Entries by Editorial Staff

Announcing Pioneer Institute’s 2018 Better Government Competition Topic: “Making Higher Education & Career Training Options Affordable & Effective”

Each year, the Better Government Competition focuses on one of the country’s greatest public policy challenges. Families today are struggling to afford college, young adults are saddled with crippling debt, and government workforce development programs and existing education models have not been reliable pipelines to stable employment. In recognition of these challenges, Pioneer Institute’s 2018 […]

Pioneer Institute Announces Winner of 26th Annual Better Government Competition

MIT AgeLab Founder, Massachusetts Governor to Headline Awards Gala BOSTON – Pioneer Institute is pleased to announce that Boston-based Hebrew SeniorLife is the winner of the 26th annual Better Government Competition. The contest received nearly 100 entries from agencies and organizations across the U.S. on the topic, “Aging in America.” The winner, together with five […]

2017 Better Government Competition Winner: Hebrew SeniorLife’s R3: Right Care, Right Place, Right Time

Submitted by: Kim Brooks, Chief Operating Officer, Senior Living, Hebrew SeniorLife The needs of seniors in supportive housing span a range of issues. Physical health issues decrease mobility, impede gross and fine motor skills, and affect vision, making it difficult to maintain independence. These seniors are at increased risk of falling, a primary cause of emergency transports […]

2017 Runner Up: Home Suite Home: Older Adults with Developmental Disabilities and Seniors Age Together in Supportive Affordable Senior Housing

Submitted by: Amy Schectman and Rimma Zelfand, Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly and Jewish Family & Children’s Services Individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities are living longer. The number of adults with ID/DD aged 60 and older is projected to nearly double between 2000 and 2030. There is need for affordable, supportive housing for […]

2017 Runner Up: Ride-Share Option for Participants of MBTA RIDE Program

Submitted by: Ben Schutzman, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority The RIDE, Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority’s (MBTA) paratransit service, provides door-to door, shared-ride transportation to eligible people who cannot always or ever use fixed-route transit (bus, subway, trolley) because of a physical, cognitive or mental disability. Many customers rely on The RIDE as a lifeline, but its […]

2017 Runner Up: Mobilizing the Talent of Older Adults to Support Critical Government Services

Submitted by: Doug Dickson, Encore Boston Network As older adults leave the workforce in Massachusetts, we face two challenges: a) how to keep individuals active, healthy and engaged, and b) how to retain the benefit of their skills and experience. At the same time, following the high profile deaths of children involved with the Massachusetts […]

2017 Runner Up: Early Detection and Treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease

Submitted by: Professor David L. Weimer and Dr. Mark Sager The prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease will nearly triple in the U.S. by 2050. This increase will mean higher long-term care costs. Plausible estimates of annual costs to the U.S. economy attributable to AD already surpass 200 billion dollars. AD patients impose costs on Medicare about […]

2017 Runner Up: Minnesota’s Return to Community Initiative (RTCI)

Submitted by: Loren Colman and Krista Boston, MinnesotaHelp Network By 2025, the cost of nursing home and continued care retirement facilities is projected to rise in the United States to $260 billion. Long-term residents account for the largest number of nursing home days and concomitant costs. Private paying residents face large out of pocket expense; […]

2017 Special Recognition: Boston Medical Center Elders Living at Home Program

Submitted by: Eileen O’Brien and Samantha Morton   Aging Right in the Community, a joint program of Boston Medical Center’s Elder’s Living at Home Program and MLPB (formerly Medical-Legal Partnership | Boston), works to prevent homelessness among Greater Boston’s most at-risk older residents. A recent Boston census estimated that 2,400 homeless individuals were over 51 […]