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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 →

Report: Health outcomes worsen when providers don’t hear older adults’ preferences

One-third of people 50 and older report that their health care clinicians rarely or never take into account their care preferences. A person’s race, insurance status, and income level affect the quality of person-centered care they receive, according to a… Continue Reading →

MIT names Cohen a Mel King Community Fellow

The Community Innovators Lab at Massachusetts Institute of Technology has appointed Marc Cohen, PhD, to its two-year Mel King Community Fellows Program. Cohen is a professor of gerontology at the University of Massachusetts Boston, co-director of the LeadingAge LTSS Center… Continue Reading →

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 →

Simple question, complex data: Researchers dig into Medicaid reimbursements for nursing home costs

Do Medicaid reimbursement rates to nursing homes cover the costs of the services these facilities provide? That’s the basic question that UMass Boston gerontology researchers will work to answer over the next year. “It’s a common claim that Medicaid reimbursements… Continue Reading →

Researchers Examine Economic Realities of Government Efforts to Recover Medicaid Costs From Beneficiary Estates

Medicaid helps millions of older adults access care and support they need but cannot afford in life. What happens after those people die is the subject of a long-running debate that has taken a new turn. States are required by… 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 →

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