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.
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.
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.
An Invitation to Innovation: Better Grantmaking, Better Care, Better Outcomes for Vulnerable Populations and CommunitiesJanuary 30, 2018 • La Jolla, California - West Health Institute
This immersive, one-day, funders-only workshop offering an important opportunity to explore evidence-based innovations and models of care that improve health equity and champion system transformation addressing critical social determinants of health.
June 20, 2018 • Chicago, Illinois
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Most Recent Publications
Health and Housing: Empowering Older Adults
September 13, 2017
Nancy Rockett Eldridge, National Well Home Network
Amanda Reddy, National Center for Healthy Housing
Nancy Zweibel, PhD, The Retirement Research Foundation
Growing Old is Hard Enough: Prison, Jail, and Post-Release Life for Older Adults
August 10, 2017
Eileen Kelly, The Osborne Association
Danylle Rudin, Florence V. Burden Foundation
Supporting Older Adults and Family Caregivers
April 13, 2017
Colin Pekruhn, Grantmakers In Health