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RRF Foundation for Aging;
We are pleased to introduce RRF's issue brief on Economic Security in Later Life. This is the first in a series that, together, will describe the foundation's approach to grantmaking and to working to improve the quality of life of older people. It is also an invitation to others to partner with the foundation to develop new and innovative ways that will enable more older adults to achieve a greater measure of financial well-being.RRF envisions a future in which all of us, as we age, have the means to achieve a secure and dignified later life—sufficient income to meet basic expenses; assistance, if needed, to plan and manage our income and savings effectively; and a stable, equitable public and private system of supports, services, and protections that can help us achieve and maintain economic well-being.All too often, discussions of economic security lay blame on individuals and their inability to "save for retirement." Most of us, however, work hard throughout our lives (and many of us must continue to work well past a traditional retirement age). We pay taxes, contribute to Social Security and other programs and help our communities in many ways. Despite this, financial struggles in later life are distressingly common, resulting from larger economic forces beyond our control, systemic inequities, and an insufficient safety net.This brief describes RRF's interest in promoting economic security in later life, as well as our commitment to generating innovative solutions to the challenges we face. We look forward to joining with others in this important work.Click "Download" to access this resource.
Employee Benefit Research Institute;
This Fast Fact report from The Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) highlights statistics captured as part of the organization's April 2021 Issue Brief – Retirees in Profile: Evaluating Five Distinct Lifestyles in Retirement.These findings underscore that despite significant improvements in women's labor force participation over the past decades, gender inequality remains a persistent issue in many aspects of women's working lives, including retirement security. With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, disparities have grown. Older women have been disproportionately represented in industries that suffered heavily from the pandemic, such as retail and hospitality. Policy changes that are sensitive to women's unique retirement needs can help narrow the gap.The Employee Benefit Research Institute is a nonpartisan, tax-exempt organization contributing to sound employee benefit programs and public policy through independent, objective, fact-based research and education.This report was developed with support from RRF Foundation for Aging.Click "Download" to access this resource.
American Alliance of Museums;
This landmark report commissioned by the American Alliance of Museums and written by Marjorie Schwarzer is a call to action for museums to change the narrative about what it means to grow old in America. Opening with an overview of aging and ageism in our country, the report documents actions being taken to foster positive aging, profiles the work of museums providing creative aging programming, and shares lessons learned from the Seeding Vitality Arts in Museums initiative of Aroha Philanthropies.
AARP Public Policy Institute;
Retail prices for widely used brand name prescription drugs increased substantially faster than general inflation in every year from 2006 to 2020. Between 2019 and 2020, retail prices for 260 brand name prescription drugs widely used by older Americans, including Medicare beneficiaries, increased by an average of 2.9 percent. In contrast, the general inflation rate was 1.3 percent over the same period. Brand name drug prices have routinely increased much faster than general inflation over the past 16 years—the entire period during which the AARP Public Policy Institute has been publishing this report series.
John A. Hartford Foundation;
We have lived through a transformative year. Vaccinations are showing promise in controlling the COVID-19 pandemic that consumed much of 2020, and it is vitally important to take stock of what we have learned. From the harrowing experiences of frontline health care providers, to the pain felt by families who lost loved ones and were kept apart due to the virus, to the insidious structural racism and disparities continuing to harm our society, it has been a challenging time for all of us. Older adults and their families have disproportionately suffered the consequences, especially older adults of color and those living in nursing homes. As we reflect on the past year, our commitment to rapidly improving the care of older adults has only grown deeper and stronger.
Aging and Disability Business Institute;
Developed in partnership with the National Council on Aging, this Policy Spotlight takes a deep dive into a provision of the Supporting Older Americans Act of 2020 that approves the creation of the Research, Demonstration and Evaluation Center (the Center) for the Aging Network. This new resource also explores potential opportunities and action steps for the Center that would help the Aging Network modernize and strengthen aging services.
Latino Community Foundation of Colorado;
This final report provides insights on Latino Age Wave Colorado (LAWC). Launched in 2010, LAWC was the longest running program of the Latino Community Foundation of Colorado, and served as the inspiration and guide for much of LCFC's strategic planning over its lifetime.
Center for Consumer Engagement in Health Innovation, Community Catalyst in partnership with Leading Age LTSS Center @UMass Boston, authored a report outlining policy options to improve the integration of health care services with affordable housing for low-income older people.In recent years, there has been an increased recognition of the impact of stable and quality housing on health outcomes, including for older adults with complex health and social needs. Moreover, the COVID-19 pandemic, which severely impacted older adults and particularly older adults of color, has forced a rethinking of our long-term care system. As we straddle the pandemic and post-pandemic world, we have a unique window of opportunity to re-envision care for older adults that meets their needs.Through focus groups with low-income older adults and stakeholder interviews, research surfaced five key building blocks for success:Emphasizing collaboration;Ensuring resident control;Being aware of what matters to residents;Making it easier to secure capital and finance projects; andConvening stakeholders to grow connectivity within the fieldClick "Download" to access this resource online.
Meeting The World's Midcareer Challenge is based on a survey of 3,800 employed and unemployed people, and 1,404 hiring managers to reveal global employment trends.The report sheds light on the reality of the jobs market for those aged 45-60 in seven countries — Brazil, India, Italy, Singapore, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States — with a particular focus on those seeking or working in entry-level and intermediate roles with no formal post-secondary educational background and low income levels. The findings highlight the stark unemployment challenges faced by midcareer workers across the world, offering insight into why they struggle.These trends existed before the pandemic, but this research also demonstrates that COVID-19 has harmed employment opportunities and worsened employment conditions for midcareer workers. 37% of those switching jobs in their midcareer and over 50% of those seeking work, say that COVID-19 has had a major impact on their employment status.
The Improving Access to Palliative Care Special Collection was available as a searchable online collection from 2014 until 2021. This collection was made possible by The Atlantic Philanthropies. A bibliography detailing the contents of the collection follows this archive description. Titles continue to be accessible via www.issuelab.org.Archived date: August 4, 2021Collection title: Improving Access to Palliative Care Special CollectionCollection URL: https://palliativecare.issuelab.orgAvailability: 2014-2021Title count: 119 titlesCreator: IssueLab, a service of Foundation CenterDescription: Will you get the care you need when you face a serious illness? It depends on who you are and where you live. This collection brings together evidence and insights about the millions of people worldwide who are denied access to palliative care and what organizations are doing to help them.Themes:"Who Is Affected?" - People with Addictions; People with Cancer; People with Chronic Illness; People with Dementia; People at the End of Life; People with HIV/AIDS; People with Mental Illness; People in Pain; People Living in Underserved Countries; People Living in Underserved Regions; People Living in Rural Communities; People in an Assisted Living Facility; People in a Community-based Care Setting; People in an Elderly Care Facility; People in a Home-based Care Setting; People in a Homeless Shelter; People in Hospice; People in a Hospital; People in Prison; People with a Disability"What Are Common Barriers?" - Racial and Ethnic Discrimination; Gender and Sexuality Discrimination; Age Discrimination; Cultural & Religious Discrimination; Illiteracy; Lack of Legal Recognition; Language Barriers; Medical Staff Discrimination/Ignorance; Drug Costs; Inadequate Funding; Payment Structures; Poverty; Eligibility Criteria; Time Limits on Care; Distance to Services; Drug Availability; Insufficient Palliative Care Staff/Physicians; Lack of Facilities/Beds; Lack of Medical Equipment; Lack of Psychosocial Care; Lack of Coordination Between Providers; Lack of Government Coordination; Lack of Referrals or Late Referrals; Limited Patient Data Tracking Systems; Overly Restrictive Drug Policies/Laws; Fear of Addiction; Lack of Knowledge About Palliative Care Options; Lack of Understanding About Conditions; Poor Communication Between Providers & Patients"What Are Some Recommended Solutions?" - Additional Research on Attitudes Towards Palliative Care; Additional Research on Models of Care; Additional Research on Needs of Specific Communities or Populations; Additional Research on the Value of Hospice and Palliative Care; Bereavement Support; Caregiver Support and Engagement; Greater Availability of Pain-relief Drugs; Psychosocial Support; Alternative Payment Structures; Community Education About the Need for Advanced Care Planning; Greater Trust and Awareness Through Existing Leaders; Increased Community Awareness About Palliative Care Options; Cultural Brokerage Services; Staff with Similar Demographics as Clients; Translation Services; Better Tracking of Patient Data and Preferences; Greater Knowledge Sharing; Stronger Referral Networks and Systems; Greater Community Engagement and Partnership; Greater Coordination Between Providers; Integration into Community-based Settings; Integration Into Disease Control Strategies; Integration Into Home-care Systems; National Palliative Care Policies; Recognition of Legal Rights of Specific Populations; Recognition of Palliative Care as a Human Right; Reform of Drug Control Regulations; Palliative Care Training for Medical Staff; Train Staff in Culturally Sensitive Care
Trust for America's Health;
This brief outlines current housing challenges faced by older adults and potential areas for public health intervention. It summarizes existing programs that offer housing support for older adults and offers recommendations in each of the five key roles for public health.
Aging and Disability Business Institute;
This toolkit offers guidance for aging and disability community-based organizations (CBOs), such as Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) and Centers for Independent Living (CILs), that are in the early stages of seeking to contract with health care providers and payers to provide home and community-based services and supports. CBOs at various stages of contracting with health care entities can use this toolkit as a primer on how to conduct outreach and how to craft messages best suited to potential contracting targets.