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Aging

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

Spotlight
February 2018


The Health Foundation for Western and Central New York (HFWCNY) has partnered with the New York State Office for the Aging on a 30-month initiative to embed the National Council on Aging’s Aging Mastery Program in all eight counties of Western New York. A nationally recognized interactive class for adults 55 and older, the program encourages participants to develop sustainable behaviors that lead to health improvements, stronger economic security, enhanced well-being, and increased community participation. Pilots of the program have shown positive results, include significant increases in physical activity levels, healthier eating habits, increased use of advanced planning, more social connection, and participation in evidence-based self-management programs.



Spotlight
January 2018

A new study released by the Kaiser Family Foundation, "Serious Illness in Late Life: The Public’s Views and Experiences," examines the general public’s expectations around later life as well as the steps they’ve taken to plan for the possibility of serious illness. Based on a survey of 1,000 individuals and families dealing with serious illness, the study came to a number of key conclusions, finding a disconnect between what the public acknowledges as realities of serious illness and what they actively plan for; that older adults living with serious illness commonly report needing more help than they receive; and that people with both serious illness and documents outlining care preferences are more likely to feel that their preferences for medical care are being followed.


Upcoming Events

  • Webinar
    February 21, 2018 12:00 pm

    Cosponsored with Grantmakers In Aging.
    As part of our collaborative Invitation to Innovation initiative, Grantmakers In Aging and Grantmakers In Health are cosponsoring a monthly series of funders-only discussions focused on the challenges of and opportunities for improving care for people with complex health and social needs.


  • Webinar
    March 21, 2018 12:00 pm

    Cosponsored with Grantmakers In Aging.
    As part of our collaborative Invitation to Innovation initiative, Grantmakers In Aging and Grantmakers In Health are cosponsoring a monthly series of funders-only discussions focused on the challenges of and opportunities for improving care for people with complex health and social needs.


  • Webinar
    April 25, 2018 12:00 pm

    Cosponsored with Grantmakers In Aging.
    As part of our collaborative Invitation to Innovation initiative, Grantmakers In Aging and Grantmakers In Health are cosponsoring a monthly series of funders-only discussions focused on the challenges of and opportunities for improving care for people with complex health and social needs.







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