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Meet a researcher: Marc Cohen

Marc Cohen, PhD, worked for decades in private industry before joining UMass Boston in 2016. His transition to an academic setting was nearly seamless, he says, because for all those years, “I was a misplaced academic in the corporate world.”… Continue Reading →

NCOA, LTSS Center create Equity in Aging Research Fellowship

Doctoral student Molly Wylie named inaugural fellow for 2022-23. The National Council on Aging (NCOA) and the LeadingAge LTSS Center @UMass Boston have partnered to create an Equity in Aging Research Fellowship. The one-year graduate research position supports both organizations’… 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 →

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 →

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 →

Elder Index at Work: Helping Improve Access to Medicare Savings Programs in Massachusetts

This article is one in a series of stories about how people across the country are using the Elder Index to understand the true cost of living for older adults and its economic implications. If you know someone who would… Continue Reading →

Elder Index at Work: Defending Property Tax-Relief Programs for Older Homeowners in New Jersey

This article is one in a series of stories about how people across the country are using the Elder Index to understand the true cost of living for older adults and its economic implications. If you know someone who would… Continue Reading →

Economic Hardship From COVID-19 Will Hit Minority Seniors the Most

This article first appeared over the summer on The Conversation website. Marc Cohen is co-director of the LeadingAge LTSS Center @UMass Boston. Jane Tavares is a research fellow at the center. By Marc Cohen and Jane Tavares For Americans 60… Continue Reading →

What I Did on My Summer Vacation: Busy Gerontology Students Mixed Work with Pleasure

Summer is history. Most of UMass Boston’s gerontology students enjoyed the vacation break and hopefully some even found their way to chairs on a beach. But many also worked on gerontology research projects, attended professional events or participated in fellowships… Continue Reading →

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