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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

June 2017

AARP, with support from The Commonwealth Fund, The SCAN Foundation, and AARP Foundation, has released an updated version of "Picking Up The Pace of Change: A State Scorecard on Long-Term Services and Supports for Older Adults, People with Physical Disabilities, and Family Caregivers." The Scorecard analyzes state-level data that measures state performance for creating a high-quality system of care and services for older adults, people with physical disabilities, and their family caregivers. The latest iteration of the Scorecard finds states have generally made incremental improvements since the last report was released in 2014, but the pace of change has been slow and uneven. States made the most significant progress in reducing inappropriate "off label" use of antipsychotic medications among nursing home residents and increasing support of family caregivers.

June 2017

A new issue brief from The Commonwealth Fund outlines and argues for the need to invest in home-based primary care to meet the unmet needs and costs associated with homebound and functionally limited individuals being unable to access office-based primary care services. The brief outlines the challenges facing these high-risk individuals, the common elements of successful home-based care practices, payment models, and recommendations for the field.

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