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Awards and Events News

2024 Outstanding Federal Legislator Award

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) was named the recipient of the Dignity Alliance Federal “Outstanding Federal Legislator Award.”   The presentation was  made on February 28th in Warren’s Boston Office in the JFK Federal Building at noon.  Janice Rotenberg, Senator Warren’s State Director, accept the award on behalf of the senator who is in Washington presiding at […]

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Advocacy Awards and Events News

Older Adult Lobby Day 2024

February 27 Older adults, organizations and advocates rallied for critical supports to help older adults and people with disabilities live healthy lives in the community. Older adults and people with disabilities want to remain safely in their homes as they age. Many state programs and independent organizations exist to help people remain connected with friends, […]

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News Spotlight

2024-02-27 Spotlight: Aging in the United States

Fact Sheet: Aging in the United States Population Reference Bureau, January 9, 2024By Mark Mather and Paola Scommegna The current growth of the population ages 65 and older, driven by the large baby boom generation—those born between 1946 and 1964—is unprecedented in U.S. history. This aging of the U.S. population has brought both challenges and […]

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Facilities News Perspective

Perspective of a Nursing Home Resident – Penny Shaw

Penny Shaw is a Dignity Alliance Massachusetts participant.  She has lived in a nursing home in Massachusetts for about two decades and is a renowned advocate for residents in long-term care. Penny was a policy advisor to CMS and was part of the White House’s Coronavirus Commission for Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes. What […]

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Facilities News Spotlight

2024-02-20 Spotlight: Owner Incentives and Performance in Healthcare: Private Equity Investment in Nursing Homes

National Bureau of Economic ResearchBy  Atul Gupta, Sabrina T. Howell, Constantine Yannelis & Abhinav GuptaFebruary 2021, revised August 2023 Owner Incentives and Performance in Healthcare: Private Equity Investment in Nursing Homes Summary:Amid an aging population and a growing role for private equity (PE) in elder care, this paper studies how PE ownership affects U.S. nursing […]

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Facilities News Spotlight

2024-02-06 Spotlight: Harmful Findings at Bear Mountain Nursing Facility

DLC Report Finds Harmful Lack of Proper Care for Patients at Bear Mountain Nursing Facility in Worcester Disability Law Center, January 31, 2024 Understaffing, overmedicating, and isolating practices plague facility’s long-term patients; Weak state standards; lackluster enforcement contribute to woeful conditions The Disability Law Center, Inc. (DLC), the Commonwealth’s Protection and Advocacy system, today released […]

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Facilities News Spotlight

2024-01-30 Spotlight: Fernald School: Waltham is letting a historic property fall apart

*Boston Globe, January 29, 2024By The Editorial Board The city bought the 190-acre property in part using money from the state and promised to preserve the site. But it has let the buildings fall into disrepair. The shameful state of records left behind at the shuttered Walter E. Fernald School is a big scandal and […]

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Awards and Events News Spotlight

2024-01-25 Spotlight: Neal Honored by DignityMA

Neal is a former chair, and current ranking member, of the US House Committee on Ways and Means which deals with Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and other issues affecting older adults and people with disabilities. “Ranking Member Neal has been a strong champion for nursing home residents and individuals needing long-term care and services.  He […]

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Advocacy Housing News Testimony

DignityMA Supports The Affordable Homes Act

Testimony by DignityMA members Listen to Brianna Zimmerman (STAVROS) at approximately 7 hours 15 minutes, and Sandy Novak at 9 hours and 39 minutes. View 10+ hours of testimony. DignityMA written TESTIMONY IN SUPPORT OF H. 4138 Dignity Alliance Massachusetts applauds the Healey-Driscoll Administration for their leadership in addressing the issue of housing as proposed […]

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Advocacy Behavioral Health Facilities Home and Community Based News Spotlight

2024-01-18 Spotlight: Scrutinize private equity’s involvement in health care

*Boston Globe, January 17, 2024By The Editorial Board Higher prices, worse outcomes don’t serve patients or providers. When Pamela Daly got new wheelchair brakes, they rattled and didn’t work. She complained to the manufacturer but after a month was still waiting for replacements. Daly, a disability rights advocate, was late to an event at the […]