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Christopher A. Langston, Ph.D., is program director at the John A. Hartford Foundation of New York. He is responsible for the foundation’s grantmaking in support of its mission to enhance the nation’s capacity to care for its older citizens. For more of Christopher Langston’s posts, visit the John A. Hartford Foundation’s Health AGEnda blog or follow them on twitter@JHARTFOUND


On Each Other's Team: What We Can Learn by Listening to Older Adults

Chris Langston | April 10, 2014
If there is a population in which we have the biggest opportunity to see improvements in both cost and quality of care outcomes, it is older Americans. The debate on how best to deliver effective primary care has gone on a long time, sometimes frustratingly so, but it has almost never included a crucial constituency: older adults. The John A. Hartford Foundation is pleased to help change that...

Guest Blog: The End of Life Horror Show: We Can Do Better

Chris Langston | June 12, 2012
Recently, New York Magazine published an agonizing first person cover story by Michael Wolff, 'A Life Worth Ending,' about the terrible choices and harsh reality of illness at the end of his mother's life. The summary slug for the piece says it all: 'The era of medical miracles has created a new phase of aging, as far from living as it is from dying. A son's plea to let his mother go.'