Blogs by Robyn Stone

Robyn's Read | May 31, 2015

Robyn I. Stone is a noted researcher, a leading international authority on aging and long-term care policy, and Executive Director of the LeadingAge Center for Applied Research. Dr. Stone periodically shares her perspectives on the center’s research work and on policy issues affecting older adults. Here’s a collection of blogs that Dr. Stone has written since 2011.

Robyn I. Stone is a noted researcher, a leading international authority on aging and long-term care policy, and Executive Director of the LeadingAge Center for Applied Research. Dr. Stone periodically shares her perspectives on the center’s research work and on policy issues affecting older adults. Here’s a collection of blogs that Dr. Stone has written since 2011.

Affordable Senior Housing Plus Services

Housing Plus Service: What's Not to Like (Dec. 15, 2014)
The LeadingAge Center for Applied Research has found plenty to like about Housing Plus Services models that use affordable senior housing properties as platforms for the delivery of health and supportive services.

Our Job is to Enable Well-Being (Nov. 17, 2014)
Housing providers like Peter Sanborn Place in Reading, MA, are enabling well-being by providing services that help older residents remain autonomous until the end of life. In his new book, noted author and surgeon Atul Gawande sees this as a sign that we’ve entered a new era of care for aging Americans. He’s absolutely right. (This blog was published by The Huffington Post.)

How Good Data Can Help Low-Income Elderly Age in Community (June 17, 2014)
A new study by the Lewin Group, the LeadingAge Center for Applied Research and The Moran Company sends a powerful message about the dramatic difference that affordable senior housing properties could make in the lives of low-income older adults. (This blog was published by The Huffington Post.)

Let’s Take Affordable Senior Housing to a Whole New Level (Feb. 25, 2014)
Providers of health care and affordable senior housing can change the lives of low-income older adults and help the nation meet its health reform goals. If these partners find creative ways to work together, they can take affordable senior housing to a whole new level.

Why the Time is Right for Housing Plus Services (Dec. 5, 2012)
There’s growing national and international interest in finding better ways to help older people age in place. (This blog was published by The Huffington Post.)

Center for Housing Plus Services: Making it Easier to Age in Place (Nov. 12, 2012)
Aging in place isn’t as easy as it sounds. But a new Center for Housing Plus Services at LeadingAge will change that. (This blog was published by The Huffington Post.)

MacArthur Grant: Reinforcing LeadingAge Imperatives (March 15, 2012)
A $698,000 grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation will help the LeadingAge Center for Applied Research assess whether affordable housing settings can serve as effective platforms for meeting the health and long-term care needs of low-income older residents. The groundbreaking research project will also reinforce 3 of the LeadingAge Leadership Imperatives.


Preserving the Health of the Women Who Care for Mom (May 11, 2015)
Many women inhabit the world of “long-term care,” the system that provides services and supports to help individuals live with functional decline. The welfare of these women deserves particular attention during our nation’s trifecta of May celebrations: Mother’s Day, Older Americans Month, and National Women's Heath Week. (This blog was published by The Huffington Post)

3 Ways You Can Help Develop the Next Generation of LTSS Leaders (April 30, 2015)
A laundry list of challenges will face leaders in the field of long-term services and supports (LTSS) over the next decade. How can we ensure that we'll have leaders with the skills to meet these challenges?

The Immigrant Workforce: It's (Still) Not about Warm Bodies (Jan. 29, 2015)
Immigrant workers may very well provide us with the labor we desperately need to support our aging society. But we need to do more than simply fill direct care jobs with “warm bodies” from other countries. Rather, we must provide immigrant workers with the tools they need to succeed.

IOM: The Most Influential Organization You've Never Heard Of (Oct. 27, 2014)
Here are 2 questions you should be asking about the Institute of Medicine (IOM). (This blog was published by The Huffington Post.)

3 Things You Can Do to Improve Your Parents Care (Oct 18, 2013)
Families should take 3 steps to support the workforce that supports their older relatives. (This blog originally was published by The Huffington Post.)

5 Things HCBS Providers Can Do to Improve Quality (Sept. 22, 2013)
We all have a lot riding on the personal and home care assistants who keep our home and community-based services (HCBS) programs running. But we’ve invested very little in training and supporting them. Here are 5 steps LeadingAge members can take to change that.

Why Workforce and Housing Aren't "Elderly" Issues (Aug. 24, 2013)
Current workforce and housing challenges aren’t “elderly issues.” Those who refuse to face that fact will only fuel intergenerational competition and miss a golden opportunity to work with people of all ages to solve the problems that affect us all. (This blog was published by The Huffington Post.)

Facing Workforce Challenges? Consider Starting an Apprenticeship Program (March 14, 2013)
Providers of long-term services and supports should pay more attention to the benefits that apprenticeship programs can bring to their organizations.

Be Part of Workforce Solutions (Feb. 13, 2012)
A new report suggests that the workforce we’re depending on to care for the nation’s future aging cohort is seriously undervalued. LeadingAge and its members can help change disturbing workforce statistics.

Global Aging

What We Can Learn from Taiwan about Caring for Older People (Sept. 29, 2014)
Americans should watch closely as Taiwan rolls out its new system of care for older people. We might learn some valuable lessons about how to transform our own system of long-term services and supports. 

5 Lessons Singapore Can Teach Us about our Aging World (May 2, 2013)
Singapore is working hard to address the challenges associated with its rapidly growing older population. Its experience can teach the United States 5 important lessons about how it could do the same.

Malta Forum: Sowing Seeds for a Global Aging Research Initiative (Oct. 9, 2012)
An international applied research network would advance our shared knowledge about aging and help providers of aging services create positive outcomes for older people around the world.

Livable Communities: A Discussion at the Bellagio Conference (Sept. 4, 2012)
Livable communities could help providers of aging services support older adults who live within and outside their care settings.

Singapore Journal: How Partnerships Promote Global Solutions (Feb. 17, 2012)
Global partnerships are forging strategies for creating age-friendly communities.

Cognitive and Mental Health

Let's Stop Building "Memory Care" Units (March 20, 2014)
The number of people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias is expected to double by 2030. But that’s no reason to start building more “memory care units.”

Why We Must Address the Mental Health Issues of Older Adults (June 25, 2013)
Recent research links late-life depression with a higher risk for dementia.

Wake-Up Call from the IOM: We're Not Ready to Meet Geriatric Mental Health Needs   (July 18, 2012)
A July 2012 report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Committee on the Mental Health Workforce for Geriatric Populations should serve as a wake-up call for consumers, policy makers, mental health professionals and providers of long-term services and supports. 

Trends in Aging Services

What Computer Geeks Taught Me About the Future of Aging (Aug. 25, 2014)
The key to our future success will be our ability to welcome nontraditional partners to our work. (This blog was published by The Huffington Post.)

The Downside of Longevity (July 14, 2014)
Medical science deserves hearty congratulations for extending the lifespan of Americans to 80 years and beyond. But there’s a problem: When Americans do reach the end of our lives, that same medical establishment finds it very difficult to let us go in peace. (This blog was published by The Huffington Post.)

210 Reasons to be Hopeful about the Future of Aging Services (Nov. 13, 2013)
What impact could 4 trends have on your organization? Responses to that question from 210 board members at LeadingAge member organizations give new hope for the future of aging services.

Intergenerational Collaboration: Why Isn't There More of It? (Aug. 24, 2013)
Why don’t older and younger generations collaborate more to address the big challenges facing our society?

Why Providers Should Follow Southwest Airlines into Uncharted Territory (Feb. 4, 2013)
Aging services providers and their business partners should think more like the management team of Southwest Airlines.

Why Providers of Aging Services Can't Ignore the Ethnic Media (Dec. 18, 2012)
How can LeadingAge members become reliable and credible sources of information for ethnic elderly and their families?  

Transforming Nursing Homes: Advice for Lawmakers (June 14, 2012)
States should be looking for ways to strengthen nursing homes so these valuable organizations can do their best work today and can help their communities tackle future challenges associated with a burgeoning aging population. Here are some ideas to get them started.

2 Ways to Take Culture Change to the Next Level (April 29, 2014)
Providers should take these 2 steps once they’ve established person-centered care as a priority.

Chapters: Public Health for an Aging Society (April 9, 2012)
LeadingAge members should adopt public health strategies that advance the health and well-being of entire communities.

Financial Insecurity

Financial Insecurity: A Painful Reality for Many Older Adults (July 22, 2013)
A growing number of older people are experiencing significant financial stress.

Foreclosures and the Elderly: What if LeadingAge Members Could Help? (Aug. 6, 2012)
Providers of long-term services and supports might be able to salvage something good from the foreclosure crisis through a little creative thinking and a lot of collaboration.

Celebrating and Challenging the Senate Aging Committee (Dec. 22, 2011)
The U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging should be commended for its ongoing support of older Americans. But the Committee needs to explore innovative ways to deploy long-term care and housing resources more effectively.

Research and Evaluation

5 Steps to Launching the Right Program for the Right Reason (Jan. 25, 2014)
Is your organization getting ready to launch an innovative new program? There are 5 steps to ensuring that you’re launching the right program for the right reason. It starts with evaluation.

Meeting Consumer Expectations (May/June 2014)
Understanding what consumers expect from us isn’t enough. Providers of aging services must also figure out how to meet those expectations. Research can help.