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The National Imperative to Improve Nursing Home Quality: Honoring Our Commitment to Residents, Families, and Staff

April 6, 2022

Nursing homes play a unique dual role in the long-term care continuum, serving as a place where people receive needed health care and a place they call home. Ineffective responses to the complex challenges of nursing home care have resulted in a system that often fails to ensure the well-being and safety of nursing home residents. The devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on nursing home residents and staff has renewed attention to the long-standing weaknesses that impede the provision of high-quality nursing home care.With support from a coalition of sponsors, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine formed the Committee on the Quality of Care in Nursing Homes to examine how the United States delivers, finances, regulates, and measures the quality of nursing home care. The National Imperative to Improve Nursing Home Quality: Honoring Our Commitment to Residents, Families, and Staff identifies seven broad goals and supporting recommendations which provide the overarching framework for a comprehensive approach to improving the quality of care in nursing homes.

Gaining Momentum: A FrameWorks Communications Toolkit

March 1, 2017

The way Americans currently think about aging creates obstacles to productive practices and policies. How can the field of aging help build a better understanding of aging, ageism, and what it will take to create a more age-integrated society?Click "Download" to access this resource.

Aging, Agency and the Attribution of Responsibility: Shifting Public Discourse About Older Adults

April 15, 2016

This report analyzes and compares media and advocacy organizations' narratives about aging and older adults. The goal of the report is to suggest communications strategies that advocates can use to push media discourse in more productive directions, and ultimately increase public support for the policies and programs necessary to promote the well-being of older adults, and ensure their full participation in American society

Guaging Aging: Mapping the Gaps Between Expert and Public Understandings of Aging in America

April 30, 2015

This report lays the groundwork for a larger effort to develop a new, evidence-based narrative around the process of aging in our country and the needs and contributions of older adults. By comparing experts' views to those of the general public, the report details a set of communications challenges to elevating public support for policies and programs that promote the well-being of older adults. Key among these issues is the public's view of aging as a decidedly negative and deterministic process, as well as its overall fatalism about our collective ability to find solutions to the challenges of an aging population.

21st Century Senior Centers: Changing the Conversation

February 1, 2010

The purpose of this study was to examine the impact of senior centers on the lives of their participants; to evaluate how senior centers are evolving to meet the challenges of the 21st century; and to examine the challenges faced by administrators in meeting the demands of their constituents, their communities, and their funders (public and private).

Retooling for an Aging America: Building the Health Care Workforce

May 19, 2008

In 2007, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) charged the ad hoc Committee on the Future Health Care Workforce for Older Americans to determine the health care needs of Americans over 65 years of age and to assess those needs through an analysis of the forces that shape the health care workforce.  This report, Retooling for an Aging America: Building the Health Care Workforce, served as a call for fundamental reform in the way the workforce is trained and used to care for older adults. The committee proposed a concurrent three-prong approach:  Enhance the geriatric competence of the entire workforceIncrease the recruitment and retention of geriatric specialists and caregiversImprove the way care is delivered