aging in place

How To Get Covid-19 Vaccine To Homebound Older Adults

In December, I wrote about how important it is to get the Covid-19 vaccine to millions of homebound older adults, younger people with disabilities,  and their caregivers.  It won’t be easy, but here are some ways to build on existing programs and housing arrangements. People with severe chronic disease and functional or cognitive limitations are extremely vulnerable to severe illness [...]

By |2021-02-01T11:28:59-05:00February 1st, 2021|aging in place|5 Comments

States Must Rapidly Deliver Coronavirus Vaccine To Frail Elders Living At Home

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has put residents and staff of nursing homes and assisted living facilities near the top of the list for receiving a covid-19 vaccine. That is the right call. But public health officials should not forget about the millions of frail older adults living at home who are at risk of dying from [...]

By |2020-12-17T11:15:33-05:00December 17th, 2020|aging in place|9 Comments

Moving More Medical And Long-Term Care To Seniors’ Homes

Changes in technology, new government payment models, managed care, and consumer preferences all are shifting services for frail older adults and younger people with disabilities from facilities to home. These models will create new options for consumers and threaten to disrupt the business models of hospitals, traditional nursing homes, and other long-term care facilities. These care models come with a [...]

By |2020-09-14T11:27:40-04:00September 14th, 2020|aging in place|1 Comment

Home Care Agencies And Workers Are The Next Ground Zero For COVID-19

Nursing homes and other senior living facilities are not the only places where COVID-19 is creating a health care crisis for frail older adults and their care providers. The other setting at risk: private homes, where the vast majority of older adults get both personal and post-acute care.  And the pandemic is creating enormous challenges for those seniors, their families, [...]

By |2020-04-16T14:04:43-04:00April 16th, 2020|aging in place|5 Comments

The Special Challenges Of Nearly 11 Million Seniors Who Live In Rural Communities

When we think about older adults in the US, we usually focus on those living in cities or suburbs. By doing so, we forget about the rural elderly, who represent an outsized share of people living in these communities and who have very special challenges. According to a new report by the US Census bureau, about 10.6 million older adults [...]

By |2019-10-28T10:33:36-04:00October 28th, 2019|aging in place|1 Comment

Is Maine Ready For A Universal Home Care Benefit For Seniors And People With Disabilities?

On Tuesday, voters in Maine will decide whether to create the nation’s first universal public home care benefit for older adults and younger people with disabilities. The hotly debated referendum, Ballot Question 1, would be funded through a surtax on high-income households. The measure was introduced by the Main People’s Alliance and is supported by many progressive and consumer groups. [...]

By |2018-10-31T10:58:54-04:00October 31st, 2018|aging in place, long term care reform|0 Comments

Using Housing As a Hub For Senior Services

Most seniors want to age at home rather than move to a senior living facility. But this choice brings many challenges, including the risks of social isolation, limited access to medical care and supportive services, and the potential for falls or other injuries that come from living in a home that is unsafe for a frail older adult. But there [...]

By |2018-04-04T14:21:28-04:00April 4th, 2018|aging in place|0 Comments

How To Reduce Loneliness In Old Age

Isolation and loneliness are serious problems for older adults. They become less mobile, their friends and relatives die, hearing loss and other physical limitations make it harder to communicate with others, and seniors are often reluctant to even try to make new friends. Young people, they say, are not interested, and, as for other older people, why bother, they will [...]

By |2018-03-22T17:43:19-04:00March 22nd, 2018|aging in place|7 Comments

Where Will Our Personal Care Aides Come From?

As we age, become frail, and need personal assistance, we will increasingly require paid aides to help us with routine daily activities, such as bathing, dressing, or cooking. Demand for those aides will increase by 50 percent over just the next decade, to 3 million. But where will they come from? Aides are poorly paid, have little opportunity for advancement, [...]

By |2018-02-28T10:06:33-05:00February 28th, 2018|aging in place|2 Comments

The Risks Of Social Isolation For Older Adults

Socially-isolated older adults are likely to be sicker and die sooner, and have higher health care expenses, than seniors who retain their social connections. A new study by researchers from the AARP Public Policy Institute, Stanford University, and Harvard finds that Medicare spends an estimated $6.7 billion more each year on seniors who have little social contact with others. About [...]

By |2018-02-14T12:43:53-05:00November 29th, 2017|aging in place|8 Comments