This Milbank Memorial Fund blog post explores the impact of COVID-19 on access to group meals provided through a federal–state nutrition program for older adults. It also calls for a coordinated national effort with more federal resources and flexibility for states to develop short- and long-term plans.
This new Archstone Foundation report reflects on two decades of projects that served a crucial translational role in taking fall-risk reduction research principles and putting them into the hands of health professionals and community-based programs so older adults could benefit. It also outlines the foundation’s “12 Key Strategies for Success” that was developed as part of this grantmaking effort and continue to guide the their grantmaking.
Care for older adults with chronic, disabling health conditions has entered a new chapter, one with far-ranging implications for families, communities, health care, and even the economy. The current system does not adequately support the needs of those routinely providing extensive help with daily activities, delivering complex medically-related services, and coordinating health care and long-term services and supports.
There is a widespread and dangerous popular misconception that permeates our society that aging and despair—and even depression—go hand in hand. One of the most drastic consequences of such marginalization is the resultant isolation and feelings of burdensomeness that, when exacerbated with key risk factors, may drive suicide in older adults.
Across the country, more than 45 million family members are providing care for older adults with chronic, disabling health conditions. There are a multitude of reasons why health grantmakers should be concerned about this, ranging from caregivers’ critical role in managing the needs of complex care patient populations to the manifold short- and long-term impacts caregiving has on the health and wellness of caregivers themselves.
The Age-Friendly Health Systems initiative is an opportunity to build, together, more effective health systems that reliably deliver on the promise of better care for older adults.
The idea that we live in a rapidly aging society is not news, but here is an important fact: in ten years (by 2030), the United States will have more people over the age of 65 than children under 18 for the first time in its history. And yet, our society has not responded to the opportunities or the challenges that this change provides.
Every day, millions of Americans provide unpaid care to a family member. A few years ago, it was estimated that 43.5 million adults had provided care for someone in the previous 12 months, with most caring for other adults, fewer for children, and a small percentage for both age groups.
In 2019, there are several trends we will be following. These trends show that, in general, funders are grappling with the changing environments of service delivery, health in communities, and organizational effectiveness.
Health philanthropy is a complex, ever-evolving sector. New health foundations continue to emerge, bringing additional assets to communities across the country. Established health foundations continue to experiment, exploring new strategies to address the root causes of health problems, stimulate delivery system change, and build equitable working relationships with community partners.
Older Adults are a Critical Asset to Building Healthy Communities – A Call for an Intersectional Approach
St. David’s Foundation considers the well-being of older adults as a fundamental aspect to our goal of building the healthiest community in the world. However, for many donors, supporting older adults is not a funding priority.
How Foundations Can Accelerate Health System Improvement by Investing in Capacity Building Across Sectors
At a time when the health care system is facing a host of challenges, many with attributes that are impossible to solve alone, we see organizations from across the health and social sectors combining their skills and expertise through interesting partnerships to crack the “impossible” together.