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November 3, 2014

GIA would like to thank all of the conference sponsors, planning committee members, session designers, presenters, facilitators, and attendees who joined us in San Francisco for the 2014 annual conference. In the coming months, we will be presenting highlights, learnings, and other resources from the event on the GIA website.

Believe it or not, it’s time to start planning for the 2015 GIA Annual Conference, which will be held in Washington DC, at the Willard InterContinental, on October 28-30, 2015. 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 Washington in early- to mid-April. Attendance in person is not mandatory, but highly beneficial.

If you would like to volunteer or request more information, please email Darla Minnich or call her at 937.681.5213. And even if you don’t participate on the planning committee, you can still shape next year’s conference — by sharing topics to include on the agenda. Please send your ideas to Darla Minnich.

Community AGEnda Update
The Pfizer Foundation has awarded GIA a third year of funding for Community AGEnda! Read about what all five sites and GIA will be doing in year three in this news release.

Community AGEnda has launched GREAT PLACES, a new e-newsletter about age-friendly communities. Read the first edition here. If you're involved in age-friendly work and have news to share, please email us!

Conversations with GIA
Our upcoming webinar, Aging and Mental Health, will take place on Monday, November 10, 2014, from 2:00 – 3:00 pm EST. Older adults face many stressors that can contribute to mental health concerns, yet these conditions often go underdetected or undertreated due to a variety of factors, including ageism and the complex overlay of physical and mental health. In addition, there is a well-documented shortage of trained mental health professionals to meet the current and growing demand for serving older adults. 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) will present unique aspects of mental health in older adulthood, including common myths, select screening and treatment options and future trends. Mary O’Donnell, Senior Program Officer at The Retirement Research Foundation, will offer a grantmaker’s perspective and specific examples for how funders can help their communities effectively address mental health and aging.

Special thanks to our co-sponsors, The John A. Hartford Foundation and the Retirement Research Foundation.

PLEASE NOTE: CEUs are not available for this session.

• Click here to register for the November 10 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:

The Scaling Marketplace: A New Strategy Helping Funders Seeking to Achieve Large-Scale Impact, with Alex Rossides, CEO and co-founder of the Social Impact Exchange, and Christopher Langston, Program Director at The John A. Hartford Foundation and Chair of the GIA Board of Directors. From October 7, 2014. Click here to view
How Our Eyes Age: The Impact on Everyday Life, with Chris Girkin, MD, MSPH, Professor and Chair of the Dept. of Ophthalmology, the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), Cynthia Owsley, PhD, MSPH, Professor in the UAB Dept. of Ophthalmology and Torrey DeKeyser, Executive Director of the Eyesight Foundation of Alabama. From September 5, 2014. Click here to view.
Connecting Generations Through Documentary and Intergenerational Tech Training, with Lisa Marsh Ryerson, president, AARP Foundation, and Brenda Rusnak, producer, Cyber-Seniors. From August 12, 2014. Click here to view.
How Do I Know What Is Right For My Community — Evidence of Effective and Replicable Age-Friendly Interventions, with Jeanne Anthony, Senior Program Manager at AARP Livable Communities, Judy Willett, National Director of Village to Village Network, and Derenda Schubert, Executive Director at Bridge Meadows Intergenerational Community. From July 22, 2014. Click here to view.

Conversations with GIA: Aging and Mental Health
November 10, 2014, 2:00 pm EST
Click here to register

2015 GIA Annual Conference
October 28-30, 2014
Washington, DC
Hannan Foundation Seeks Executive Director
The Luella Hannan Memorial Foundation (Hannan Foundation), an operating foundation in Detroit, Michigan, is seeking a new Executive Director to replace the current Executive Director who retires this year. The Foundation’s mission is to enhance the quality of life for older adults in Metropolitan Detroit — with a focus on the City of Detroit — by identifying their unmet physical, social and financial needs and maintaining facilities and creating programs that both address these needs and preserve the dignity of seniors. For more information, click here. For a copy of the full position profile, please send an email, attn Bill Weatherston.

Awards and Grants 
The Tufts Health Plan Foundation announced today more than $880,000 in new funding to 22 Massachusetts and Rhode Island-based organizations as part of its second cycle of funding for 2014. Read the full press release.


Article: Illinois Candidates Lock Horns on Medicare, Social Security

The candidates in a battleground congressional district in Illinois disagreed about the impact for Social Security and Medicare of a Republican-passed plan crafted by House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) during an Oct. 21 radio debate sponsored by AARP. Read the full article here. Source: AARP

Help a Senior Apply for SNAP – and Get Benefits by Thanksgiving
It takes an average of 30 days from application to benefits under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). That makes now the perfect time to help hungry seniors in your community apply for SNAP, so they can have benefits in time to pay for Thanksgiving. Use NCOA’s Senior SNAP Outreach Materials to help spread the word.

Social Network

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