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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

September 2019

Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and The John A. Hartford Foundation have developed the “Framework for Creating Age-Friendly Public Health Systems,” which describes five key roles that the 3,000 public health departments across the country could fulfill to address the challenges and opportunities an aging society presents. TFAH and Hartford are partnering to spread this model nationwide and will soon be offering training and support to help state and local health departments become Age-Friendly Public Health agencies.

July 2019

There are growing numbers of older Americans with complex medical needs. In this Politico article, Milbank Memorial Fund President Christopher Koller and John A. Hartford Foundation President Terry Fulmer highlight a policy innovation to address long-term care costs and quality. Last month, Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed a first-in-the-nation bill to help finance the long-term care needs of all the state’s residents.

Upcoming Events

  • Webinar
    October 25, 2019 2:00 pm

    In this webinar, participants will learn about the current state of family caregiving policy and efforts to create new and innovative policies across the country. Some these new and exciting efforts include the work of the newly convened RAISE Act Advisory Council, the RAISE Act Resource and Dissemination Center, and the Home Alone Alliance. This webinar will also explore the opportunities for collaborative policy partnerships and the strategies available to grantmakers to better support caregivers.

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