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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

October 2017

The John A. Hartford Foundation is supporting a number of its grantees to expand coordinated care for older adults. With support from the foundation, the National PACE Association has launched its PACE 2.0 project to continue innovating and adapting the care model that coordinates preventive, primary, acute, and long-term care services for older adults with complex needs. The project's goal is to increase its reach from 40,000 to 200,000 persons served. In Rhode Island, the foundation is supporting Community Catalyst to bring the voices of older adults and people with disabilities to health care policy debates through advocacy training and coalition building to tackle critical issues, such as senior mobility.

October 2017

In this month's Health Affairs Blog, the Health Foundation for Western and Central New York discusses its "Aging By Design" initiative, a multiyear undertaking to improve the health of older adults by using Design Thinking strategy. The goal of the initiative is to spur creativity and innovation by supporting organizations that serve older adults and caregivers in designing, testing, and implementing new or re-imagined approaches to reducing triggers of decline such as falls, medication errors, and lack of services for caregivers. The article explores what the foundation has learned thus far and how they plan to proceed with next steps.

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