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Robyn Stone
Robyn I. Stone is the Executive Director, LeadingAge Center for Applied Research and Senior Vice President of Research. A noted researcher and leading international authority on aging and long-term care policy, she joined LeadingAge to establish and oversee the LeadingAge Center for Applied Research.

Stone came to LeadingAge from the International Longevity Center-USA in New York, N.Y., where she was executive director and chief operating officer. Previously, she worked for the Federal Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (now known as the Agency for Health care Research and Quality).

Stone also served the White House as deputy assistant secretary for disability, aging and long-term care policy and as acting assistant secretary for aging in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under the Clinton administration. She was a senior researcher at the National Center for Health Services as well as at Project Hope's Center for Health Affairs.

Stone was on the staff of the 1989 Bipartisan Commission on Comprehensive Health Care and the 1993 Clinton administration's Task Force on Health Care Reform. Stone holds a doctorate in public health from the University of California, Berkeley.

Entries by Robyn Stone

Our Job Is to Enable Well-Being

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2014 | 2:12 PM

In 2012, noted author and surgeon Atul Gawande went on a mission to find community-based service models that could help older people live successfully "all the way to the end of their lives."

He found one such model at Peter Sanborn Place, a 73-unit affordable housing property and LeadingAge...

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IOM: The Most Influential Organization You've Never Heard Of

(0) Comments | Posted October 31, 2014 | 1:58 PM

Many of my friends nodded politely a few weeks back when I told them that I had been elected to the Institute of Medicine (IOM).

They knew from the tone of my voice that this election was a huge honor for me. But, despite my enthusiasm, the...

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What We Can Learn From Taiwan About Aging

(1) Comments | Posted October 7, 2014 | 7:24 AM

Imagine how exciting it would be to design a whole new system of care for older adults --entirely from scratch.

You'd be working with a clean slate, unencumbered by the temptation to retain old ways of operating, simply because "we've always done it this way."

You could look...

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What Computer Geeks Taught Me About the Future of Aging

(2) Comments | Posted August 8, 2014 | 5:38 PM


Sometime in the near future, our nation may not have enough qualified workers to serve every older American who needs services and supports.

That's more than a little scary, especially for baby boomers who are turning 65 at the rate...

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The Downside of Longevity

(0) Comments | Posted July 10, 2014 | 6:48 PM

Medical science deserves hearty congratulations for extending the lifespan of Americans to 80 years and beyond. This is truly an impressive feat, considering that most babies born in 1900 did not live past the age of 50.

But there's a problem: When Americans do reach the end of our...

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How Good Data Can Help Low-Income Elderly Age in Community

(0) Comments | Posted June 13, 2014 | 6:42 PM

In January 2011, surgeon Atul Gawande wrote an article in The New Yorker magazine that helped change the way many of us look at the quality and cost of health care delivery.

Gawande's article, called "The Hot Spotters," suggested that we might be able to lower medical costs...

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3 Things You Can Do To Improve Your Parents' Care

(1) Comments | Posted October 16, 2013 | 8:14 AM

It's no surprise that most older adults, when given the choice, say they would prefer to stay in their own homes for as long as possible.

But what if those older adults develop physical and cognitive challenges? Who helps them fulfill their preference to age in place?

If you...

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Why Workforce and Housing Aren't 'Elderly' Issues

(0) Comments | Posted August 26, 2013 | 5:25 PM

Providers of long-term services and supports spend a good deal of time worrying about their ability to house and care for a rapidly growing older population over the next several decades.

There's plenty to worry about. By 2030, we're likely to find ourselves providing housing and services too many...

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Making a Difference by Making Mental Health and Geriatrics Care a National Priority

(2) Comments | Posted June 25, 2013 | 2:41 PM

Adam Simning wants to make a difference.

Specifically, he wants to do something about the pervasive mental health needs of this country's older population.

There's only one hitch: It's going to take him about 10 years to get all the training he needs to pursue his chosen field...

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Why the Time Is Right for Housing Plus Services

(2) Comments | Posted December 4, 2012 | 7:00 PM

As executive director of the LeadingAge Center for Applied Research, I regularly have the pleasure of meeting with aging experts across the country and around the world to discuss issues that are important to older people.

I've noticed that a growing number of these meeting are beginning to center...

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Making it Easier to Age in Place

(1) Comments | Posted October 11, 2012 | 6:40 PM

"Aging in place isn't as easy as it sounds."

I heard these words recently from a friend who lost her husband less than a year ago. She was exasperated and I didn't blame her. Her face still showed the strain of her years of caregiving. She had worked very hard...

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