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Becoming age-friendlier: Helping a Massachusetts town better serve its older population

In 2019, two residents of Swampscott, Massachusetts, contracted with UMass Boston gerontologist Caitlin Coyle, PhD, to guide their work in shaping age-friendly initiatives for their town. Coyle, an adjunct assistant professor and fellow of the Gerontology Institute, was struck by… Continue Reading →

Facing COVID, Councils on Aging adapt to continue serving clients

Series of surveys document how Massachusetts centers are responding to the pandemic Staff members mastered hosting Zoom meetings. They wore masks, stocked hand sanitizer, and limited walk-in offerings. They prepared and delivered many more weekly meals, and they made many… Continue Reading →

The Pandemic’s Long-Term Impacts on Food Insecurity Among Older Adults, and the Benefit of Federal Help

A tragic aspect of the pandemic’s prolonged economic downturn – the rising rate of food insecurity in the United States – could impact older, poorer adults and their families for years to come, according to a study by researchers at… 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 →

Jan Mutchler to head UMass Boston Gerontology Institute

Professor Jan Mutchler, a faculty member at University of Massachusetts Boston for more than 20 years and the founding Director of the Center for Social and Demographic Research on Aging (CSDRA), has been appointed director of the Gerontology Institute at… 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 →

Engaging People with Dementia

Management of Aging Services grad awarded $500K grant to support project begun at UMass Boston A modest decline of memory loss is fairly common in aging. But, Debby Dodds MAS ’14 says she could “see the disenfranchisement of early-stage memory… 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 →

Nursing Home Reimbursement: A case study

The current financing structure of Pennsylvania nursing homes is not sustainable Nursing homes play a critical role delivering long-term services and supports (LTSS) to older adults and individuals under the age of 65 with disabilities. Despite this, these facilities face… Continue Reading →

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