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 six foundation collaborative, consisting of the Commonwealth Fund, The John A. Hartford Foundation, Milbank Memorial Fund, the Peterson Center on Healthcare, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and The SCAN Foundation, committed to improving care for people with complex needs has released a new report examining how ACOs approach care for this population. The study, conducted by the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice and based on national survey data, finds that most ACOs have comprehensive chronic care management processes or programs in place to manage care for complex needs. That said, few report deploying more labor-intensive interventions like advanced programs for engaging people receiving care, in-home visits after hospital discharge, or evidence-based services for people who need mental health or addiction treatment.
With support from The John A. Hartford Foundation, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Stupski Foundation, and Gary and Mary West Foundation, the National Consensus Project has released a new set of clinical practice guidelines for palliative care. The guidelines include tools, resources, and examples to give patients and their caregivers relief from the symptoms and stress of serious illness, based on need, not prognosis. The guidelines urge all health care professionals and organizations to integrate palliative care into their services across settings.
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Older Adults are a Critical Asset to Building Healthy Communities – A Call for an Intersectional Approach
July 13, 2018
Andrew Levack, MPH, St. David’s Foundation
How Foundations Can Accelerate Health System Improvement by Investing in Capacity Building Across Sectors
May 10, 2018
Lori Peterson, Collaborative Consulting
Erica Snow, The Colorado Health Foundation
Shirin Vakharia, Marin Community Foundation
Care Partners: How Philanthropy Can Kick-Start Programs to Engage Community and Family Members to Improve Depression Care for Older Adults
March 9, 2018
Ladson Hinton, MD, University of California, Davis
Theresa J. Hoeft, PhD, University of Washington
Laura Rath, MSG, Archstone Foundation
Jürgen Unützer, MD, MPH, MA, University of Washington