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The LeadingAge Center for Applied Research brings a breadth of knowledge and experience to a wide variety of research areas. The center has earned a national reputation for its ability to translate research findings into real-world policies and practices that improve the lives of older Americans and their caregivers.

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Our Job is to Enable Well-Being

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. In her November blog, Robyn Stone shares evidence that Gawande is absolutely right.

IOM: The Most Influential Organization You’ve Never Heard Of

Many of Robyn Stone's friends nodded politely a few weeks back when she told them that she had been elected to the Institute of Medicine (IOM). In her latest blog, Stone offers her own unsolicited responses to 2 questions she believes her friends—and others—should be asking about the IOM.

McHugh Winner: Bringing Systems Change to the Nursing Home

Elizabeth Tracy, RN, has played a critical role in bringing culture change to the Health Center at John Knox Village in Pompano Beach, FL. The 2014 winner of the Joan Anne McHugh Award for Leadership in Long-Term Care Nursing offers some tips for making and sustaining systems change.

McHugh Finalists: 8 Nurse Leaders Who Deserve Recognition

Each year, a committee convened by the LeadingAge Center for Applied Research reviews nominations for the annual Joan Anne McHugh Award for Leadership in Long-Term Care Nursing. And each year, committee members wish they could present more than one McHugh Award at the LeadingAge Annual Meeting. Meet the 8 finalists for this year's award.

Transitioning from Care to Engagement

Robyn Stone, executive director of the LeadingAge Center for Applied Research, addressed LeadingAge members during a General Session at this year’s Annual Meeting in Nashville. Here is a transcript of her talk.