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.
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.
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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How Foundations Can Accelerate Health System Improvement by Investing in Capacity Building Across Sectors
May 10, 2018
Lori Peterson, Collaborative Consulting
Erica Snow, The Colorado Health Foundation
Shirin Vakharia, Marin Community Foundation
Care Partners: How Philanthropy Can Kick-Start Programs to Engage Community and Family Members to Improve Depression Care for Older Adults
March 9, 2018
Ladson Hinton, MD, University of California, Davis
Theresa J. Hoeft, PhD, University of Washington
Laura Rath, MSG, Archstone Foundation
Jürgen Unützer, MD, MPH, MA, University of Washington
Health and Housing: Empowering Older Adults
September 13, 2017
Nancy Rockett Eldridge, National Well Home Network
Amanda Reddy, National Center for Healthy Housing
Nancy Zweibel, PhD, The Retirement Research Foundation