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 are major changes taking place in the way elderly and disabled people pay for prescription drugs. These changes are being ushered in by the new Medicare law, which, if it lives up to its promise, will be incredibly helpful to some of the most vulnerable members of our society. What are the details of the new law? How many people will it affect? How will low-income people be assisted? What are the implementation challenges? How are they being addressed by the federal government? What can grantmakers do to help?
Educating seniors on the changes to the Medicare program will be a challenge for both the public and private sectors. Reaching the nation’s 41 million Medicare beneficiaries — 35 million of whom are over the age of 65 — will require a mix of customized, one-on-one assistance and broad education campaigns. This Issue Focus proposes that providing information and referral services for seniors and their families is an area ripe for foundation work, and outlines a number of opportunities for grantmakers.
Medicare + Choice – New Health Plan Options Challenge Medicare Beneficiaries to Act as Informed Consumers: Is the System Ready?
This supplement to the GIH Bulletin outlined new health plan options that challenge medicare beneficiaries to act as informed consumers.
Explore intersections between health and aging that could benefit from funder collaboration, including environment, disability, family caregiving, civic engagement, elder abuse, exercise and wellness, and workforce development.
In 2001 GIH convened a group of grantmakers and national experts concerned about health workforce issues. This Issue Brief explores issues related to the supply, composition, and competency of the health workforce, and the role that these factors play in maintaining and improving the health status of individual patients and broader populations. Specifically, the report focuses on grantmaker activities in four areas: shifting the geographic distribution of the health workforce to ensure access in underserved areas; improving representation among racial and ethnic minorities; addressing the current shortage of nurses, particularly in inpatient settings; and improving health professionals’ competency in addressing the complex health care needs of the elderly.
Intergenerational programs recruit older adults to work with young people, train children to serve older adults, bring youth and elders together to serve others, or serve youth and the elderly in the same facilities. This Issue Focus highlights foundation funding in this area, ranging from the support of intergenerational mentoring programs to the development of initiatives to gather data on the effects of intergenerational programs on health.
As our population ages, and the need for long-term care services grows, issues surrounding the quality of care, as well as the quality of life, will become increasingly important. Based on a recent GIH Issue Dialogue, this Issue Focus explores ways in which grantmakers can partner with policymakers, health care professionals, advocacy groups, and patients and their families to improve the quality of long-term care.
This Issue Brief discusses the challenges surrounding Medicare managed care and its ability to meet the needs of elderly beneficiaries. The publication presents related trends, issues related to the elderly as active health care consumers, and grantmaker opportunities and lessons learned.