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Aging

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

Spotlight
April 2018


A new report authored by the Center for Oral Health, “A Healthy Smile Never Gets Old: A California Report on the Oral Health of Older Adults,” finds that a significant number of older adults in California are plagued by oral health problems. Among the findings, the report found that older adults have a high prevalence of oral health needs, with half of older adults residing in skilled nursing facilities and a third of older adults living in the community suffering from untreated tooth decay. The report was funded in-part by the Archstone Foundation, The California Wellness Foundation, Delta Dental Health Education and Research Fund, and Liberty Dental Plan Foundation.


Spotlight
March 2018


A new analysis conducted by The Pew Charitable Trusts examines the health care challenges and costs of older adult prisoner populations. Despite overall shrinking prison populations, the older adult prisoner population is surging and now accounts for 11 percent of total prison populations. The analysis discusses how prisons are facing structural and staffing challenges in managing prisoners with dementia, impaired mobility, and loss of hearing and vision. Furthermore, the report highlights how older inmates are more susceptible at an earlier age to costly chronic medical conditions, all of which is significantly impacting prison budgets.


Upcoming Events

  • Webinar
    April 25, 2018 12:00 pm

    Cosponsored with Grantmakers In Aging
    As part of our collaborative Invitation to Innovation initiative, Grantmakers In Aging and Grantmakers In Health are cosponsoring a monthly series of funders-only discussions focused on the challenges of and opportunities for improving care for people with complex health and social needs.


  • Webinar
    May 16, 2018 12:00 pm

    Cosponsored with Grantmakers In Aging
    As part of our collaborative Invitation to Innovation initiative, Grantmakers In Aging and Grantmakers In Health are cosponsoring a monthly series of funders-only discussions focused on the challenges of and opportunities for improving care for people with complex health and social needs.


  • Webinar
    June 13, 2018 12:00 pm

    Cosponsored with Grantmakers In Aging
    As part of our collaborative Invitation to Innovation initiative, Grantmakers In Aging and Grantmakers In Health are cosponsoring a monthly series of funders-only discussions focused on the challenges of and opportunities for improving care for people with complex health and social needs.







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