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April 6, 2015
This month, we have some news that has us bursting with pride: our CEO, John Feather, has been chosen to receive the 2015 ASA Award from the American Society on Aging. The award is presented to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to aging-related research, administration or advocacy. John was selected for his overall contributions to aging-related service, and particularly for the impact his work has had on national policy and programs.
We’re very grateful to ASA for recognizing all that John has accomplished, and for the wonderful work they do on behalf of all the dedicated professionals who devote themselves to improving quality of life for older adults. The award truly reflects the contributions of the many outstanding leaders in the aging field.

Many thanks to the American Society on Aging, and hearty congratulations to John on earning this distinguished honor. 
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.
Many thanks to The SCAN Foundation, whose sponsorship helped make this online resource possible, and to a number of the 2014 GIA Fellows, who served as reporters and contributors to this report. Check out the Acknowledgements for a full list.

2015 Conference Planning Underway
The 2015 GIA conference will be held October 28–30 at the Willard Intercontinental Washington, D.C. Our theme this year is Soaring into the Future: Seeking New Horizons in Aging and Philanthropy. We’ll explore how philanthropy can reach new heights and make an even greater contribution to the age-friendly movement in the years ahead. We have received many innovative, interactive session proposals and look forward to an inspiring and content-rich program. We hope you’ll join us — look for registration information in early summer.
Community AGEnda Update
Creating a Framework for a Sustainable Age-Friendly Movement: A GIA Leadership Summit 
GIA and Community AGEnda will host a Leadership Summit in fall 2015 to address the issue of sustainability in planning for age-friendly communities. During the last decade, the age-friendly communities movement has grown significantly both in the United States and abroad. This initial interest and support has generated several vibrant networks of cities and communities, useful models of action, and a wide range of resources to advance regional and local age-friendly initiatives. Creating truly great places to grow up and grow old, however, requires a sustained investment in infrastructure, programs, and services — well beyond traditional philanthropic support, one-off government funding and modest volunteer contributions. GIA and Community AGEnda look forward to gathering a small group of senior leaders in the age-friendly movement to create a framework for advancing this important work. Read more about the agenda and participants here
Intergenerational Selfies: #GenTogether 
Community AGEnda’s #GenTogether social media campaign has been a lot of fun, encouraging people of different generations to team up, take a "selfie" or any other photo together, and post it on social media. The contest portion of the campaign ended March 1, but you can still participate by continuing to share your #GenTogether photos. By bringing people together and celebrating intergenerational friendship, #GenTogether creates opportunities to reduce loneliness, social isolation and lifestyles siloed by age. Connect and share the moment. It might just make your day, and theirs.
Check out the latest #GenTogether selfies, read a nice AARP blog post about the campaign, and visit the GIA site to learn how you, your family and friends, or your organization can participate!

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.
Wondering what to fund to bring lasting change that makes your community a better place to grow older? Join us for our next webinar:

Monday, April 13, 2015, 2:00–3:00 pm ET
Sustainable Changes to Make Your Community Age-Friendly: What’s Possible?

Representatives from GIA’s five Community AGEnda sites will describe how they have brought about permanent change to make specific aspects of their communities more age-friendly for many years to come. These achievements include improvements for older adults in transportation, accessible public parks with programming for older adults, and training for city councils and boards of aldermen that led to formal commitments to add an older-adult lens to public policies and practices. All of the presenters’ organizations have funding from both local sources and Pfizer Foundation through GIA.

Presenters: Marie Beason of the Indiana Grantmakers Alliance, Cathy Boyer-Shesol from the Mid-America Regional Council in Kansas City, Kathryn Lawler from the Atlanta Regional Commission, Amy St. Peter of the Maricopa Association of Governments in Phoenix, and Peter Wood of the Health Foundation of South Florida in Miami.

Moderator: John Feather, CEO of Grantmakers In Aging.

Hope you can join us! To register, click here or contact us here.
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.
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.
GIA News
GIA Publishes New Issue Brief: Aging with Disability
In the U.S., increased life expectancies and the rapid growth of the older adult population are leading to greater numbers of older people whose functioning is limited by their physical health, and who are therefore considered to be aging with disability. This new issue brief describes the philanthropic efforts currently focusing on older disabled populations and several key areas of ongoing research that are particularly important to bring to funders’ notice. Read the full brief here
Awards and Grants
Hartford Foundation Trustees Approve Five Grants Totaling $4.73 million
The John A. Hartford Foundation Board of Trustees has approved five grants, totaling $4.73 million, for projects that will lead to improved health for older adults through leadership development, advocacy, a study of health information technology, and the dissemination of two models of geriatric care focused on hospital delirium and nursing homes. Read more on the Hartford Foundation website.

Community AGEnda Webinar: Sustainable Changes to Make Your Community Age-Friendly: What’s Possible?​
April 13, 2:00 pm–3:00 pm ET
2015 GIA Annual Conference
October 28–30, 2015
Washington, D.C.
Member News
Betty and Gordon Moore Foundation Report: Effect of Patient Engagement on Healthcare Outcomes
A new study published in the March issue of Health Affairs asks: Can increases in patient activation improve health outcomes and lower costs? Yes, according to the authors of the largest longitudinal investigation to date. Researchers from the School of Nursing at the George Washington University, University of Oregon and Fairview Medical Group found positive associations between changes in a person’s activation level and changes in health outcomes and cost. Read the entire article.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation webinar: Future of Nursing Scholars Program 
Please join Sue Hassmiller, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF’s) senior adviser for nursing, to learn about RWJF’s Future of Nursing Scholars program. This program is creating a diverse cadre of Ph.D.-prepared nurses who are committed to long-term leadership careers, advancing science and discovery, strengthening nursing education and furthering transformational change in nursing and health care. Dr. Hassmiller will share her vision for expanding the program’s funding community and expanding its scholars’ research into the field of gerontological studies. Special thanks to our co-sponsors, The John A. Hartford Foundation and The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Register for the webinar here.

Article: Why Many Retirees Are Upsizing into Larger Homes
In this thought-provoking new piece for the Wall Street Journal, Maddy Dychtwald, co-founder of Age Wave and a Wall Street Journal Retirement Expert, describes some of the surprising findings from Age Wave/Merrill Lynch’s most recent investigation, Home in Retirement: More Freedoms, New Choices, which reveals the aspirations retirees have for this next chapter in their lives and what drives them.
Report: Savings Expected from Slowdown in Medicare Spending
Medicare growth rates have remained low since 2009, indicating that mid-term and long-range Medicare spending will be dramatically lower than expected just 5 years ago. Experts believe that the slowdown in Medicare spending is due to a combination of factors, including health care reforms brought about by the Affordable Care Act, slower growth in new technologies, and the recession. Read the entire AARP Public Policy Institute report 
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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