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.
In 2016, the Robert W. Wilson Charitable Trust made a two-year, $240,000 grant to The Hastings Center to support a "thinking and planning" process to identify the range of ethical challenges confronting aging societies and craft a new research agenda to respond to those challenges. After two meetings of an international work group of scholars, practitioners, and advocates, a peer-reviewed special report, "What Makes a Good Life in Late Life? Citizenship and Justice in Aging Societies," was published in October 2018. Based on this initial work, the Wilson Trust has made an additional grant of $65,000 to explore “unequal aging” - how lifelong social determinants of health shape the experience of older adults and family caregivers - and a two-year, $350,000 grant to follow-up on a new research priority, “Dementia and the Ethics of Choosing When to Die.”
There are growing numbers of older Americans with complex medical needs. In this Politico article, Milbank Memorial Fund President Christopher Koller and John A. Hartford Foundation President Terry Fulmer highlight a policy innovation to address long-term care costs and quality. Last month, Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed a first-in-the-nation bill to help finance the long-term care needs of all the state’s residents.
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Older Adults are a Critical Asset to Building Healthy Communities – A Call for an Intersectional Approach
July 13, 2018
Andrew Levack, MPH, St. David’s Foundation
How Foundations Can Accelerate Health System Improvement by Investing in Capacity Building Across Sectors
May 10, 2018
Lori Peterson, Collaborative Consulting
Erica Snow, The Colorado Health Foundation
Shirin Vakharia, Marin Community Foundation
Care Partners: How Philanthropy Can Kick-Start Programs to Engage Community and Family Members to Improve Depression Care for Older Adults
March 9, 2018
Ladson Hinton, MD, University of California, Davis
Theresa J. Hoeft, PhD, University of Washington
Laura Rath, MSG, Archstone Foundation
Jürgen Unützer, MD, MPH, MA, University of Washington