Aging News Policy


Report to Congress, May 2024 AGING IN THE UNITED STATES: A STRATEGIC FRAMEWORKFOR A NATIONAL PLAN ON AGING by the Interagency Coordinating Committee on Health Aging and Age-friendly Communities, chaired by the Administration for Community Living The four domains of the strategic framework are: Age-Friendly Communities; Coordinated Housing and Support Services; Increased Access to Long-Term […]

Facilities Federal Legislation Long Term Services and Support News Policy

Consumer Voice Statement on H.J. Res. 139 –A Resolution to Block Staffing Standards in Nursing Homes

On May 10, 2024, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule implementing a minimum staffing standard in nursing homes.  The rule will require that nursing homes have a registered nurse on-site 24 hours per day, seven days per week, meet modest minimum staffing requirements, use evidence-based, data-driven methods when determining […]

Facilities News Policy Spotlight

2024-04-22 Spotlight: Biden administration finalizes controversial minimum staffing mandate at nursing homes

Biden administration finalizes controversial minimum staffing mandate at nursing homes CNNApril 22, 2024By Tami Luhby Nursing Home Staffing Mandate Finalized: Balancing Quality Care and Workforce Shortages The Biden administration has finalized the first-ever federal minimum staffing rule for nursing homes. This controversial mandate aims to address chronic understaffing and improve resident care but faces concerns […]

Facilities Home and Community Based News Policy

Dignity Alliance Wants to be Cool!

Media Release Calls for Executive Action and Legislation to promote cooling for older adults and people with disabilities As another heat wave with temperatures in the nineties begins this week, Dignity Alliance Massachusetts is calling on state government to protect older adults and people with disabilities from the dangers of extreme heat. In a letter […]

Covid-19 News Policy

Open Letter from DignityMA regarding Masking, Patient Safety, and Trust

The following two letters were sent to Health System Leaders in Massachusetts, on the occasion of suspending masking requirements and covid protections in health care settings. Download the two letters, or read below from May 10, 2023 Open Letter on Masking, Patient Safety and Trust A call to suspend any end to universal masking and […]

Advocacy News Policy Resolution

Dignity Endorsed Legislation for 2023-2024

The Dignity Dozen The Legislative Work Group has released their initial list of 13 bills supported by Dignity Alliance Massachusetts. These bills will improve the lives of older adults, people with disabilities, and their caregivers. DignityMA has also endorsed a number of legislative proposals sponsored by other organizations. Read this initial document (pdf) to learn […]

Advocacy Facilities News Policy

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.

Facilities Holyoke Soldiers' Home News Policy

Policy Statement on Holyoke Soldier’s Home

Dignity Alliance Massachusetts urges the Commonwealth to put aside the current proposal to construct a 235-bed, congregate care facility and, instead, follow the Veterans Administration’s Small House Model Design Guide to create resident-centered communities focused on the needs and preferences of veterans.  The Small House Model provides exceptional rehabilitative and hospice care and chronic disease […]