Why These Health Funders Focus on Care, Rather than Cures, for People with Serious Illness

Why These Health Funders Focus on Care, Rather than Cures, for People with Serious Illness

Most health philanthropy consists of chasing breakthrough cures and treatments. But what many ill people want is improved quality of life—which is why two funders recently launched a campaign to raise awareness of the benefits of palliative care.

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Can This Plan Make South Florida the Country's Most Livable Spot for LGBTQ Seniors?

Can This Plan Make South Florida the Country's Most Livable Spot for LGBTQ Seniors?

As in other places, many LGBTQ seniors in South Florida are isolated, depressed, and in poor health. A new foundation-backed collaboration aims to make South Florida the best place in the country for elders who identify as LGBTQ.

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“Aging is Living.” The Couple Working on Several Fronts to Confront a Graying America

“Aging is Living.” The Couple Working on Several Fronts to Confront a Graying America

They sold their company for $1.4 billion. Now, a San Diego couple is working on three fronts—philanthropy, research and policy—to make the United States’ culture and healthcare system more friendly to seniors in an era of rapid demographic transition.

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The Foundation With a Laser Focus on Nursing and the Goal of Transforming Care on a Large Scale

The Foundation With a Laser Focus on Nursing and the Goal of Transforming Care on a Large Scale

While nurses are well positioned to drive systemic improvements in healthcare, very few funders focus on this group. One of them, the Rita & Alex Hillman Foundation, is supporting a nurse-driven aging-in-place model that has the potential to save billions.

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Why a Foundation Wants to Help Low-Income Seniors Stay Put as They Age

Why a Foundation Wants to Help Low-Income Seniors Stay Put as They Age

Research shows many benefits when the elderly stay in their homes and communities. But much needs to be done to create more age-friendly places as the U.S. faces profound demographic shifts. Here’s how one funder is tackling this challenge.

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As America Rapidly Ages, Who's Helping to Find Better Ways to Care for Seniors?

As America Rapidly Ages, Who's Helping to Find Better Ways to Care for Seniors?

An aging America will need vastly more services devoted to elder care, and philanthropy will come under growing pressure to contribute. So far, though, most funders have been tuned out to aging issues. We look at what one of the few national funders in this space has been up to lately.

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Overlooked, But Not Forgotten By This Funder: A Grantmaker Takes on Elder Abuse

Overlooked, But Not Forgotten By This Funder: A Grantmaker Takes on Elder Abuse

With so few funders focused on older Americans, it’s not surprising that there’s little support for work on a big problem like elder abuse. The John A. Hartford Foundation is trying to change by backing a pilot project that it describes as “a visionary approach.”

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A Health Foundation That’s Supporting the Age-Friendly Movement in New England

A Health Foundation That’s Supporting the Age-Friendly Movement in New England

The Tufts Health Plan Foundation has stepped up to the plate for affordable housing in Boston. But it focuses on a niche demographic that's often overlooked in the shuffle: the elderly.

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