Robyn's Read

Robyn I. Stone, a noted researcher and leading international authority on aging and long-term care policy, joined LeadingAge as the senior vice president of Research. Dr. Stone periodically shares her perspectives on the center’s research work and on policy issues affecting older adults. 


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Lights! Camera! Action!

After 2 years of intensive planning, the LeadingAge LTSS Center @ UMass Boston has taken its place on the national research stage.

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  1. What We Can Learn from Taiwan about Caring for Older People

    Imagine how exciting it would be to design a whole new system of care for older adults—entirely from scratch. You’d be working with a clean slate, unencumbered by the temptation to retain old ways of operating, simply because “we’ve always done it this way.” You could look critically at existing systems with an eye toward ...

  2. What Computer Geeks Taught Me About the Future of Aging

    Sometime in the near future, our nation may not have enough qualified workers to serve every older American who needs services and supports.That’s more than a little scary, especially for baby boomers who are turning 65 at the rate of about 10,000 a day.I’m one of those baby boomers. But I’m not scared anymore. And I have ...

  3. The Downside of Longevity

    Medical science deserves hearty congratulations for extending the lifespan of Americans to 80 years and beyond. This is truly an impressive feat, considering that most babies born in 1900 did not live past the age of 50. But there’s a problem: When Americans do reach the end of our lives, that same medical establishment finds ...

  4. How Good Data Can Help Low-Income Elderly Age in Community

    In January 2011, Surgeon Atul Gawande wrote an article in The New Yorker magazine that helped change the way many of us look at the quality and cost of health care delivery.

  5. 2 Ways to Take Culture Change to the Next Level

    When Hurricane Katrina devastated the southern United States in 2005, it didn’t spare the Gulfport, MS, campus of the Armed Forces Retirement Home (AFRH). The storm surge destroyed the first floor of the retirement community, which primarily serves retired military personnel. The damage was so significant that the building’s ...