Academic journal article Generations

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Academic journal article Generations

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Consumer direction in long-term care encompasses the most pressing issues in the field of aging today, spanning concerns ranging from service provision, housing, and quality of life to the nature of the individual's relationship to his or her own care. For such a topic, Generations is particularly fortunate to have as guest editor Robyn Stone, whose distinguished career in research, policy, and practice has placed her at the forefront of efforts to address these concerns.

Stone is a well-known researcher and international authority on healthcare and aging policy. She served the Clinton administration in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as deputy assistant secretary for disability, aging and long-term care policy and as assistant secretary for aging. Previously, she was a senior researcher at the National Center for Health Services Research and at Project Hope's Center for Health Affairs. She was on the staff of the 1989 Bipartisan Commission on Comprehensive Health Care and the 1993 Clinton administration Task Force on Health Care Reform. She holds a doctorate in public health.

Stone's wide-ranging career has always had at its heart two consistent themes-aging and public service. "Both of these are passions I owe to my grandmother," she says. "I had a strong relationship with her and I saw a lot of wisdom and savvy in how she lived her life, so I was always interested in figuring out how to create good environments for people as they aged. She encouraged me to care about social problems and to think about solutions." Stone says she chose to focus on public health because so many of the issues of aging center around health, in the broadest sense. `Ihe health of an aging society is critical and provides a framework for addressing a number of interrelated concerns" she says. …

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