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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 ...

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 ...

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

Fact Sheet: Aging in the United States Population Reference Bureau, January 9, 2024
By 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 ...

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 ...

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

National Bureau of Economic Research
By Atul Gupta, Sabrina T. Howell, Constantine Yannelis & Abhinav Gupta
February 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 ...

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 ...

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

*Boston Globe, January 29, 2024
By 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 ...

Private Equity

The toxic effects that Private Equity investments have had on healthcare, caregiving, durable medical equipment and nursing homes is a hot topic at DignityMA. We have compiled several opinions and resources on this issue. Two books on the subject (Not vetted by DignityMA) ...

2022 State Legislative Awards

On June 15, 2022, Dignity Alliance MA presented awards to state legislators who have demonstrated exceptional work on long term services and supports. Outstanding Dignity Legislators 2021-2022 Senator Patricia Jehlen Senator Patricia Jehlen is, without doubt, the “GO TO” senator on all issues concerning nursing home transformative reform and elder ...

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 ...

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 ...

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

*Boston Globe, January 17, 2024
By 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 ...

2024-01-09 Spotlight: New Way to Care for Older People in Britain

In a British Town, a New Way of Caring for Older People Is Bringing Hope New York Times (free access)
By Megan Specia, December 29, 2023 For 12 years after her husband died, Norma Fitzgerald tried to maintain her independence, living alone in an apartment on the outskirts of Hull, in ...

2024-01-02 Spotlight: U.S. Nursing Home Finances: Spending, Profitability and Capital Structure

This study, United States' Nursing Home Finances: Spending, Profitability, and Capital Structure, was issued by the Long Term Care Community Coalition.  The entire text, including footnotes, can be accessed at the above link.

By Charlene Harrington, Richard Mollot, and Dunc Williams, Jr.
Sage Journals, December 19, 2023

Abstract
Little is known about nursing home ...

2023-12-19 Spotlight: Understaffed and neglected: How real estate investors reshaped assisted living

The Washington Post (free access), December 17, 2023
By Douglas MacMillan and Christopher Rowland Surveillance video captured a 97-year-old woman’s death outside the locked doors of a high-end Colorado home, a symptom of deeper problems in the $34 billion industry. . . Conceived about 40 years ago to give seniors more freedom ...

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Documenting Our Disability History My name is Sandy Novack, and I have served on the Disability Policy Consortium Board of Directors since 2018.  I am also the Chair of the Board's Advocacy Committee. Last month, at the DPC annual awards event, I announced a history project that DPC plans to ...

Study Session – Briefing on Bill H.4193: An Act to improve quality and oversight of long-term care

The December 20, 2023 study session detailed provisions of the comprehensive long-term care reform bill passed by the MA House of Representatives on November 15, 2023 and pending before the MA Senate. Read the Slides accompanying the study session The video is ...

2023-12-12 Spotlight: The Old New Way to Provide Cheap Housing

The New York Times (free access)
December 9, 2023 By Nicholas Kristof Homelessness is an American tragedy, but it’s not hopeless. In a recent column, I explored how Houston has become a national model by reducing homelessness by more than 60 percent. One takeaway is that homelessness, above all, reflects a ...

Study Session:  Briefing on The Affordable Homes Act – H 4138

The study session on December 15, 2023, provided details on the housing bond bill proposed by Governor Maura Healey. The video captions have been edited for clarity. Content begins around 10:30. Presenter: ...