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How the MacArthur ‘Genius Grants’ Help Us All

The MacArthur Foundation has announced its 2013 MacArthur Fellows. Each year, the foundation provides stipends of $625,000 – popularly known as “genius grants” – to encourage “people of outstanding talent” to pursue their ambitions in the arts, sciences, education, social entrepreneurship and other fields.

One of the great things about the MacArthur grants is that they benefit the rest of us, because recipients often do work that touch our lives in one way or another. Past fellows have included people such as Dr. Eric Coleman, a geriatrician at the University of Colorado, Denver who received a 2012 grant to further his effort to reduce health-care errors, and Marie-Therese Connolly, a 2011 fellow, who has crusaded against neglect and abuse in nursing homes.

Here are a few of this year’s recipients who are also doing work that may benefit older Americans:


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