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Susan Reinhard

Susan C. Reinhard, RN, PhD, FAAN is senior vice president and director of the AARP Public Policy Institute.  She leads the LTSS Choices project and serves as the Chief Strategist for the Center to Champion Nursing in America and Family Caregiving Initiatives.
Her areas of expertise include bridging research, policy, and practice in family caregiving; long-term services and supports; and the health care workforce. Read her full biography.
The coronavirus pandemic dominated our Thinking Policy blog in 2020, just as it dominated everyone’s lives.
In the four weeks from October 19 to November 15, the number of deaths increased by two-thirds, and the number of new cases doubled compared to the previous four weeks.
To support states both in dealing with the crisis in nursing homes and shaping the future of LTSS, the AARP Public Policy Institute (PPI) has created and released three tools this fall: the Nursing Home COVID-19 Dashboard, the LTSS State Scorecard, and the LTSS Choices series.
This report and roadmap provide health systems with direction for eliminating preventable medical harm.
Now is the time for system leaders to reflect on crisis protocol and design long-term operational processes for delivering quality care under new circumstances.
Visitor restriction policies due to COVID-19 mean hospital patients are feeling increasingly isolated and alone with no family or friends at their bedside.
Nurses have always been on the front lines, have always sacrificed to heal and to make others feel better. This year especially, it is a distinctive honor to be part of, and fighting for, the profession whose members are more than ever sacrificing so much during the pandemic of COVID-19.
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The value of unpaid family care is huge. Although policy change is underway, more robust action is needed to support caregiving families.
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Today 20 million family caregivers regularly perform complex medical and nursing tasks for family members or friends, often with little to no instruction. A new series of "how-to" videos can help
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Now in its second year, AARP’s Healthy Living initiative has launched programs to equip people ages 50+ with information and tools they can use to help them manage changes that come with age
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