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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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December 2017

The John A. Hartford Foundation has awarded three grants, totaling over $800,000, to national organizations to support the care of older adults. One grant continues the foundation's collaborative support for the Better Care Playbook with The Commonwealth Fund, Peterson Center on Healthcare, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and The SCAN Foundation: a resource created by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement to assist health system leaders adopt more effective approaches to complex care. A second grant supports Health Affairs' Aging & Health series, which disseminates lessons on innovative models of care. A third grant will support the Eldercare Workforce Alliance's work to advance policy solutions for an age-friendly workforce.

November 2017

A newly published study in BMC Geriatrics and Population Health Management, discussed by its authors in a Health Affairs blog post, found increased SNAP participation among Maryland's older adults eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid (dual-eligibles) living in the community collectively addressed key social determinants of health and drivers of health care spending. Researchers found dual-eligibles who were enrolled in SNAP were 14 percent less likely to be hospitalized and 23 percent less likely to enter a nursing home in the following year. Of the study population, 42 percent were eligible for SNAP benefits but not enrolled, indicating targeted enrollment efforts might lead to better population health outcomes for older adults and cost savings in Medicare and Medicaid programs.

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