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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.

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    March 21, 2019 • Washington, DC

    Across the country, more than 35 million family members are providing care for older adults with chronic, disabling health conditions. While many organizations are working hard to provide services and supports, federal, state, and local policies do not yet reflect the fact that family caregivers are an important part of the care system.

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December 2018

The six foundation collaborative, consisting of the Commonwealth Fund, The John A. Hartford Foundation, Milbank Memorial Fund, the Peterson Center on Healthcare, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and The SCAN Foundation, committed to improving care for people with complex needs has released a new report examining how ACOs approach care for this population. The study, conducted by the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice and based on national survey data, finds that most ACOs have comprehensive chronic care management processes or programs in place to manage care for complex needs. That said, few report deploying more labor-intensive interventions like advanced programs for engaging people receiving care, in-home visits after hospital discharge, or evidence-based services for people who need mental health or addiction treatment.

November 2018

With support from The John A. Hartford Foundation, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Stupski Foundation, and Gary and Mary West Foundation, the National Consensus Project has released a new set of clinical practice guidelines for palliative care. The guidelines include tools, resources, and examples to give patients and their caregivers relief from the symptoms and stress of serious illness, based on need, not prognosis. The guidelines urge all health care professionals and organizations to integrate palliative care into their services across settings.

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