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Governor’s Council on Aging 5 Year Report – DignityMA Analysis

September 27, 2022 Download the entire pdf: DignityMA response to the 5 Year Report. Approximately five years ago, the Baker Administration issued an Executive Order establishing a Governor’s Council on Aging in Massachusetts intended to make the Commonwealth an “age-friendly” state and to encourage cities and towns, employers and others to adopt “age-friendly” values, policies […]

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Alzheimer’s Association: National State Assessment on Dementia Policies – Response on Nursing Facility Care

Download the DignityMA Response on Nursing Facility Care (pdf) to the Alzheimer’s Association National State Assessment on Dementia Policies, as submitted 9/30/22 The Alzheimer’s Association is assessing dementia policies nationally and DignityMA provided the attached report. The following questions are answered by Dignity Alliance MA in the response document. Are quality care indicators used in […]

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Consolidation of senior care homes is uprooting hundreds across Massachusetts

Article by Robert Weisman, Globe Staff, October 9, 2022 Dignity Alliance MA member, Paul Lanzikos, is quoted in the article. Hundreds of older folks, many with disabilities, are being uprooted from long-term care homes across Massachusetts this fall in the wake of a brutal pandemic that claimed the lives of nearly 6,900 senior care residents […]

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I-Team: Advocates say nursing home crisis could be looming

Report by Cheryl Fiandaca of the CBS Boston I-Team, September 15, 2022 Dignity Alliance MA members, Arlene Germain and Paul Lanzikos, are interviewed in this report. Watch the CBS I-Team video on Advocates say nursing home crisis could be looming.

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Birthday cards about aging: the joke lands with some, not others

This persistent ageism is no laughing matter Response to Globe article by Margaret Morganroth Gullette, Dignity Alliance MA member. September 28, 2022. Re “To them, the punchline is just plain old mean” by Robert Weisman (Page A1, Sept. 27): When older adults, men and women alike, find themselves the butt of jokes as the recipients […]

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Masking in Facilities

‘A hostile act’: CDC eases masking rules for hospitals and nursing homes, but they won’t apply to Mass. yet The revised guidelines immediately sparked controversy among public health experts. By Felice J. Freyer Globe Staff,Updated September 27, 2022, 8:56 a.m. (FYI: Dignity MA founder, Paul Lanzikos, is quoted below.) New national guidelines released late Friday […]

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COVID-19 Day of Remembrance

Plans to create day of remembrance for COVID-19 victims are languishing State and federal proposals for commemorations remain bottled up amid partisan divide. By Robert Weisman Globe Staff,Updated September 27, 2022, 8:47 p.m. (FYI: Dignity Alliance MA members, Senator Dick Moore and Paul Lanzikos and Arlene Germain are all quoted below.) Should we have a […]

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Ageism in Birthday Cards

Take a look at the birthday cards ageism advocates say are mean and stereotypical A national campaign presses card makers to reframe a common message. By Robert Weisman Boston Globe Staff, Updated September 21, 2022, 6:57 a.m. (FYI: Paul Lanzikos is quoted. Scroll to the bottom) They’ve been a popular gag gift for as long […]

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DignityMA Supports Veto Override to Preserve Special Needs Trusts for Seniors

9/13/22 Dignity Alliance Massachusetts strongly urges the Senate and House of Representatives to override the Governor’s poorly reasoned veto of House Bill 4792 – An Act to Preserve Special Needs Trusts for Disabled Seniors. (See House 5188 for veto message.)  As a statewide coalition of individuals and organizations advocating for older adults, people with disabilities […]

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DignityMA Supports Minimum Staffing Standard

6/10/22 DignityMA response to CMS Request for Information (RFI) to support National Minimum Staffing Standard. Inadequate staffing is the primary driver of poor health outcomes in nursing homes, and CMS has promised to propose a minimum staffing standard within one year.  The RFI follows the Biden Administration’s February 28, 2022 proposal of significant nursing home […]