Braintree and Reading, MA (April 24, 2018) – Twelve residents of Peter Sanborn Place, managed by full-service real estate and property management firm Peabody Properties, recently participated in a research study conducted by Northeastern University to better understand the health, social and personal needs of those 65 years or older living with care requirements.

The research study was conducted over the course of several months and comprised of four phases, including an initial interview with each participating resident, observation of daily activities, a log of daily activities completed by the resident and a feedback interview.

The study’s goal is to design a program to help improve communication and care of residents age 65 and older with a chronic illness by connecting them to a wide range of services to better align needs, skills and resources.

Led by Dr. Valeria Ramdin, Associate Professor at Northeastern University Bouvé College of Health Sciences, and Dr. Miso Kim, Assistant Professor at Northeastern University College of Arts, Media and Design, the study will contribute to the science of “aging in place.” It will serve to aid elders in maintaining their autonomy while entrusting themselves to supportive communities of care like Peter Sanborn Place, a senior living community of 73 apartment houses.

An informational brunch hosted by Northeastern University was held on April 23rd at Peter Sanborn Place upon completion of the study.

The research study will be presented to Alice Bonner, Secretary of Elder Affairs with the Executive Office of Elder Affairs, during a May 9th visit to Peter Sanborn Place and has been accepted for presentation at conferences in Florida, Texas, London and Milan.

“The Peter Sanborn Place community is honored to have participated in this important study,” said Kim Manzelli, RN/BSN and Resident Care Coordinator at Peter Sanborn Place. “The challenges faced by seniors with chronic health issues are many, and the desire for a level of autonomy is just one of those challenges. We are proud to be a part of research that may ultimately enhance the ‘aging in place’ momentum this country now champions.”