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RRF Foundation for Aging;
We are pleased to introduce RRF's third issue brief in a series of publications describing the Foundation's approach to grantmaking and improving the quality of life of older people. Engaged and Thriving: Promoting Social and Intergenerational Connectedness gives an overview of older adults' experiences of social isolation and loneliness, describes some of the work the Foundation is funding to promote social connectedness, and invites others to join us in developing creative, innovative solutions to address this critical component of healthy aging.RRF's Response to this CrisisMeaningful connection is a fundamental part of what constitutes a good life at any age. And although relationships may be many or few and may vary in intensity and duration, they are a kind of emotional lifeblood, nourishing us and playing a critical role in our larger health and well-being, especially as we get older. Of course, the flip side of social connection is isolation and the feelings of loneliness that may follow.In one study, 40% of older adults reported feeling lonely and 24% were socially isolated. There are many reasons why older adults can be isolated and as the COVID-19 pandemic brought to light, the unequal allocation of resources has further created a divide that separates many of us from the technological supports and services that can provide needed connections to people and programs.RRF is responding to this crisis not only by funding innovative projects to address social isolation and loneliness, but also by supporting the development and implementation of new assessment tools to measure these issues and their impact. In addition, we are asking questions that will lead to better understanding of what works and why, and how to best replicate those successful efforts. Read our latest issue brief to learn more about RRF's Four Strategies Towards Greater Connection and the innovative work of our grantees in this important area.Click "Download" to view this resource online.
National Alliance for Caregiving;
More than 1 in 5 people in the United States care for a family member, friend, or neighbor with a health care need or functional disability. More family caregivers find themselves caring for multiple people (24 percent) and working while caregiving (61 percent). Family caregivers face increasing complexity meeting the medical and support needs of their care recipients; 7 in 10 do so with no paid help. Without adequate and affordable services and supports, the escalating demands on family caregivers contribute to their physical, emotional, financial strain, and decline in self-reported health.In this white paper, published by The National Alliance for Caregiving, experts discuss incentives in the existing Medicare program that could motivate health systems and providers to offer more robust support to family caregivers.Click "Download" to access this resource.
Convergence Center for Policy Resolution;
In December 2020, the Convergence Center for Policy Resolution published a Report summarizing a series of "brainstorming" conversations among experts on aging and caregiving for older adults. The conversations generated ideas for expanding opportunities for home and community-based care, advancing alternative business models in the institutional sector, and transforming the caregiving workforce. Many of the ideas in the Report would require legislation or changes in business practice. But others could be advanced at least in part by administrative or regulatory actions at the federal, state, or local level. To further develop some of these latter ideas, Convergence invited experts from the original conversations, and some other experts, to flesh out their ideas for administrative actions consistent with the broad themes of the original conversations. Like the ideas in the original Report, the proposals in this collection do not represent a consensus and they are not endorsed by nor represent the views of Convergence. Each proposal represents solely the views of the author. Convergence's purpose in publishing this collection is to spur productive conversation about the future of care for older adults.
The Social IMPACT Research Center has conducted an assessment of the affordable housing needs of older adults in Kenosha, Milwaukee, and Racine Counties in Wisconsin. The report documents the affordable housing gap in Southeastern Wisconsin for older adults, and details the services that the growing aging population will most need. The full report can be found at: https://socialimpactresearchcenter.issuelab.org/resource/housing-needs-for-older-adults-in-southeastern-wisconsin.html.
For those who offer funding and those who seek it, business journalist Sarah Murray makes the case for intergenerational solutions.So what can funders—particularly philanthropic foundations—do to help break down the cultural and institutions barriers between generations? A number of ideas emerged from Murray's research. Here are a few:Funders could use age diversity, like income equality and racial diversity, as a lens through which to design and evaluate all programs and strategies.Funders could create an intergenerational pillar to support initiatives and nonprofits that are bringing together different age groups in their models for social change.Funders could consider more flexible grantmaking to support cross-generational initiatives that don't fit into traditional funding boxes.Click "Download" to access this resource online.
National Academy of Social Insurance;
This primer is a PowerPoint presentation of approximately 40 slides that provides factual background about Social Security, its benefits and finances, and some policy options to improve the program. The Academy's income security staff ensures that the data in the presentation are up-to-date. Topics covered include:Who receives Social Security?What are typical Social Security benefits?How do benefits compare to earnings for retirees at different wage levels?Who pays for it?How many older Americans receive employer-sponsored pensions?How are Social Security retirement benefits projected to change in the future?What is Social Security disability insurance?What are the ""best estimate"" long-range projections of Social Security finances? What do the high-cost and low-cost projections show? What is the actuarial deficit?Why will Social Security cost more in the future? Can we afford Social Security in the future? How can we strengthen Social Security in the future? What are our options? Why consider revenue enhancements to balance Social Security?What do American workers say?Click "Download" to access this resource.Tag: Policy
The Pension Rights Center;
There is now a helpful new guide for individuals who are going through a divorce and have questions about dividing retirement benefits.The guide -- created by the Pension Rights Center, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges' Resource Center on Domestic Violence: Child Protection and Custody, and the National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life -- highlights tips for individuals going through a divorce. Many people do not know that they can ask for a share of a spouse's retirement benefit at divorce, but retirement benefits are often the largest asset in a marriage. It is important to take the right steps during the divorce proceedings and after, or a divorced person may not receive the benefits he or she is entitled to.The guide explains different types of retirement benefits, discusses special considerations for individuals in controlling or abusive relationships, and describes how to get a special court order called a QDRO and what to do with it. Family courts, organizations that assist survivors of domestic violence, and other groups that work with people going through divorce can use this guide to help individuals understand their retirement rights at divorce.This guide is among PRC's many activities designed to make the process of dividing retirement benefits at divorce more accessible and easier to understand. We've launched an Initiative on Women and Retirement at Divorce to ensure that women and other vulnerable people going through a divorce know that they need a QDRO, and to make the process of getting a QDRO more efficient and less costly. We have brought together stakeholders from all sides -- retiree organizations, women's groups, pension plans, employers, financial institutions, family attorneys and judges -- to develop recommendations for making the QDRO process easier for consumers and less burdensome for retirement plans.Click "Download" to access this resource.
National Institute on Retirement Security;
The spending by 27 million retired Americans from their monthly pension payments in 2016 supported 7.5 million jobs for other Americas and $1.2 trillion in total economic output nationwide.What is the impact in your state? Click on a st"A new report finds that a large portion (40 percent) of older Americans rely only on Social Security income in retirement while only a small percentage of older Americans (seven percent) receive income from Social Security, a defined benefit pension, and a defined contribution account. Retirement income from these three sources is widely considered to be the ideal situation to ensure retirement security, particularly for the middle class. Retirees with these three sources of income are far less likely to face poverty and economic hardship.These findings are contained in a new report from the National Institute on Retirement Security (NIRS), Examining the Nest Egg: The Sources of Retirement Income for Older Americans. The report is co-authored by Tyler Bond, NIRS manager of research, and Dr. Frank Porell, University of Massachusetts Boston professor emeritus.The analysis also finds that without income from Social Security in 2013, the number of poor older U.S. households would have increased by more than 200 percent to 11 million households. Absent income from defined benefit pensions, the number of poor older households would have increased by 19 percent to more than four million households in 2013. Defined contribution plans, however, are less powerful at keeping older households out of poverty than pensions and Social Security because fewer near-poor households have assets in 401(k)-style defined contribution accounts and income from those accounts provided a smaller portion of total income. Without income from defined contribution accounts, the estimated number of poor older households would have increased by five percent."ate to download a Fact Sheet with details.Click "Download" to access this resource.
Bright Focus Foundation;
This resource discusses medical conditions that can affect driving, safe driving tips and strategies, a self test for drivers, evaluation and discussion of unsafe driving practices, and maintaining independence once a decision is made to stop driving.Click "Download" to access this resource.
National Academy for State Health Policy;
Family caregivers help Medicaid enrollees safely stay in their own homes, prevent or delay hospital and nursing facility stays, and provide personal care services that Medicaid agencies would otherwise need to pay for. However, there are strong indications that family caregivers need additional supports, which would benefit the Medicaid enrollees in their care. Recognizing family caregivers' critical contributions, state Medicaid agencies already provide training, services, or, sometimes payment to them. This report examines the strategies states currently use and presents four interrelated actions the federal government could take to foster spread of innovative strategies that some states have developed.Click "Download" to access this resource.Tags: Healthcare, Caregiving, Policy
The National Alliance for Caregiving (NAC) and AARP present Caregiving in the U.S. 2020!This report is the most recent update to our trended research series, Caregiving in the U.S., conducted roughly every five years. The 2020 update reveals an increase in the number of family caregivers in the United States of 9.5 million from 2015 to 2020. Family caregivers now encompass more than one in five Americans. The study also reveals that family caregivers are in worse health compared to five years ago. As the demand for caregiving rises with an aging population, there is an opportunity for the public and private sectors to work together to develop solutions to support family caregivers and those under their care.Click "Download" to access this resource.
National Academy for State Health Policy;
To assist the RAISE Act Family Caregiving Advisory Council make its recommendations, NASHP collected and analyzed about 800 recommendations from 27 key family caregiving reports written in the past decade. NASHP synthesized and inventoried the recommendations in this resource, with support from The John A. Hartford Foundation and in collaboration with the US Administration for Community Living.Click "Download" to access this resource.