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June 2, 2015
Summer is nearly upon us — or as we here at GIA tend to think of it, conference planning season. Even as we get outdoors and enjoy the balmy weather, we’re already heavy into preparations for our 2015 conference at the Willard Intercontinental in Washington, DC. This fall’s event, “Soaring Into the Future,” promises to be one of our best ever, and we’re excited to see it starting to take shape.

One conference event that we’re particularly looking forward to is the awarding of the 2015 GIA Diversity Award, given each year to the organization that has most wholeheartedly and effectively embraced diversity in their work on aging. This award is especially meaningful to us because it expresses the importance that we place on diversity, which we hold as a core value. Our vision of a better society for older adults only has meaning if it’s open to all groups and all members of that society, regardless of any differences that might divide them.

If you know of an organization whose work is helping to bring about that vision of healthier, better aging for all older adults, please let us know! Come to our website for more information about the Diversity Award and to download a nomination form. Nominations are due to Darla Minnich by July 10. On the site, you’ll also find a summary of the nomination instructions that you can send to interested colleagues or grantees. Spread the word and help celebrate commitment to diversity!
Annual Conference News
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 by July 10th, 2015. To read more about the GIA Fellows Program and find specifics on the nomination process, click here
Community AGEnda News
IFA Webinar: Walking the Age-Friendly Talk — Case Studies
The International Federation on Ageing is collaborating with GIA to present a webinar series of case study presentations from four individual age-friendly programs, highlighting successes, tools developed, and barriers that have been overcome. The webinar, which will be held on Tuesday, June 2, at 11:00 am ET, is designed for cities, communities, private sector firms, and NGOs that already have a sound understanding of the ideology and development of an age-friendly program, and want to gain further insights from colleagues in the field. To learn more and register for the webinar, click here.

IFA Global Conference 2016: Disasters in an Ageing World 
IFA 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. We will explore risk reduction, readiness, resilience, response, and recovery with the goal of learning to design and establish more age-friendly, disaster-prepared communities. Learn more on IFA’s conference site.
Funders for Age-Friendly Communities
Wondering what to fund to bring lasting change that makes your community a better place to grow older? If you are a foundation or other funder, such as AAA, UJA, United Way, or a government agency, we invite you to attend this July webinar that will help you choose the best organization to lead and coordinate an age-friendly initiative in your community. To register, click here or email us here. 
Thursday, July 9, 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.
This webinar was designed by Funders for Age-Friendly Communities, a GIA initiative supported with grants from Pfizer Foundation and United Way Worldwide.
Conversations with GIA
Tuesday, June 9, 2:00 pm ET
Supporting Military/Veteran Caregivers: An Aging Services Perspective
There are 5.5 million caregivers supporting our nation’s wounded warriors. With the rapidly growing population of Vietnam Era veterans ages 65 years and older, as well as parents and grandparents now supporting those injured in Iraq and Afghanistan, this is increasingly a concern for the broader aging network. 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. 
Presenters: Jed Johnson, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at Easter Seals; Steve Schwab, Executive Director of the Elizabeth Dole Foundation
Moderator: John Feather, CEO, Grantmakers In Aging
Please join us! Register for this webinar here.  
If you missed recent webinars in the series, you can still view screencasts of each:
  • Homelessness and Aging. This webinar explores the ways in which systems serving seniors can work better together and the funder’s role in ending and preventing homelessness for older adults. From May 20, 2015. Download the slides here.
  • Reframing Aging: Understanding and Changing the Way Americans Think About Aging. This webinar, presented by the Frameworks Institute, presents preliminary results from a project designed to reframe our public conversation about aging. Click here to view.
  • Future of Nursing. A webinar focusing 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.
IFA Webinar: Walking the Age-Friendly Talk — Case Studies
Tuesday, June 2, 2015, 11:00 am ET.  
Supporting Military/Veteran Caregivers: An Aging Services Perspective Webinar
Tuesday, June 9, 2:00 pm ET. Register for this webinar.

Finding the Best Lead Agency to Make Your Community Age-Friendly. 
If you are a foundation or other funder, such as AAA, UJA, United Way, or a government agency, please join us for this July webinar that will help you choose the best organization to lead and coordinate an age-friendly initiative in your community.
Thursday, July 9, 2:00–3:00 p.m. ET. Register for this webinar.
2015 GIA Annual Conference
October 28–30, 2015
Willard Intercontinental Hotel
Washington, D.C.
IFA Global Conference 2016: Disasters in an Ageing World 
June 21—23, 2016

GIA News 
GIA Publishes New Issue Brief: Aging and the Eyes 
Aging-related vision changes affect everyday activities we take for granted: reading the mail, shopping, cooking, walking safely, driving, and discerning the faces of loved ones. This new issue brief examines the causes and impacts of aging-related vision impairment and addresses the areas in which funding is most needed to support new research. Read the full issue brief here.
White House Conference on Aging Policy Brief
The White House Conference on Aging (WHCOA) has released a policy paper on Elder Justice, a key focus area of the upcoming 2015 National Conference. The policy brief reviews three topics important to the aging community: the impact of elder abuse, responding to elder abuse, and federal efforts to address elder abuse. Read the full brief here. And don’t forget to follow the WHCOA Blog.
Research, Practice and Policy Perspectives on Evidence-Based Programming for Older Adults
Co-authored by Marcia G. Ory and Matthew Lee Smith, this Research Topic on evidence-based programming for older adults reflects decades of progress by researchers, practitioners, aging service providers, and policy makers working together to understand how to help older adults achieve optimal health and well-being. Such efforts have transformed successful aging from a theoretical concept into an achievable goal. Read more here.
Dr. Wesley Lum Joins NAPCA as President and CEO 
On April 1, 2015, after a nationwide search, Dr. Wesley Lum was chosen to be the new President and CEO of the National Asian Pacific Center On Aging (NAPCA), replacing Christine Takada, who stepped down after 10 years at the helm. Dr. Lum’s 20 years of experience in the fields of aging, health, social services, policy and advocacy, as well as extensive leadership experience, most recently as the Director of the Hawaii Executive Office on Aging, made him the clear choice for the position. Read more about Dr. Lum’s experience here.

Position Opening: Technical Officer in the Department of Ageing and Life Course, World Health Organization   
The World Health Organization (WHO) currently has a position open for a Technical Officer in its Ageing and Life Course Unit, to be stationed in Geneva, Switzerland. The position will manage key initiatives related to aging, including Age-Friendly World and the Network of Age-Friendly Cities and Communities. For this two-year renewable position, WHO seeks candidates who are knowledgeable on aging issues, with an educational background in public health, public policy, or urban planning and skills in international project management. To learn more, read the full position description hereWHO is accepting applications until June 16, 2015.
Social Networking
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