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October 1, 2015
Now that October is showing on our calendars, we feel justified in starting a final countdown to GIA’s 2015 Annual Conference. In fact, we’re just 28 days away from the big event, which will bring attendees inside the Beltway, to the Willard InterContinental in Washington DC, October 28–30. Our nation’s capital is already prickling with political excitement as the 2016 election approaches, and we hope to offer as much diversity as the field of candidates competing for a presidential nomination.

There’s something for every funder in the field and for everyone at all levels of an organization, including donors, consultants, staff, trustees, and directors — anyone who cares about older adults and understands how aging issues affect the whole spectrum of philanthropic priorities, from health and education to community and intergenerational issues.

And remember, even if your area of expertise is not represented specifically in the agenda, you can still participate by facilitating a roundtable, sharing your knowledge, generating awareness about an important issue or networking with experts, funders, thought leaders, and colleagues. And, of course, we need everyone to share 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.

It’s still not too late to register. Please visit the GIA website where you can register for the conference, check out the program brochure, and start planning your travel.

We look forward to seeing you soon. 
Aging News
National Health Policy Forum Session to Focus on the “Duals Demos” 
The Financial Alignment Initiative (FIA) demonstration authorized under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010 allows states to integrate Medicare and Medicaid financing streams and benefits for individuals eligible for both programs—the “duals.” Duals account for a disproportionate share of spending in both programs. The goal of the demonstration is to improve coordination between the two programs, leading to better outcomes for beneficiaries and lower costs. As of July, approximately 400,000 duals in 11 states were enrolled in a demonstration that employed either a capitated or managed fee-for-service approach. Protecting beneficiary rights and ensuring that high quality care is provided to those enrolled in the demos has been a priority for many in the aging philanthropy community. The John A. Hartford Foundation, the Atlantic Philanthropies, and other foundations have provided support for projects focused on the duals and other high-cost, high-need populations.

On October 30, 2015, the National Health Policy Forum, a non-partisan health policy group based at George Washington University, will provide an update on the duals demo for congressional and federal staff. The session will offer an overview of the program from the federal level, review the experience of one state in implementing its demonstration, discuss beneficiary concerns, and describe efforts to infuse geriatrics best practice into the demonstrations. Speakers include Tim Engelhardt, acting director of CMS’s Medicare-Medicaid Coordination Office, Karen E. Kimsey, MBA, deputy director for complex care services, Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services; Reneé Markus Hodin, JD, director of the Voices for Better Health program at Community Catalyst; and Gregg Warshaw, MD, clinical professor in the department of family medicine, University of North Carolina.

The session will take place at the Reserve Officers Association, 1 Constitution Avenue, NE, Washington, DC (across from the Dirksen Senate Office Building). Registration and lunch begin at 11:45 AM; the discussion will take place from 12:15 PM to 2:00 PM. To RSVP, please email your complete contact information or contact Sally Coberly, PhD, Deputy Director, NHPF.

Community AGEnda News
Lessons from Community AGEnda
Community AGEnda's leadership team recently blogged for ASA's Aging Today on Building Sustainable Age-friendly Communities: Lessons from Community AGEnda.
Talking about Age-Friendly Communities
Community AGEnda has also released new resource for anyone seeking help in building partnerships and alliances to forge a more age-friendly community. Explore “Talking about Age-Friendly Communities: A Toolkit from Community AGEnda” and learn how to create more effective messages, shape brochures and other materials, and frame your public communications campaigns more effectively.

Funders for Age-Friendly Communities
Learning Circle for Funders
Have you registered for the GIA annual conference in DC? On Friday, October 30, funders will gather over breakfast for an Age-Friendly Communities Learning Circle. Join us from 7:30 AM to 8:30 AM for a lively exchange about effective funding strategies. Share your experience and learn from colleagues who, for many years, have been creating communities that are good places to grow up and grow older. Moderator: Barbara R. Greenberg of GIA's Funders for Age-Friendly Communities and The Philanthropic Group.

Archive of Webinars for Funders
Webinars hosted by GIA's Funders for Age-Friendly Communities can be found in the archives on the GIA website, so check it out if you missed the September 28 webinar, Better Transportation for Older Adults. Also in the archives you will find webinars on strategies and tactics for selling the benefits of an age-friendly community, which government and planning organizations to choose as collaborators, sustainable changes that make a community age-friendly, and finding the best lead agency to make your community age-friendly.
Awards and Grants
The John A. Hartford Foundation Board of Trustees has approved three grants totaling more than $3.28 million to renew and expand work to ensure that the voices of older adults and aging-expert professionals are heard in the continuing debates over health care delivery; to develop quality measures and performance standards that support integrated, patient-centered, goal-based care that helps people to achieve their priority outcomes; and to continue the ReFraming Aging Initiative, which seeks to counter the pervasive negative beliefs about aging that are barriers to improving the care of older adults. Read more about the grants here.
Conversations with GIA 
GIA has two upcoming webinars in its Conversations with GIA series:

Strengthening the Gerontological Workforce
Join the Center for Aging & Disability Education & Research (CADER) at Boston University School of Social Work, the Suicide Prevention Program at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), and The John A. Hartford Foundation for an informative webinar on developing programs that improve services to older adults by enhancing workforce capacity on Monday, October 5, 2015, 2:00–3:00 PM EDT.

Discover how CADER’s online training program, provided to 125 Council on Aging staff, addressed the core knowledge and skills needed to effectively identify and respond to older adults with mental health and substance use concerns, to increase resilience, and to prevent suicide. Learn about how the Hartford–NASW Supervisory Leaders in Aging (SLA) program improves the delivery of health care and social services to older adults by strengthening the supervision of staff providing direct social services.

Presenters: Alan Holmlund, MSW, Director, Suicide Prevention Program, MA Dept. Public Health; Bronwyn Keefe, MSW, MPH, PhD, Associate Director, Center for Aging & Disability Education & Research at Boston University School of Social Work; Kathy Kuhn, MSW, Director of Workforce Development, Center for Aging & Disability Education & Research at Boston University School of Social Work; Nora OBrien-Suric, PhD, Senior Program Officer, The John A. Hartford Foundation; Barbara Silverstone, PhD, LCSW, Director and Co-investigator, SLA National Coordinating Center; and Joan Levy Zlotnik, PhD, ACSW, Principal Investigator, Hartford–NASW Supervisory Leaders in Aging Program.

Moderator: John Feather, PhD, CEO, GIA

Register: To register for this webinar, click here.

Intergenerational Solutions for Building Stronger Communities
Join Generations United to take a deeper look at the value of intergenerational communities — vibrant places that value, support, and engage all ages for the enduring benefit of all — on Wednesday, October 14, 2015, 2:00-3:00 PM EDT. This webinar will demonstrate how intentional, intergenerational solutions — including programs, policies, and practices — can improve outcomes for children, youth, and older adults and transform communities. Examine successful and innovative models for building “age-advantaged” communities and the role of funders and their community partners in expanding the impact of intergenerational connections.

Presenter: Donna Butts, Executive Director, Generations United

Moderator: John Feather, PhD, CEO, GIA

Register: To register for this webinar, click here.

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: Strengthening the Gerontological Workforce 
October 5, 2015
2:00–3:00 PM EDT
Register here.

Conversations with GIA: Intergenerational Solutions for Building Stronger Communities 
October 14, 2015
2:00–3:00 PM EDT
Register here
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: 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. Learn more on IFA's conference site.
GIA Board Nominations
Grantmakers In Aging seeks nominations for new members of the Board of Directors. Directors must be employed by, or be a member of the Board of Directors or Trustees of, a GIA member institution or grantmaking foundation. Self-nominations are welcome! Download the application form here.
Jobs Seeks VP for Encores for Youth is seeking a Vice President for its Encores for Youth (E4Y) Campaign. The successful candidate will lead an effort that will mobilize millions of Americans over 50 in service of vulnerable children and youth. This position will be based in San Francisco and will supervise a team of up to 10 employees in multiple cities, simultaneously overseeing significant work by outside contractors. For the full job description, click here.

The Paso del Norte Foundation Seeks Chief Executive Officer
The Paso del Norte Foundation, which promotes wellness and prevents sickness among the 2.4 million people living in El Paso and Hudspeth Counties in West Texas, Doña Ana, Luna, and Otero Counties in Southern New Mexico, and in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico, is seeking a CEO to lead its organization and affiliated foundations. This individual must have a minimum of seven years of strategic leadership and management experience at the executive level in nonprofit, business, government, and/or academic sectors. For more information and instructions to apply, click here.

Feedback Requested: World Report on Ageing and Health
The World Report on Ageing and Health summarizes the best available evidence on the way countries have developed policies and responded to the health of older people. It outlines a framework for action to foster Healthy Aging built around the new concept of functional ability. The WHO Director-General launched the report on September 30.

WHO is also preparing a Global Strategy and Action Plan on Ageing and Health. The Strategy, which is framed around the key areas for action identified in the World Report on Ageing and Health, is now available for consultation. WHO is looking for comments on the strategic objectives and proposed actions, including their importance, whether additional items should be considered, approaches to measure progress, and what contributions could be made by different stakeholders. WHO also has an email address where you can send additional comments.

Comments received by September 25 are already under consideration. Those received by October 30 will be reviewed for the final draft, which will be submitted to the WHO Executive Board by November 15.

New Issue Brief: Hospice and Palliative Care
Considered the model for quality compassionate care for people facing a life-limiting illness, hospice provides expert medical care, pain management, and emotional and spiritual support expressly tailored to the patient’s needs and wishes. Read more about the statistics concerning hospice care, as well as background on philanthropic organizations dedicated to ensuring high-quality palliative care on the GIA website.

Resource Center: Community-Based Palliative Care
This resource center provides strategies and support for organizations that are planning, implementing, or enhancing an outpatient community-based palliative care program. Read more about the resources 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. 
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