|Residence||Center Valley, Pennsylvania|
|Alma mater||University of Waterloo
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
|Occupation||Advocate, Journalist, Videographer|
Martin Bayne is a blogger and advocate for assisted living who suffers from Parkinson’s disease. Bayne is a former journalist and CEO of New York Long Term Care Brokers. After the onset of Parkinson’s disease, he dedicated his time to supporting the elderly and advocating retirement home and assisted living reform. Bayne has been featured on NPR, The Washington Post, and The New York Times.
Early Life and Background
Martin Bayne was born in Binghamton, New York in 1950. From October, 1972 to July, 1976 Bayne trained as a monk at Shasta Abbey, a Soto Zen Buddhist monastery in Mt. Shasta, California. He attended the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada, and earned his bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary sciences in 1979. Afterward, he earned his Master’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a thesis focusing on accelerated production of human interferon from PolyI-PolyC induced fibroblasts.
Bayne began his career as a mutual fund broker, and worked for nearly a decade before starting his publication of Mr. Long Term Care, a newsletter devoted to long term healthcare insurance and support for those needing care services. He also founded New York Long Term Care Brokers in 1991, which became one of the largest insurance companies for long term care coverage in the United States.
Bayne was diagnosed with young onset Parkinson’s disease in 1995 at the age of 45. Several years later at the age of 53, he began staying at an assisted living facility. There, he received first-hand experience of the challenges that face residents in assisted living homes. This prompted Bayne to start his blog, The Voice of Aging Boomers, where he writes about his experiences and advocates reform of assisted living facilities, including improved handicap accessibility, social interaction, and available equipment.
In 2013, Bayne won the American College of Health Care Administrator's Public Service Award.
Bayne advocates for elder care.
- "Advocate Fights 'Ambient Despair' In Assisted Living". NPR.org. September 6, 2012. Retrieved 10 May 2013.
- "Profile: Martin Bayne". Retrieved 10 May 2013.
- JUDITH GRAHAM (March 20, 2013). "How to Live in Assisted Living". The New York Times. Retrieved 10 May 2013.
- Martin Bayne (July 9, 2012). "A man depicts the often grim atmosphere in assisted living facilities". The Washington Post. Retrieved 10 May 2013.
- "About Martin Bayne". Retrieved 10 May 2013.
- "Getting you the Best available Long Term Care insurance information is the reason we have created this site.". Mr. Long-Term Care. Retrieved 10 May 2013.
- "Mr. Long-Term Care's Story - Part 1". Mr. Long-Term Care. Retrieved 10 May 2013.
- Milton D. Carrero (January 23, 2012). "An unusual superhero". The Morning Call. Retrieved 10 May 2013.
- "MAY 2030". The Voice of Aging Boomers. Retrieved 10 May 2013.
- "A Room With A Grim View: The ‘Ambient Despair’ That Marks Life In Assisted Living". Health Affairs. Retrieved 10 May 2013.
- "Martin Bayne on Turning the Stream of Compassion Within". Retrieved 10 May 2013.
- "The Voice of Aging Boomers (Press Release)". The Voice of Aging Boomers. Retrieved 11 June 2013.
- "From the front lines, a fight for aging boomers". Philly.com. Retrieved 24 June 2013.