Entries by Editorial Staff

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 […]

2017 Special Recognition: Wisconsin Coalition for Collaborative Excellence in Assisted Living

Submitted by: Kevin Coughlin Assisted living communities (ALCs) have emerged as important components of long-term care. In some states, there are now more beds in ALCs than in nursing homes. In Wisconsin alone, there are 3,679 licensed facilities. The sheer size of the ALC market has taxed the capacity of state regulators. The Wisconsin Coalition […]

2017 Better Government Competition Awards Gala

Please join Pioneer Institute at an awards gala recognizing the winner and finalists of the 26th annual Better Government Competition. The 2017 contest sought proposals to ensure a better future for aging citizens. The Keynote Address will be delivered by Joseph F. Coughlin, Ph.D., Founder and Director of the MIT AgeLab. When Monday, June 19, […]

Improving Access To Health Systems Available To Older Patients

Guest post by Alex Carlin As more Americans age in place, policymakers face a number of challenges in ensuring adequate healthcare access for older adults. A central concern is the growing divide between the services available to elders living in urban settings and those in rural communities. In less densely populated areas, which often have […]