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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

May 2018

Care models designed for patients with complex health care needs, including those with multiple chronic conditions and mental health problems, are spreading across the country. But for health care organizations, finding local programs can be difficult. The Commonwealth Fund's Better Care Playbook, developed in partnership with the Center for Health Care Strategies, now features an interactive map of complex care programs across the country that can be sorted by target population, care model, and more.

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.

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