Michael Joyce is a multimedia producer at HealthNewsReview.org and tweets as @mlmjoyce
About 6 percent of older Americans live in nursing homes. However, nearly half of us over the age of 65 will spend some time in a nursing home at some point in our life.
But for many who live in nursing homes — or have loved ones who live there — the most important issues have to do with quality of life. Things like: privacy, dignity, food, activities, autonomy, security, relationships and comfort.
These are things Tetyana Shippee knows about first hand … even though she is only in her thirties. And this is her story:
In the podcast you’ll hear Dr. Shippee, an assistant professor at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, refer to these resources which are quite helpful in choosing a nursing home:
Here are some links to the research that came from Dr. Shippee’s experience living in the nursing home:
With regard to journalists being embedded in nursing homes, there are some fascinating examples:
An article published last month by STAT about the value of young people living in retirement communities.
There’s a wealth of excellent reporting. These collections are great starting points:
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