Blogs and Podcasts

(randomly ordered for now)


  • Can America Age Gracefully? (New York Times) – The series addresses concerns on caregiving, housing, social isolation, and older adults’ access to useful innovations in technology. On September 10, the NYT featured an editorial as part of a six-part series exploring the question “Can America Age Gracefully?“ Related articles in the series (available via a NYT subscription) provide solution-oriented examples. Several delve into topics that align with the Foundation’s areas of interest and highlight innovative approaches to address these critical concerns, such as: An Aging America Needs Flexible Housing, An Aging America Needs Caregivers Who Are Cared For, and An Aging America Needs Entrepreneurs Who Pay Attention
  • Aging is Happening Blog – Research and Aging Knowledge from USC Leonard Davis Experts
  • Inside NIA A Blog for Researchers – Weekly updates on NIA funding policies and research priorities
  • AARP LTSS Choices Series – AARP Public Policy Institute has launched LTSS Choices—a multifaceted project with an overarching mission to catalyze the transformation and modernization of the nation’s long-term care system into one that meets the dynamic needs and preferences of consumers and their families. This series of reports, blogs, videos, podcasts, and virtual convenings seeks to spark ideas for immediate, intermediate, and long-term options for reforming LTSS. It will showcase current models that could be ramped up now as well as potential innovative models that may take time to fully create. It will emphasize evidence-based solutions and identify regulatory and funding barriers that limit the widespread use of promising practices.
  • Diabetes Chronicles is for people living with this disease and feel like no one around them understands what their life truly is. It is for the mother and the father who cannot articulate the fear that grips them because they were told their child has diabetes. It is for the medical community who sometimes view diabetics as a collection of numbers rather than people who often feel overwhelmed and defeated by those numbers. It is for every diabetic’s friend, loved one, colleague, neighbor, schoolmate, roommate, or soulmate who wants to understand and walk alongside in ways that are real. And it is for those who want to be assured that diabetics can thrive despite the disease, and dare I say, sometimes because of it.
  • Massachusetts Older Adult Behavioral Health Network BlogThe Massachusetts Association for Mental Health collaborated with members of the existing MA Aging and Mental Health Coalition to strengthen and expand the Coalition’s membership and work under its new name, OABHN. The newly energized statewide advocacy network has three principal goals: 1) policy and advocacy; 2) workforce development; and 3) public education.


  • The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care Podcasts – a series of podcasts with national experts and advocates about strategies you can use in the pursuit of quality long-term care.
    • Advocating for Better Nursing Home Laws and Regulations Episode 44, April 11, 2024 – Since the pandemic began, there has been significant efforts by advocates to create better laws and regulations to protect nursing home residents. The pandemic and its devastating impact on nursing home residents has resulted in many states passing new laws or creating new regulations regarding a variety of areas, including staffing, transparency, and the nursing home workforce. On this episode, you will hear from two advocates that have been successful in getting new laws and regulations passed and promulgated. Tony Chicotel, Senior Staff Attorney at California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform and Pam Walz, Supervising Attorney at Community Legal Services in Philadelphia, will discuss recent legislative and regulatory victories and how they helped ensure they were implemented.
    • How Existing Legal Authorities Can Help Fix America’s Nursing Home Crisis Episode 34, March 26, 2024 – Often the conversation about addressing the chronic poor care that exists in far too many of today’s nursing homes is framed around new laws or regulations. Yet, there are steps that can be taken now – using existing federal and state legal authority – to improve care and conditions in our country’s nursing homes. In our conversation, we will discuss four levers of opportunity for increasing quality and accountability in nursing homes with the author of “Using What We Have: How Existing Legal Authorities Can Help Fix America’s Nursing Home Crisis.” Special Guest: Nina Kohn, J.D., the Solomon Center Distinguished Scholar in Elder Law at Yale Law School, the David M. Levy Professor of Law at Syracuse University College of Law, and a leading authority in elder law and the civil rights of older persons.