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::: April 2016

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GIA CEO and previous Chair of the American Society on Aging John Feather recently presented on several important aging-related matters during the 2016 Aging in America Conference in Washington, DC, from March 20-24. Topics included the “New World of Aging,” “Ageism in America: Reframing Its Issues and Impacts,” and “The Economic Case for Age-Friendly Communities.” Nearly 3,000 professionals came together for the conference to discuss issues and solutions related to our growing older adult population, including how to change the perception of what it means to grow old and ways to improve housing opportunities for those who are older and live alone. John Feather also participated in several conference sessions, including a National Forum on Ageism in America where he and several colleagues explored cultural views, funding and policy challenges related to ageism.

New John A. Hartford Foundation Change AGEnts Issue Briefs Address End of Life, Primary Care
The John A. Hartford Foundation Change AGEnts Initiative has produced a series of seven Issue Briefs that represent a summary of intensive working group meetings that took place at the Change AGEnts annual conference in December. The Issue Briefs are intended to inform us of future work; this will create widespread and systemic changes in the care of older adults. Read the third and fourth briefs on End of Life and Serious Illness and Primary Care.

other issue briefs will be published on our Health AGEnda blog in the upcoming weeks. 
The John A. Hartford Foundation Approves $6.7 Million in Grants
The Board of Trustees of The John A. Hartford Foundation met recently and approved $6.7 million in grant funds to be distributed among several different groups to improve care of older adults. Read the full article for more information.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Change Leadership Programs
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is excited to announce new leadership development opportunities for professionals, community advocates and organizers, scholars, and researchers in health and health care, education, transportation, technology, public policy, business, community development, faith, urban planning, and other sectors critical to building a Culture of Health. Read more about these opportunities and submit applications on the RWJF website.

Aroha Philanthropies Launches New Artful Aging Microsite
Aroha Philanthropies is thrilled to announce the launch of their all-new Artful Aging microsite. They plan to continually update the site with news, events, and exemplary programs related to Artful Aging. Please explore and share the site with others, share your Artful Aging news with them, and send them information that you think would improve the site. Visit the new Artful Aging site here.

Job Opportunity: The Health Foundation for Western and Central New York Searching for Experienced Program Officer

The Health Foundation for Western and Central New York is looking for a program officer with experience related to aging issues, policy and strategy. The Program Officer is responsible for researching, creating, coordinating and implementing strategic initiatives that support the Foundation’s mission. Click here to view the full job description and application.

Barry I. Schloss Named New Weinberg Foundation Board Chair

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation is pleased to announce that Barry I. Schloss has been named the new Chair of the Board on top of his responsibilities as Treasurer/CFO. He has been a member of the board of trustees since 2005. Read the full article here.


Conference Highlights 2015

Highlights of the 2015 Annual Conference are now available. Click here to access a list of presentations, PowerPoints, ideas for funding, resources, and contact information. Many thanks to The SCAN Foundation, whose support helped make this online resource possible.


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Elder Economic Disparity: The Problem and Workable Approaches

Economic insecurity is a very real problem for many older adults who lack the money to have decent housing, affordable health care, food, and transportation. This economic insecurity can lead to homelessness, poor health, social isolation, malnutrition, and shorter life spans. Join the webinar on Friday, April 22, 2016, 2:00-3:00 p.m. EDT, to explore the extent of the problem, workable approaches, and the philanthropic approach to working with agencies to improve economic security. Click here to read more and register.

::: Missed a webinar? Archives of GIA webinars can be found on our website.

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Have you tried the new GIA members-only portal? It’s a great way to stay connected with GIA and to share information with our members. If you are a GIA member, you should have received an email with temporary credentials. If you didn't get the email, or if you have any questions, comments or need technical support, please feel free to contact Maria Gonzales-Jackson, Director of Membership and Programs.
Registration Now Open for Generations United's 30th Anniversary and Best Intergenerational Communities Awards
Join Generations United on April 19, 5-7 p.m., in Washington, DC, as they celebrate their 30th anniversary and recognize the 2016 MetLife Foundation/Generations United Best Intergenerational Communities: City of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Eastman Communities Association of Grantham, New Hampshire; and our National Finalist: City of Coral Springs, Florida. Learn more.

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 PCAST Report: Independence, Technology, and Connection in Older Age
The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) recently released a new report, Independence, Technology, and Connection in Older Age, which investigates technologies and policies that will add to Americans’ ability to live independent and connected lives as they get older.

NIH Report: World’s Older Population Grows Dramatically
The National Institutes of Health (NIH), in their recent news release, World’s Older Population Grows Dramatically, discuss how 8.5 percent of the worldwide population are aged 65 years and older and what that means for society. This number is expected to more than double in the next few decades and even triple in some parts of the world — meaning there is a lot of work to be done to make sure these aging generations have what they need to live happy and healthy.

Mark your calendar and join GIA at these upcoming online and in-person events. Please note that some events require advance registration.
::: April 22, 2-3 p.m.
Elder Economic Disparity: The Problem and Workable Approaches

::: June 21-23
IFA Global Conference 2016: Disasters in an Ageing World
Brisbane, Australia

::: October 26-28
GIA Annual Conference in
Portland, OR

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