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Elder Index: Social Security benefits still don’t cover basic living expenses for many older Americans

The National Council on Aging’s Equity in Aging Collaborative will work with the Gerontology Institute to train advocates on using the Elder Index for more accurate, regionally specific benchmarks of economic security. Nearly a quarter of all Americans age 65… Continue Reading →

Meet a researcher: Pamela Nadash

Pam Nadash calls it “pure happenstance” that she landed as a faculty member in the UMass Boston gerontology department. But her career in nonprofits and public policy—combined with a PhD in public health and political science and her predilection for… Continue Reading →

Meet a Researcher: Qian Song

For most of her research, Qian Song, PhD, has focused on the intersection of migration, families, institutional discrimination, and health. Primarily, she has pursued questions of how early life experiences create health disparities in later life. Currently, for example, she… Continue Reading →

Focusing locally: Researchers drill deep for report on healthy aging in Connecticut

Consider a few facts about older people living in Connecticut: Three of every four suffer from hypertension. One of every three have diabetes. Most older adults across the state own their homes, but the rate of ownership ranges from just… Continue Reading →

Q&A with Jo Owens, author of A Funny Kind of Paradise

Jo Owens became a nursing home aide in Canada out of a need for money, and came away with her calling. And from that experience, the pain and the human glory, came her debut novel A Funny Kind of Paradise,… Continue Reading →

Health Affairs: The Middle Ground For Fixing Long-Term Care Costs: The WISH Act

Our Marc Cohen and co-author Stuart M. Butler published the following piece this week in Health Affairs, revisiting some of the issues we wrote about earlier while taking a deeper look at this long-standing problem. The Middle Ground for Fixing… Continue Reading →

WISH Act and UMass Boston’s Marc Cohen Hope to Transform American Elder Care

Marc Cohen and other academics and policy analysts saw the writing on the wall years ago. With roughly 10,000 Americans turning 65 every day, a decades-old medical and financial storm is now on the horizon when it comes to how… Continue Reading →

Valued Partnership

Internship benefits housing provider and doctoral student while supporting older adult residents When a Boston-based affordable housing developer wanted to survey their residents to better support their health-related needs, they paused. What did they know about approaching older adults to… Continue Reading →

Reinvesting in home and community-based services

How the Biden Administration’s $1.9 trillion relief bill will impact Medicaid in Massachusetts The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) — a COVID-19 relief and recovery package — was signed into law by President Joseph Biden last month. Among the $1.9… Continue Reading →

How Massachusetts Can Become a Living Laboratory for Aging

Reposted from The Boston Globe  Let’s measure what’s going on in cities and towns so we can identify how a community’s aging circumstances change over time. By Elizabeth Dugan associate professor in the Department of Gerontology at the McCormack Graduate… Continue Reading →

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