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September 30, 2017
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Affluent Policyholders Dominate Market for Long-Term Care Insurance

This originally appeared in the Gerontology Institute blog written by Steven Syre.

More than ever, private long-term care coverage is an insurance product likely to be purchased by affluent customers.

New research by Marc Cohen, co-director of the LeadingAge LTSS Center @UMass Boston, and co-author Eileen Tell found that four of every five buyers of long-term care coverage earned $50,000 per year or more in 2015. People in that income category accounted for just 20 percent of long-term care sales in 1995.

The shift corresponds with significant increase in the cost of the coverage over time. “Fewer middle income people are attracted to the product at current prices,” Cohen and Tell wrote in the latest edition (issue 45) of Long-Term Care News, a publication of the Society of Actuaries.  Read more.

September 29, 2017
by McCormack Speaks

Who has the keys to electric vehicles?

This originally appeared in The Boston Globe as an op-ed written by David W. Cash, dean of the John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies.

electric carRecently, Volvo announced that by 2019, all of its new cars will be either fully electric or hybrids, and Tesla said it is beginning production of its mass-market Model 3. In Frankfurt’s annual auto show, electric vehicles dominated. In the United States, more than 33 models of electric vehicles are already on display, promising consumer driving that is cleaner — and also cheaper.

Soon, electric vehicles will no longer be niche cars driven by the environmentally conscious. They will be lined up at the Dunkin’ drive-thru. They will be vans driven by soccer moms. They will be the only kind of cars carried by Avis and Hertz. They will make up the fleets of self-driving car services, as well as buses and trucks. Continue Reading →

September 29, 2017
by McCormack Speaks

Kathrin Boerner Wins NIA Grant to Study Senior Child-Parent Relationship

This blog, written by Steven Syre, originally appeared on the Geronotology Institute blog.

Picture of Professor Kathrin Boerner, McCormack Graduate SchoolIncreasing longevity has given rise to a new phenomenon that was once considered rare: generations of family members reaching old age together.

Senior children and very old parents are not so unusual anymore. “And virtually nothing is known about the relationships of very old adults and their ‘old’ children,” said Kathrin Boerner, associate professor of gerontology at UMass Boston’s McCormack Graduate School.

Boerner recently received a $419,855 grant from the National Institute on Aging to study the relationships of parents older than 95 with a child older than 65. Her work will examine the relationships of 120 such parent-child pairs. Read more.

September 27, 2017
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McCormack Center Director Delivers Keynote Paper at a Global Conference in Britain

Professor Adenrele Awotona, director of the Center for Rebuilding Sustainable Communities after Disasters, delivered an invited keynote paper at the “International Conference on Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies” in London.

Awotona’s paper, titled “Slums of Despair, Global Disasters and Public Health,” examined the complex connections among people’s vulnerabilities to disasters, the ubiquity of slums, and the resilience of their plentiful dwellers globally, and public health.

He noted, “In spite of the various actions that have been taken by national governments and multilateral aid agencies to reduce the risk of disasters and their social, economic, and environmental impacts on slums, more far-reaching work still needs to be done, urgently. This is because the growth and persistence of slums in developing countries threaten public health and the national security of the United States.” Read more.

September 25, 2017
by McCormack Speaks

Gerontology Institute Pilot Grants Give Researchers a Funding Boost

This blog originally appeared on the Gerontology Institute blog, written by Steven Syre.

open book and eye glassesHow do some researchers get a leg up in the hyper-competitive world of grant funding?

One important source of funds, the National Institute on Aging, only has the financial resources to support 15 percent of grant applications. And that’s an improvement from the odds of success in other recent years.

Most applications to elite agencies like NIA are of high quality, so simply presenting a good idea usually is not enough. Researchers can improve their chances of funding success by developing some preliminary evidence a project hypothesis has merit.

That’s the point behind the Gerontology Institute’s Pilot Grant program, launched in 2016. The awards support researchers in the initial stages of their work, seed funding for promising projects. Read more.


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