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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

April 2017

Grantmakers In Aging (GIA) has released a new primer that offers guidance on why grantmakers should make investments in rural communities, how funders can get started, and where experienced funders see the greatest potential and need. "New Frontiers for Funding: An Introduction to Grantmaking in Rural Aging," focuses on locating the right partners and grantees, early planning for program sustainability, defining and measuring success, and working creatively with government. The primer also contains several examples of successful programs and lays the groundwork for how working on rural aging issues can increase the impact of many different kinds of philanthropies.

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.

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