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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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The Downside of Longevity

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 originally appeared in The Huffington Post.

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

Robyn Stone says that 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 originally appeared in The Huffington Post.

How North Carolina is Breaking Down Workforce Training Silos

A new training program in North Carolina will help personal and home care aides (PHCA) move more easily between care settings during their careers.

How LeadingAge Members are Helping AARP Study Affordable Housing

Members of AARP’s National Policy Council (NPC) recently made site visits to 4 LeadingAge members in the Boston area. The council is on a year-long quest to uncover innovative strategies that will help increase the supply of affordable housing for older people and bridge the gap between housing and health care.

Study Documents Higher Health Costs Among HUD-Assisted Seniors

A new study has, for the first time, successfully linked administrative data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). An initial analysis of the data confirmed that HUD-assisted senior residents in the study areas were more likely to be dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid. These residents were also sicker and more costly to both programs than their non-subsidized peers in the community.