aging in place

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+00:00October 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+00:00April 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+00:00March 22nd, 2018|aging in place|1 Comment

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+00:00February 28th, 2018|aging in place|1 Comment

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+00:00November 29th, 2017|aging in place|1 Comment

On-Demand Services Can Help Seniors Ease Age In Place But Be Aware of Their Limits

The uberization of senior services is all the rage. You can download an app and order up a home visit from a doctor. You can get home delivered groceries or prepared foods. And, of course, you can get a ride. While these services were designed primarily for the young and overworked, there are real potential benefits for older adults and [...]

By |2017-07-05T11:07:49+00:00July 5th, 2017|aging in place|0 Comments

Long-Term Care Is Increasingly Becoming Managed Care At Home

Medicaid long-term care is rapidly changing, and some of those trends may eventually remake the way all of us receive personal assistance as we age or become disabled. Nearly half of all states are now providing Medicaid long-term care benefits through managed care, and 13 states are requiring older adults to receive care that way. At the same time, four [...]

By |2016-10-21T14:00:28+00:00October 21st, 2016|aging in place, Care Coordination, Medicaid|3 Comments

How Can You Help Older Adults Age At Home? Ask What They Need, Then Help Them

Here’s an idea: If you want to know how to help frail older adults age at home, start by asking them what’s important. Then, provide the assistance they need to help them reach their goals. Their challenges, and the solutions to them, are usually pretty straightforward—a grab bar in the shower to prevent falls, good nutrition and medication management, or [...]

By |2016-09-22T08:00:56+00:00September 22nd, 2016|aging in place|0 Comments

Democratic and Republican Platforms Back Home-Based Care For Older Adults

For the first time, both major political parties have explicitly recognized in their platforms the need for community-based long-term care. While the Democratic and Republican platforms included few specific recommendations, the fact that they acknowledged the importance of personal assistance and social supports for older adults (and in the Democrats’ case, for younger people with disabilities) is a significant step [...]

By |2016-07-27T12:45:05+00:00July 27th, 2016|aging in place, family caregivers|0 Comments

How much is family caregiving worth?

What are family caregivers worth? As the credit card commercial says, they are priceless. But they also have a financial value. And calculating that value is important as we consider ways to help them. For example, before Congress creates new government supports for family members who help aging parents or other relatives with disabilities, it will want to know if [...]

By |2016-06-10T15:03:33+00:00June 10th, 2016|aging in place, family caregivers|0 Comments