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Americans are living longer, healthier lives, and the number of elderly is growing dramatically. In 2010, there were 40.3 million adults 65 and older—or 13 percent of the population. This number is expected to increase to more than 72 million—or 20 percent of the population—by 2030. Philanthropy is fully engaged in addressing the needs of this population and their caregivers, including the significant challenges of long-term care, prescription drug coverage, Medicare, and multiple chronic conditions. GIH offers programming on the issues facing older adults and works with other stakeholders also committed to the work.

Contact Colin Pekruhn for more information about our programming in this area.

Issue Spotlight

November 2017

A new National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine's Roundtable on Quality Care for People with Serious Illness report, "Integrating the Patient and Caregiver Voice into Serious Illness Care," examines the gaps, challenges, and strategic solutions for integrating patient, caregiver, and family voices into person-centered care services delivery across ages, diagnoses, and disciplines. This proceedings report, whose supporters include Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Cambia Health Solutions, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, The John A. Hartford Foundation, Kaiser Permanente, The Pew Charitable Trusts, and Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute, investigates a number of strategies to support spirituality, values, beliefs, priorities, and preferences to provide comfort and meaning for patients and loved ones coping with serious illness; addressing health equity; and advancing person-centered and family-oriented care.

November 2017

A newly published study in BMC Geriatrics and Population Health Management, discussed by its authors in a Health Affairs blog post, found increased SNAP participation among Maryland's older adults eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid (dual-eligibles) living in the community collectively addressed key social determinants of health and drivers of health care spending. Researchers found dual-eligibles who were enrolled in SNAP were 14 percent less likely to be hospitalized and 23 percent less likely to enter a nursing home in the following year. Of the study population, 42 percent were eligible for SNAP benefits but not enrolled, indicating targeted enrollment efforts might lead to better population health outcomes for older adults and cost savings in Medicare and Medicaid programs.

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