Foundation Milestones

In 2017, the Foundation and its grantees launched major initiatives and produced valuable resources to advance better care of older adults.




  • The Foundation awards three new grants, totaling $950,000, to support dementia caregiving and to strengthen aging philanthropy.
  • Terry Fulmer, President, receives The Rosalie S. Wolf Award for her work on the prevention of elder abuse from the American Society on Aging.
  • The Conversation Project releases a new toolkit on being and selecting a health care proxy.
  • The Journal of the American Geriatrics Society publishes the 30-year history of the Foundation’s Centers of Excellence in Geriatric Medicine and Geriatric Psychiatry.
  • The National Academy of Medicine releases its final synthesis paper from the Vital Directions for Health and Health Care Initiative.
  • The American College of Surgeons publishes initial hospital-level surgical care standards for older adults.


  • The Reframing Aging project releases its Gaining Momentum Toolkit.


  • The New York Times cites the Foundation’s “Conversation Stopper” physician survey on barriers to advance care planning.
  • Jane Carmody joins the Foundation as Program Officer.


  • The Foundation awards four new grants, totaling $1.67 million, to improve the care of older adults with complex needs across care settings.
  • Nirav Shah, MD, previously Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Clinical Operations at Kaiser Permanente Southern California and former New York State Health Commissioner, joins the board.
  • Barbara Paul Robinson, Co-Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees, retires from the board after 11 years following a decade of distinguished service as General Counsel.
  • The Foundation releases a statement in support of Congressional hearings on PACE as a promising model.


  • Dr. Jack Rowe launches The John A. Hartford Foundation Aging Society Index at the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics World Congress.
  • The NASEM Roundtable on Quality Care for People with Advanced Illness releases Integrating the Patient and Caregiver Voice into Serious Illness Care.


  • The Home-Centered Care Institute launches its nationwide network for home-based primary care education.


  • The Foundation awards five new grants, totaling $3.6 million, to accelerate the move to age-friendly health systems, support family caregivers, and improve serious illness and end-of-life care.
  • POLITICO holds Aging in America event in DC and launches series.
  • Respecting Choices, an internationally recognized evidence-based model of advance care planning, launches its new website.
  • The Foundation and IHI publish an article in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society on “The Age-Friendly Health System Imperative.”


  • The National PACE Association launches its PACE 2.0 Project web page with resource library.
  • The Center for Medicare Advocacy releases its Outpatient Observation Status Toolkit.
  • The American Academy of Nursing inducts Amy Berman, Senior Program Officer, into the 2017 class of Academy Fellows.


  • Members of Congress share their personal caregiving experiences at a Congressional Stories of Family Caregiving Capitol Hill briefing with the Gerontological Society of America.
  • AARP Public Policy Institute holds 2017 CARE Act Summit.
  • The Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee recommends full implementation of an alternative payment model for the Hospital at Home model, to the HHS Secretary.
  • Kaiser Health News holds event on advance care planning in Washington, DC and via Facebook Live.



  • The Foundation awards three new grants, totaling $833,000, to disseminate evidence and tools that can improve cost and quality outcomes for older adults and to promote policies that strengthen the eldercare workforce.