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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

January 2018

A new study released by the Kaiser Family Foundation, "Serious Illness in Late Life: The Public’s Views and Experiences," examines the general public’s expectations around later life as well as the steps they’ve taken to plan for the possibility of serious illness. Based on a survey of 1,000 individuals and families dealing with serious illness, the study came to a number of key conclusions, finding a disconnect between what the public acknowledges as realities of serious illness and what they actively plan for; that older adults living with serious illness commonly report needing more help than they receive; and that people with both serious illness and documents outlining care preferences are more likely to feel that their preferences for medical care are being followed.

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.

Upcoming Events

  • Webinar
    January 18, 2018 2:00 pm

    Cosponsored with Grantmakers In Aging. There are approximately 10 million people aged 65 and older living in rural America. Transportation options are often limited in small towns and other rural areas, and improved transit access is imperative to aging well in these communities. Join this webinar to learn from two foundations and a local Association of Governments that have embraced the fundamental issue of rural aging transportation, to hear how they have begun to build and fund programs, and to discuss the importance of partnerships in rural America. Speakers include: Andrew Levack of St. David’s Foundation, Laura Mason of May & Stanley Smith Charitable Trust, and Amy St. Peter of Maricopa Association of Governments.

  • Meeting
    January 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.

  • Webinar
    February 2, 2018 2:00 pm

    Cosponsored with Arizona Age-Friendly Network and Grantmakers In Aging. With few supports and services available to family caregivers, their time, resources, health, and well-being are increasingly strained. No matter where people are in the journey of family caregiving—just beginning to anticipate a need, helping to coordinate a care transition, or taking care of a family member full time—having a good framework to help guide both caregivers and communities makes the process easier and will significantly improve health outcomes for care recipients and caregivers alike. Join this webinar for a conversation with Dana Marie Kennedy, State Director of AARP Arizona, to learn how communities can adapt to the needs of family caregivers and provide the resources needed to support people aging in place.

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