling up to $165,000. The grants are meant to aid in holding a series of community conversations regarding senior services in western Pennsylvania, and to provide training and technical assistance to organizations that serve seniors, veterans, and people with disabilities. Read the full press release here.


 
GIA MemberCONFERENCE NEWS
2016 Annual Conference Postcards Arriving Soon
The GIA Annual Conference is fast approaching in October, and save-the-date postcards have been mailed to our members this week. Expect to receive printed programs for the Conference by mail in July.
 
A Thank You to Our Members and Sponsors
GIA would like to thank our members for submitting thoughtful proposals through our Call for Proposals, the members of the national program committee for traveling to Portland, and the Cambia Health Foundation for hosting the national program planning committee at their offices on April 29 while we conducted some meeting reconnaissance. A diverse range of topics were identified, and we saved ample time for networking.
 
GIA Confirms Keynote Speakers
We are proud to be hosting the only conference designed by funders for funders supporting aging-related programs, and we’re especially proud about the caliber of speakers our conference attracts. For 2016, we’re excited to announce our keynote speakers: Lynn Friss Feinberg, MSW, Senior Strategic Policy Advisor, AARP Public Policy Institute (sponsored by The John A. Hartford Foundation), and Betty Ferrell, PhD, MA, FAAN, FPCN, Director and Professor, Division of Nursing Research and Education, Department of Population Sciences, City of Hope (sponsored by Cambia Health Foundation).

Conference Highlights 2015
Highlights of the 2015 Annual Conference are now available. Click here to access a list of presentations, PowerPoints, ideas for funding, resources, and contact information. Many thanks to The SCAN Foundation, whose support helped make this online resource possible.
 

 
GIA MemberGIA INITIATIVES
Rural Aging in the New York Times
The New York Times published a piece recently on rural aging, “Alone on the Range, Seniors Often Lack Access to Health Care,” raising several issues that are addressed through GIA’s Rural Aging Initiative. Learn more about the Creating a Sustainable Network for the Rural Aging Movement project, supported by a grant from the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation.


 
GIA MemberUPCOMING WEBINARS
Elder Economic Disparity Webinar Covered in Sarasota Herald-Tribune
GIA’s April 22 webinar was mentioned in the Herald-Tribune health section, “Late-Life Money Worries Aren’t One-Size-Fits-All.” Reporter Barbara Peters Smith discusses how more adults over 60 are carrying financial burdens and includes comments from webinar presenter Ramsey Alwin, director of thought leadership for financial resilience at AARP, on how the level of debt many older adults are carrying into retirement is growing at an alarming rate.
 
Mark your calendar for our upcoming webinars:

Holocaust Survivors: June 6, 2-3 pm ET

Age-Friendly Communities: The Economic Case: July 20, 2-3 pm ET

(More information will be posted on our website ASAP.)

::: Missed a webinar? Archives of GIA webinars can be found on our website.



GIA Member
ANNOUNCEMENTS
Have you tried the new GIA members-only portal? It’s a great way to stay connected with GIA and to share information with our members. If you are a GIA member, you should have received an email with temporary credentials. If you didn't get the email, or if you have any questions, comments or need technical support, please feel free to contact Maria Gonzales-Jackson, Director of Membership and Programs.
 
Rachael Watman Announced as the New Rita and Alex Hillman Foundation Vice President of Programs
President Terry Fulmer and Senior Program Officer Rachael Watman have announced that after 13 productive years with The John A. Hartford Foundation, Watman has decided to take on an opportunity as Vice President of Programs at the Rita and Alex Hillman Foundation effective May 2, 2016. Watman has successfully led The John A. Hartford Foundation Geriatric Nursing Initiative and the development of programs that advance the mission of the Foundation, including the Change AGEnts initiative and the recently approved Serious Illness and End-of-Life Care collaborative.

GIA MemberRESOURCES
Poll: End-of-Life and Advance Care Planning
A recent poll supported by The John A. Hartford Foundation, the California Health Care Foundation, and Cambia Health Foundation seeks to answer the question, “What’s Preventing Physicians from Talking with Patients about End-of-Life and Advance Care Planning?” Click here to read the results.

The John A. Hartford Foundation Change AGEnts Issue Briefs:
Acute Care

In its 5th issue brief, The John A. Hartford Foundation explores some of the challenges and possible solutions when considering acute care for older adults. Read the full issue brief here.

Institutional Long-Term Care
The Foundation’s 6th issue brief discusses problems within the institutional long-term care system and ways to improve care quality, staffing concerns, and payment issues. Read the full issue brief here.
 
Public Policy Long-Term Care Update: The Dual Pressures of Family Caregiving and Employment
Balancing a job and caring for an adult family member with a serious illness or disability is a growing reality for working families and employers in today's workplace. Using data from the Caregiving in the U.S. 2015 survey, this report by Lynn Friss Feinberg of the AARP Public Policy Institute highlights current information about the impacts of the dual responsibilities of paid work and family caregiving.


GIA MemberIMPORTANT DATES
Mark your calendar and join GIA at these upcoming online and in-person events. Please note that some events require advance registration.
 
:::June 6, 2-3 pm ET
Webinar: Holocaust Survivors
 
:::June 21-23
IFA Global Conference 2016: Disasters in an Ageing World
Brisbane, Australia

:::July 20, 2-3 pm ET
Webinar: Age-Friendly Communities: The Economic Case
 
:::October 26-28
GIA Annual Conference in Portland, OR

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