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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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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.

October 2018

The American Bar Association has released a new guide for lawyers and health care professionals to align the practice of advance care planning in legal offices with the realities of implementation in health settings. The toolkit, "Advance Directives: Counseling Guide for Lawyers," is based on principles developed by a multidisciplinary group of experts convened in 2017 by the American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging in collaboration with the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, the University of California at San Francisco Medical Center, and the UCSF/UC Hastings Consortium on Law, Science & Health Policy. The convening was made possible with funding from The John A. Hartford Foundation and Borchard Foundation Center on Law and Aging.

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