The Foundation made improving the care of older adults one of its two priorities in 1983 and its sole priority in 1994. To accomplish this, the Foundation adopted a two-part strategy:
- create a field of professionals capable of caring for an aging population, and
- test models of care for older adults.
The paper notes that, "Geriatrics is now a recognized medical, nursing, and social work specialty, although low reimbursement, the stigma associated with caring for older people, and low prestige discourage students from entering it. Foundation-funded models of care have proven viable, and one of them - palliative care - has been widely adopted. The JAHF focused on an important social need for more than three decades, and this targeted and consistent effort has magnified its impact."