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.
Since the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released the report "Dying in America: Improving Quality and Honoring Individual Preferences Near the End of Life" with findings and recommendation regarding palliative care, the national media has extensively covered the dialogue revolving around supporting practice and policy solutions for seriously ill people and their families. Hartford grantee and Director of the Center to Advance Palliatice Care (CAPC) Diane E. Meier, who served on the committee appointed by the Institute of Medicine to create the report, has since been featured in various interviews and publications speaking about palliative care.
The Cambia Health Foundation recently announced the new cohort for the Sojourns Scholar Leadship Program. The program, which is a new initiative designed to identify, cultivate and advance the next generation of palliative care leaders, provides ten promising palliative care doctors and nurses with $180,000 in funding to conduct an innovative impactful clinical, research, education or policy project in the field of palliative care. Among those named were Abraham Brody (Hartford Institute Geriatric Undergraduate Scholars) and Elizabeth Lindenberger (Hartford Change AGEnt).
A recent New York Times op-ed features Beeson Scholar Dr. Jason Karlawish's thoughts on aging in the 21st century, "Too Young Too Die, Too Old to Worry." Here he presents the question, "When should we set aside a life lived for the future and, instead, embrace the pleasures of the present?" Dr. Karlawish describes advances in the science of forecasting life expectancy. For example, physician researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, and at Harvard, (including fellow Beeson Scholars Drs. Sei Lee and Mara Schonberg) have developed ePrognosis, a website that collates 19 risk calculators that an older adult can use to calculate her likelihood of dying in the next six months to 10 years. He argues that websites like these can be a convenient vehicle to disseminate information to patients, but that complex actuarial data — including its uncertainties and limitations — are best conveyed during a face-to-face, doctor-patient conversation.
The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation engaged the American Institutes for Research and an eight-member steering group of healthcare leaders to bring together a diverse group of individuals and organizations with broad experience in healthcare, and patient and family engagement specifically, to create a unified vision for how we meaningfully engage patients and their families in the delivery of care. This group included patients, advocates, clinicians, researchers, payers, funders and policy makers. The result is a Roadmap for Patient and Family Engagement in Healthcare Practice and Research.
Applications for the 2015 Paul Beeson Career Development Awards in Aging Research Program are currently being acceted. The National Institute on Aging (NIA), The Atlantic Philanthropies (USA), The John A. Hartford Foundation, and the National Institute on Neurological Disorders and Strokes (NINDS) are collaborating on this initiative to sustain and promote the research careers of clinically trained individuals who are pursuing research careers in aging. It is anticipated that five to seven awards of $600,000 to $800,000 will be granted in 2015. Deadline for application receipt date is November 7, 2014. More information can be found here.