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Champions of Aging

Elma Holder

The nursing homes activist watched out for vulnerable citizens

From the mid-1970s until her retirement in the early 2000s, Elma Holder did as much as anyone to protect some of America's most vulnerable citizens — older nursing home residents — from neglect and abuse. As the cofounder of the National Citizens' Coalition for Nursing Home Reform (NCCNHR), Holder fought tirelessly to improve conditions in, and increase oversight of, long-term care facilities. The effort culminated in passage of the landmark Nursing Home Reform Law of 1987. After that, Holder worked just as hard to make sure the law was aggressively enforced. … Back to Article

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