In order to advance our mission of improving the health of older adults, Hartford Foundation staff and grantees use the power of convenings, educational programs and publications to develop and disseminate new ideas, opportunities and best practices. We encourage you to explore the News and Events section for the latest breaking information and innovations related to the care of older adults.
Hartford Grantees Dr. Diane E. Meier and Dr. R. Sean Morrison of Mt. Sinai Hospital were recently mentioned in the New York Times Business Section about the integration of home care visits into some hospitals’ palliative care program.
Hartford Scholar Dr. Gary Epstein-Lubow, a geriatric psychiatrist at Butler Hospital and an assistant professor at Brown University’s Alpert Medical School and School of Public Health, recently sat down with PBS NewsHour to discuss his own family's struggles as caregivers. He also discusses initiatives that are working to improve the resources and access to help for all family caregivers. Dr. Epstein-Lubow’s interview is based on his recent piece featured in the Health Affairs special issue on Alzheimer's disease. The essay, “A Family Disease,” follows the difficulty that Epstein-Lubow and his family had in finding the treatment that his mother-in-law required for dementia and the support that they — her primary caregivers — so badly needed. He also describes his own grandparents’ struggles with the same disease 25 years prior, and notes that as access to family-based solutions remains limited, “the situation today is not much different.”
Hartford Change AGEnts Action Awards are one-year grants for up to $10,000 available to interprofessional teams led by Hartford alumni for the purpose of achieving meaningful change to practice or policy that will improve the health and wellbeing of older adults and/or their families.
Twenty-six members of the House of Representatives has signed a letter to the House Chair and Ranking member of the Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies in support of adequate funding in fiscal year 2015 for programs that will increase the number of health care professional who are prepared to care for the older adult population and support family caregivers.
In the April 2014 thematic issue of Health Affairs, authors explore the many subjects raised by Alzheimer’s disease: the optimal care patients receive and the testing of new models, international comparisons of how the disease is treated, families’ end-of-life dilemmas, a new public-private research collaboration designed to produce improved treatments, and others. Many of the Hartford Foundation’s scholars and grantees contributed to the latest issue of Health Affairs.