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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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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.

December 2016

St. David's Foundation announced over $6 million in healthy aging grants to aid organizations serving the elderly in central Texas. Senior programs supporting senior nutrition, food access, transportation, speech and music therapy, medication interaction safety, assistance and case management, and caregiver education were among the many program and capital project grants awarded.

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