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February 2, 2015

At GIA, it feels as if we’ve been discussing the reauthorization of the Older Americans Act (OAA) for decades. That’s an exaggeration, of course, but it’s been a long road. Since the OAA came up for reauthorization in 2011, GIA has explored the attendant challenges on a variety of fronts. One highlight came in January 2012, when one of our Conversations with GIA webinars featuring Kathy Greenlee, Assistant Secretary for Aging at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, examined the role of philanthropy vis-à-vis the reauthorization of the Older Americans Act and the federal budget for aging programs.

Now, three years later, we’re pleased to announce (see article below, under Aging News) that members of the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee introduced the Older Americans Act Reauthorization Act of 2015 (S. 192). We strongly support this measure, and we hope GIA members will contact their senators and ask them to cosponsor it.

Annual Conference News

2014 Conference Highlights
We’re pleased to announce that the Annual Conference Program Highlights from 2014 are now available. Just like last year, we have created an all-digital version of Highlights, to make summaries, notes, resources, PowerPoints, and other aspects of last year's great sessions easily accessible and searchable. We will not be creating a printed document, so be sure to visit this online resource to download materials from your favorite sessions or sessions you missed.

Call for Sessions Coming Soon
GIA will be opening the Call for Sessions for our 2015 annual conference in February. This is year opportunity to help the national Program Planning Committee build a content-rich program by submitting interactive, innovative session proposals. Look for more details the second week of February.

Community AGEnda Update

Community AGEnda is pleased to announce the #GenTogether social media campaign, which encourages people of different generations to team up, take a "selfie" photo together, and post it on social media. By bringing people together and celebrating intergenerational friendship, #GenTogether creates opportunities to reduce loneliness, social isolation, and lifestyles siloed by age. Connect, share the moment, and have a little fun. It might just make your day, and theirs.

Check out the latest #GenTogether selfies, and visit the GIA site to learn how you, your family and friends, or your organization can participate!
Other Community AGEnda News
Rural Age-friendly Collaborative held its first meeting led by two Community AGEnda grantees, Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) and Indiana Philanthropy Alliance.

The Indiana Philanthropy Alliance has published two new age-friendly issue briefs, on Universal Design and Visitability, and on Walkable Communities.

And the next edition of GREAT PLACES, our age-friendly e-newsletter, is coming soon. Check out the first edition if you haven’t seen it, and please email us to subscribe or to send us your age-friendly news!

Funders for Age-Friendly Communities

Supported by the Pfizer Foundation and United Way Worldwide, the goal of GIA’s Funders for Age-Friendly Communities is to mobilize grantmakers across the country to create good places to grow older.

Webinar Recording Now Available
If you missed our January webinar, Which Government and Planning Organizations Should You Choose As Collaborators?, you can listen here. Few funders understand the roles of planning and government organizations, why we might want to work with them, and how to begin. Which government bodies (municipal, county, regional) affect which types of long-term change? e.g. zoning, transportation, planning, neighborhoods, housing, parks? Where are the opportunities for funding that will cause sustainable community improvements that benefit older adults? Speakers: Joanna Turner, Executive Director, National Association of Regional Councils, and Kathryn Lawler, Manager of the Aging and Health Resources Division, Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC). Moderator, John Feather, CEO of Grantmakers In Aging.

Hold the date for the next webinar — April 13th. Representatives from GIA's five Community AGEnda sites will present specific examples of sustainable change they have achieved that will make their communities more age-friendly for many years to come. Speakers: Marie Beason of Indiana Grantmakers Alliance, Cathy Boyer-Shesol from Mid-America Regional Council in Kansas City, Kathryn Lawler from Atlanta Regional Commission, Amy St. Peter of Maricopa Association of Governments in Phoenix, and Peter Wood of Health Foundation of South Florida in Miami. John Feather, CEO of Grantmakers In Aging, will moderate. Watch for an email announcement or check the GIA website.

Conversations with GIA

As we prepare our Conversations with GIA Webinar Series for 2015, please take a moment to complete a one-question survey to give us your input. We strive to provide you with a wide range of webinars on emerging issues in the aging field.
In the meantime, if you missed recent webinars in the series, you can still view screencasts of each:
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 the slides.

Aging and Mental Health, with Rush University Medical Center’s Robyn Golden, MA, LCSW (Director of Health and Aging) and Kate Krajci, MA, LCSW (Coordinator, Mental Health Services of Health and Aging), and Mary O’Donnell, Senior Program Officer at The Retirement Research Foundation. From November 10, 2014. Click here to view.
Aging News

Alexander, Murray, Burr, Sanders Introduce Legislation to Support Social and Nutrition Services for Nearly 12 Million U.S. Seniors
U.S. Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) with Senators Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today introduced the Older Americans Act Reauthorization Act of 2015, legislation that supports social and nutrition services—from Meals on Wheels to senior centers—for nearly 12 million seniors. Read Chairman Alexander’s statement to find out the scope of the bill.

Aging and Health: Health Affairs' January Issue
The January issue of Health Affairs includes a number of studies examining issues pertaining to aging and health or health care. Other subjects covered include: the effect of Medicare's Hospital Compare quality reports on hospital prices, how provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) impact Americans shouldering high medical cost burdens, if California's Hospital Fair Pricing Act has benefitted uninsured patients, and more. You can access the articles by viewing the Table of Contents.

Content on aging and health was supported by The John A. Hartford Foundation

Awards and Grants

Applications for the 2015 Sojourns Scholar Leadership Program Now Being Accepted
Cambia Health Foundation is pleased to announce that applications are being accepted for the 2015 Sojourns Scholar Leadership Program, a national initiative designed to identify, cultivate, and advance the next generation of palliative care leaders. The program seeks to support outstanding emerging nurse and physician leaders by investing in their professional development over a two-year period. Scholars receive $180,000 ($90,000/year) in funding to conduct an innovative and impactful clinical, research, education or policy project in the field of palliative care and implement a leadership career plan designed to support their growth as leaders in the field. Physicians and nurses from across the United States are eligible to apply.

Applications are due February 28, 2015.
Learn more about the program and download an application.

Community AGEnda Webinar
April 13
Details coming soon

2015 GIA Annual Conference
October 28-30, 2015
Washington, DC
Member News

Helen Bader Foundation Announces Changes
The Milwaukee-based Helen Bader Foundation has announced changes to its name and structure that will allow it to increase and extend its grantmaking.
An $8 million annual contribution from Isabel and Alfred Bader will enable the newly named Bader Philanthropies to continue in perpetuity while boosting its annual grantmaking by 40 percent, to more than $14 million. Without the infusion of funds, the foundation was on track to sunset in 2020, foundation spokesperson Jeff Dardis told the Milwaukee Business Journal. Read the entire article from Philanthropy News Digest.
New Issue Brief

We’ve recently published a new Issue Brief focused on volunteer driver programs, which can be vital for people with chronic disabilities, many of whom are older adults. The brief was written by Helen Kerschner, PhD, Director, National Volunteer Transportation Center, and is available here on the GIA website.


Report: Expanding Specialized Transportation: New Opportunities under the Affordable Care Act
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) provides new but limited opportunities to promote or fund specialized transportation services for older people and adults with disabilities. This paper contains important information on how states can use these largely untapped options to expand services for targeted low-income populations with mobility needs. Specifically, it explores the ACA options that could expand specialized transportation for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and for people who are dually eligible for both forms of coverage. Read the report here.

Resource: Quick Clips: Elder Abuse Dramatization with Expert Commentary
The NYC Elder Abuse Center has announced the launch of its latest elder justice resource featuring 16 brief videos of elder justice experts responding to a 1.5-minute dramatization of an elder abuse scenario. The video series can be used to: Introduce students, practitioners and community members to elder abuse issues, raise awareness among aging professionals and others about the reality that no single professional discipline or system can respond to elder abuse cases in isolation, or illustrate to key decision-makers the need for multi-systemic coordination in elder justice work through initiatives such as multidisciplinary teams. See the videos here.

Social Network

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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