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The impact of allowing nurses to offer basic health services in Massachusetts assisted living residences

A new report from the LeadingAge LTSS Center @UMass Boston and Collective Insight shares the experiences of residents, family caregivers, and nurses in Massachusetts assisted living residences (ALRs) during the pandemic, when an executive order allowed ALR nurses to deliver… Continue Reading →

Report offers action steps for supporting family caregivers

Family caregivers are a critical link in the network of providing long term services and supports (LTSS). Yet their needs are often overlooked. By collecting concerns, suggestions, and priorities from a diverse range of stakeholders working with family caregivers, a… Continue Reading →

Alumni news: Promotions, service, awards, and research

NYU College of Nursing names Bei Wu vice dean for research The Rory Meyers College of Nursing at New York University has named Bei Wu, MS ‘97, PhD ’00, its vice dean for research. Wu has served as inaugural co-director… 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 →

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 →

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 →

“Older Adults and COVID-19: Implications for Aging Policy and Practice”

New webinar explores the impact of the pandemic on older adults View the full slide set here, and a video recording from the 2.5 hour webinar is available here. Edward Alan Miller, Gerontology Department Professor and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal… Continue Reading →

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