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September 1, 2015
It’s almost Labor Day, which means most people are thinking about summer-closing picnics and weekend getaways. But at GIA, Labor Day marks the beginning of the final stretch as we sprint toward the annual conference, taking place this year in Washington DC, October 28 to 30.

The program committee has worked to create a dynamic and engaging conference to support this year’s theme: “Soaring Into the Future: Seeking New Horizons in Aging and Philanthropy.” You’ll find a combination of interactive workshops, research presentations, and off-site visits to stimulate new ideas and rejuvenate your aging and philanthropy agenda. You’ll also enjoy a wealth of networking opportunities that let you connect with colleagues and thought leaders — plus informal time to socialize and enjoy the Washington DC attractions. The conference provides an ideal venue for new staff members and trustees who want to introduce themselves to the conference experience and engage with leaders in the field.

We'll be sharing information about the conference and the sessions on Twitter. Follow GIA on Twitter, and when you tweet about the conference this year, use the hashtag #GIAging15.

Please visit the GIA website where you can register for the conference, check out the program brochure, and start planning your travel.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email Darla Minnich or call her at (937) 681-5213
Annual Conference News
New Session Added: The Meeting Before the Conference
GIA is especially pleased to announce the addition of an auxiliary meeting prior to the conference activities. It's a great opportunity to extend the conference and add even more value to the experience.

AMP Philanthropy Network – Working Meeting (October 28 – 8:00 am to 11:30 am)
The AMP Philanthropy Network is a new rapid-cycle innovation collaborative comprised of grantmakers who are participating in multi-community, research and demonstration initiatives to develop and scale the Aging Mastery Program® (AMP). AMP is a fun, exciting, and fast-growing community-based initiative to change the way that baby boomers and older adults live. Currently there are 15 funders involved in supporting AMP programs in 120+ communities and more are expected to join in the coming months. Learn more about AMP here.

8:00am – 10:30am (breakfast included) Working meeting of current AMP funders focused on: 1) highlighting local innovations of national significance; 2) fostering strategic collaboration, communication, and creative approaches to program development; and 3) tackling key issues related to sustainability and scale. Pre-registration is required.

10:30am – 11:30am Informational meeting for other grant makers. Hear from current grantmakers about their involvement with AMP and the AMP Philanthropy Network and learn about opportunities to bring AMP to your community. (No arm twisting!) Pre-registration is requested, but not required.

All registrants are invited to attend. If you’re interested, please RSVP to Darla Minnich.
Community AGEnda News
Relatively few communities across the U.S. have age-friendly initiatives already underway, but these efforts are still untouched by many towns and cities across our nation. Next Avenue investigates what may be holding these communities back, from political leadership to budgets and even local interests. Grantmakers In Aging's own Community AGEnda program, along with AARP and the World Health Organization's networks of age-friendly communities, are featured in this post on the Next Avenue site.

Member News
Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation Releases Annual Report
Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation recently shared their Interactive Annual Report for 2014-15, and celebrated 18 years of “Chai Impact” grantmaking. The report includes grants listing, financial statements and a stewardship letter, as well as a video detailing their grantmaking philosophy. You can view the report here. Congratulations to Mt. Sinai for a great 18 years, and here’s to another 18 improving the greater Cleveland Community.

The John A. Hartford Foundation Publishes Online Annual Report
The John A. Hartford Foundation has published its 2014 Annual Report: Creating Change Every Day. This report features the Hartford Change AGEnts Initiative, which accelerates sustained practice change that improves the health of older Americans, their families, and communities by harnessing the collective strengths, resources, and expertise of the Foundation’s interprofessional community of more than 3,000 scholars, clinicians, and health system leaders. For more information on the interactive, web-based version of the annual report, see this post on the Health AGEnda blog.

CEA Foundation Announces New Video Contest
On Monday, August 17, 2015, CEA launched a new video contest that will highlight the startup companies making a difference in the lives of seniors and people with disabilities. Startup companies compete by entering a short video (three minutes or less) for one of five prizes, which include a booth in Eureka Park during CES 2016 and $2,500. Videos will be judged based on the ability of the technology they show to improve the lives of seniors and people with disabilities, engineering qualities, and aesthetic and design qualities. Videos need to be less than three minutes long and submitted prior to 11:59:59 Eastern Time on September 18th. Full details including the complete contest rules and entry form can be found here.

Funders for Age-Friendly Communities
Monday, September 28, 2015, 2:00–3:00 pm ET 
Better Transportation for Older Adults
Attention, foundations or other funders, such as AAA, UJA-Federation, United Way, or government agency! Want to learn how to improve transportation for older adults in your community? Four presenters will share their experience leveraging private and public grant dollars to cause lasting change in transportation and mobility options for older residents of differing physical abilities — from public transportation to ride shares, walking, taxis, and more.

Renee Ray of Atlanta Regional Commission; Amy St. Peter of Maricopa Association of Governments in Phoenix; Cathy Boyer-Shesol of Mid-America Regional Council in Kansas City; and Isabel Rovira of Urban Health Solutions in Miami.

John Feather, CEO of Grantmakers In Aging.
To register, click here or contact us here.

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 
Making a Difference in Addressing the Graying of HIV and AIDS
Join SAGE, Grantmakers In Aging, Funders Concerned about AIDS, Funders for LGBTQ Issues, and Grantmakers In Health for an informative webinar on HIV and aging, September 21, 2015, 2-3PM ET.

This webinar will provide an overview of the changing face of HIV and aging, including how HIV manifests among older adults, with a particular emphasis on its impact on diverse racial, ethnic, and geographical communities across the country. It will explore how funders and their community partners are already making a difference in this space, including what interventions have been most effective in addressing health disparities and what additional strategies are needed to improve outcomes for older people affected by HIV. The webinar will also delve into how these issues play out at the federal policy level, tying policy change back to the lived experiences of older people and the most effective “on the ground” interventions in communities across the country.

Presenters: John Barnes, Executive Director, Funders Concerned about AIDS; Michael Adams, Executive Director, Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE); and Kristina Gray, Program Director, Grantmakers In Health (GIH).

Moderator: John Feather, CEO, Grantmakers In Aging

Register: Click here to register for the webinar.

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.
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.
Supporting Military/Veteran Caregivers: An Aging Services Perspective. 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. From June 9, 2015. Click here to view.

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. From May 5, 2015. Click here to view.


Conversations with GIA: Making a Difference in Addressing the Graying of HIV and AIDS
September 21, 2015
2:00-3:00 pm ET
Register here.

Better Transportation for Older Adults
September 28, 2015
2:00–3:00 pm ET
2015 GIA Annual Conference
October 28–30, 2015
Willard Intercontinental Hotel
Washington DC 
The IFA Global Conference 2016: Disasters in an Ageing World 
The International Federation on Ageing will hold its 13th Global Conference in Brisbane, Australia, from June 21 to June 23, 2016. It will be a seminal age-friendly event that enables decision makers, practitioners, researchers, service providers, and community members to share their experiences to support rapidly aging populations worldwide. The central theme of the 13th IFA Conference will be on natural and human-induced disasters and health emergencies in an aging world. While there is a focus on disasters in an aging world, the conference will cover the broad range of age-related issues. Learn more on IFA's conference site.
Martha Montag Brown & Associates, LLC, Seeks Director of Communications for The SCAN Foundation
Martha Montag Brown & Associates, LLC is recruiting a new Director of Communications for The SCAN Foundation in Long Beach, CA. The SCAN Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) public charity devoted to transforming care for older adults in ways that preserve dignity and encourage independence. The Foundation envisions a future where high-quality, affordable health care and supports for daily living are delivered on each person’s own terms, according to that individual’s needs, values, and preferences. A minimum bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism or related field is required (master’s preferred). A detailed job description can be found here.

The Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers Seeks New CEO
The Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers announced that they have launched the search for their new CEO. The successful candidate would be a passionate, dynamic, and visionary leader as the Forum explores ways to increase its capacity to serve as a navigator, broker, and connector within the field. Please share this announcement with your networks and post on your website if appropriate. Feel free to contact Mary O’Neill with any questions about the position or the Forum in general.

Study: Effects of Illness-related Stress Increase with Age
A recent study by the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm finds that stress increases with age for those in poor health. Adults aged 66 to 97 were included in the research and revealed that high stress was most commonly found in the eldest participants. To understand the connection between stress and ageing, the Institute focused on older adults without dementia or cognitive decline who were living either in the community or in nursing homes or other institutional facilities. Read more.

Survey: National Priorities for Dementia Care: Perspectives of Persons Living with Dementia and their Care Partners
A recent survey regarding the way funds from the National Alzheimer's Project Act (NAPA) should be spent found that the majority of respondents ranked caregiving support ahead of research for a cure. The findings sharply contrast current NAPA spending on support to those with Alzheimer’s disease. With more than five million people in the U.S. living with dementia, support dollars equal less than $2 per patient. The survey was part of a study led by University of Buffalo researcher Davina Porock.

Linkage Lab Resources
The goal of the Linkage Lab is to prepare community-based organizations (CBOs) seeking to deliver care coordination services for effective partnership with health care entities (e.g., health plans, hospitals) through structured management education and on-site technical assistance. A new suite of resources is now available as part of this program. Please read these and other valuable resources on the Linkage Lab Initiative page of The SCAN Foundation website.
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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