Grantmakers in Aging Summit on HIV and Aging
On September 14-15th, Grantmakers in Aging convened the Moving Ahead Together Working Summit, a first of its kind national event to connect the HIV/AIDS and Aging Services communities. Nany D. Zionts, JHF COO/Chief Program Officer, has served as a member of the Steering Committee for that event for the past year, helping to draft the Framework for the Future that was the subject of the Summit. Nancy served as one of the facilitators for both the Complexities and Considerations and Integrating and Improving Care and Services sections of the report. With over 50% of those with HIV/AIDS now over the age of 50, the top priority for the two-day event was mapping a way forward to improve the quality of life for people aging with HIV. Aging with HIV is still a relatively new phenomenon, which creates both considerable challenges and an important opportunity to support this evolving field and improve the care, wellbeing, and quality of life of older people living with HIV. JHF has always had strong foci on HIV/AIDS and Aging, but like the services networks that serve those populations, this work has been largely siloed. Richard Smith, HIV/AIDS Project Director, and Nancy are excited to use this framework as an opportunity for their teams to learn from each other, recognizing that a closer connection between them would benefit older people living with HIV in many respects.