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Staff Writer Tim Mullaney

Green House, Blue Valentine, and the way people talk about long-term care

Last week, NPR ran a story lauding The Green House Project — and slamming traditional nursing homes. The piece began with this summary of people’s fears: “One thing just about everyone dreads as they age is the possibility of ending up in a nursing home. We all think we know what that’s like: sharing a room with strangers, sitting slumped in a wheelchair all day, rigid schedules, bad smells. And for more than 1 million Americans, this is home.”

Who is ready for 2016?

I imagine, no matter their political affiliation, there’s one thing that vendors in long-term care and politician operatives can agree on: This fall has felt like a marathon. Only the well energized survive, as they either jumped to swing states, set up conference booth after conference booth, or, in the case of the American Health Care Association conference in Florida and LeadingAge Convention in Colorado, did both.

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