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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

March 2017

The Administration for Community Living has released a new issue brief, "Opportunities to Improve Nutrition for Older Adults and Reduce Risk of Poor Health Outcomes," on the important issue of older adult malnutrition. The issue brief focuses on the opportunities available to improve nutrition for older adults and also reduce the risk of associated poor health outcomes, and offers examples for states and others for improving older adults’ health and well-being through malnutrition interventions for community-living older adults and those experiencing hospitalization.

February 2017

A Health Affairs blog post examines how the use of palliative care might be increased within Medicare through the Four Seasons community-based, interdisciplinary palliative care model, currently being evaluated in a Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) demonstration project. The model spans care settings and already provides some early lessons on how alternative payment models for palliative care might be developed to increase its provision in Medicare.

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