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The devastation from Typhoon Haiyan is widespread, but, as in many natural disasters, older people have been disproportionately hurt. More than a million older Filipinos have been affected or displaced. In the regions where victims' ages are known, one out of three people who died were over the age of 60, even though they represented less than one tenth of the population. At Grantmakers In Aging, we know these challenges all too well. In 2005, we raised $4.87 million to rebuild services for older adults following Hurricane Katrina (when older adults made up 70 percent of the victims.) So why are disaster-related death rates so much higher for older adults?

In his blog on The Huffington Post, GIA CEO John Feather recently addressed this question, explaining why it happens and how we can prevent it after future disasters. You can read the blog post here. And if you would like to help those affected by Haiyan, especially older people affected by the storm, you can donate to HelpAge International, a leading charity focused on the elderly.

Thanks again for your continued support over the years. We hope you had a happy holiday season and look forward to working with all of you in 2014 to improve the experience of aging for older adults in the United States and around the world.

2014 Annual Conference
Help shape the 2014 Annual Conference Program Content
The 2014 GIA Annual Conference will be held in San Francisco, CA, October 22-24, and 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 San Francisco in mid- to late-April. Attendance in person is not mandatory, but highly beneficial.

Read a detailed description of the responsibilities of the Program Planning Committee.

If you would like to volunteer, please email Darla Minnich or call her at 937.681.5213. Thank you for your consideration.

Community AGEnda Update
In December, American City and County magazine, which serves an audience of city, county, and state officials who are charged with developing and implementing government policy, programs, and projects, profiled Community AGEnda. The article quotes John Feather, CEO of Grantmakers in Aging, Cathy Boyer-Shesol, Kansas City Communities for All Ages project manager, and Dr. Philip Stafford, director of the Center on Aging and Community of the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community. Read the article here.

2014 New Partners Conference in Denver
GIA is pleased to be a co-sponsor of the 2014 New Partners Conference, which will be held February 13-15, 2014, in Denver, one of the nation’s most walkable and bike-friendly cities. The 13th annual New Partners conference will explore practical strategies for identifying and overcoming barriers to more sustainable development in the Rockies and the rest of the nation. Learn more about the latest in smart growth, including the latest research, cutting-edge implementation tools and techniques, best practices, model projects, policies and codes, and new partners. Most importantly, this dynamic event offers you the opportunity to network and coordinate with your peers as well as practitioners from many different disciplines. Download a conference brochure here.

Conversations with GIA
The next Conversations with GIA, Training the Aging Services Field to Provide LGBT Culturally Competent Care is scheduled for Tuesday, January 21, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. Eastern (11:00 a.m. Pacific). Michael Adams, Executive Director, and Hilary Meyer, Director of National Programs Executive Director, Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE), will discuss how SAGE has helped aging services providers enhance their cultural competence in working with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults. They will also review SAGE’s innovative plans to leverage available resources to scale up the training and consumer education program to have broad, culture-changing impact.

Special thanks to our sponsors, The John A. Hartford Foundation and The California Wellness Foundation.

PLEASE NOTE: CEUs are not available for this session.

Click here to register for the January 21 webinar. This free program is open to all grantmakers. ASA is producing this event and will host the recorded program for access by GIA members.

And if you missed recent webinars in the series, you can still view screencasts of each:

Why the Affordable Care Act Matters to Diverse Older People, with Yanira Cruz, President and CEO of the National Hispanic Council on Aging in Washington, D.C., and Michael Adams, Executive Director of Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) in New York. From November 6, 2013. Click here to view.

Strange Partnerships: Bringing Together New Resources to Meet Critical Community Needs, with Ellie Hollander, President and CEO of the Meals on Wheels Association of America, and Thom Reilly, Executive Director of the Caesars Foundation. From September 27, 2013. Click here to view.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development's Policy Priority on Housing and Services, with Jennifer Ho, Senior Advisor on Housing and Services, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. From September 16, 2013. Click here to view.

The Retirement Income Crisis and Social Security: Creating Story-Warriors to Win the Fight, with Stacey Easterling, Program Executive with the Atlantic Philanthropies, Nancy Altman, Founding Co-Director of Social Security Works, Eric Kingston, Founding Co-Director of Social Security Works, and Ben Veghte, Research Director, at Social Security Works. From August 12, 2013. Click here to view. You can access the video referenced at the 00:34:14 mark of the video at this link.

Grants and Awards
New Grants Support Strategies to Shape Policy and Develop Models of Care
The Hartford Foundation Board of Trustees has approved three grants totaling $1.8 million that seek to identify potential policy improvements targeting older adults with complex and costly care needs; widely disseminate research, analysis, and commentary on innovative health care models; and develop a new model of primary care for testing and evaluation that supports a patient-centered approach to the care of older adults with complex, chronic conditions.

Each of the grants supports the Foundation’s new “downstream” strategy for grantmaking focused on putting geriatrics research and knowledge into practice to change health care delivery for older adults. Read more here.

Aging News
The 7th Annual Positive Aging Conference, hosted by Institute for the Ages, Will Be Held February 9
The 7th Annual Positive Aging Conference will take place Sunday, February 9 to Wednesday, February 12, 2014, in Sarasota, Florida. Six keynote presentations will be bracketed by Marc Freedman,, who will be delivering the opening keynote, “The Generativity Revolution: A New Movement of Americans in the Second Half of Life” and Susan Stamberg, renowned NPR All Things Considered radio journalist, who will deliver the Gala Dinner Keynote, “Live and Learn.”

The Patterson Foundation will be hosting a “foundation-only” gathering, so please contact Debra Jacobs if you will be attending. You can also view the conference program here. Or register for the event here.

New Issue Brief Published on the GIA Website
The U.S. Department of Commerce projects a 67 percent increase in older worker participation in the workforce between 2015 and 2040, with older workers comprising 21 percent of the labor force by 2040. GIA recently published an in-depth exploration of this topic, written by Phyllis Snyder, Vice President, Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, on its website. The issue brief outlines the challenges posed by an aging workforce and provides a list of helpful resources, as well as organizations focused on workforce issues for older adults.

Conversations with GIA: Training the Aging Services Field to Provide LGBT Culturally Competent Care
January 21, 2014
Register here.

7th Annual International Conference on Positive Aging
February 9-12, 2014
Sarasota, FL
Register here.

13th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth
February 13-15, 2014
Denver, CO

2014 GIA Annual Conference
October 22-24, 2014
San Francisco, CA

The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham recently announced that Chris Nanni will be taking over as the organization’s president and CEO starting February 17. Chris leaves the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County, where he served as VP, Program. He has also served on the GIA Annual Conference Program Planning Committee in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Report: The Readiness Review Process for Care Coordination and Provider Network Adequacy in Five States
Care coordination and provider network adequacy are essential components of the delivery of safe, high quality managed long-term services and supports (LTSS). Through interviews with Medicaid officials in Arizona, Minnesota, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin, the AARP Public Policy Institute identified themes related to how these states ensure that managed care organizations are ready to provide these two components of managed LTSS before they begin enrolling vulnerable consumers. Read the report.

Brief: California's Behavioral Health System
The SCAN Foundation has released the latest offering in its Long-Term Care Fundamentals series, describing the organization and financing of long-term care in California. This brief provides background on the state's behavioral health system, changes under the Affordable Care Act, and integration initiatives for those eligible for Medicare and Medicaid that are re-shaping current delivery systems with the intention of expanding access and improving services. Read the brief.

Online Tool: Give Older Adults an EconomicCheckUp®
NCOA recently launched EconomicCheckUp®, a new online tool that helps low- to middle-income older adults get a handle on their financial situation. By answering a few simple questions, older adults can learn how to find employment and benefits, better manage their budget, save money, and set financial goals. Explore EconomicCheckUp 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.

On Twitter, we’re celebrating our 1,000th follower. Thanks to the National Library of Medicine's newsletter for caregivers and to all of the individuals and organizations that have networked with us. We’d like to follow you on Twitter, and have you follow us, too, at

And don’t forget to connect with GIA on LinkedIn.

Submit Your News, Events, and Story Ideas to Aging Matters
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Arlington, VA 22202
Phone 703.413.0413

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