A recent Boston Globe article highlighted the state’s struggling performance on the elder economic security index, a tool developed by UMass Boston and promoted by healthy aging advocates.
As the article states, “More than 60 percent of single older adults in the state can’t afford food, housing, or other living expenses, the second-highest rate in the country, behind only Mississippi.” The problem is even more pronounced for women and people of color.
Turning to potential solutions, the article notes Governor Charlie Baker’s Council to Address Aging in Massachusetts and the Age-Friendly Communities movement, specifically the City of Boston’s 75-point action plan, which includes many elements aimed at bolstering an older adult resident’s ability to remain economically secure and independent.
Anyone interested in commenting to the Governor’s Council in regards to elder economic security, or any other suggestions to enhance the well-being of older adults in Massachusetts, can submit written comments here.
The Governor’s Council to Address Aging in Massachusetts has held listening sessions in Gloucester, Worcester and Barnstable with the final opportunity to verbally offer feedback occurring in Pittsfield.
The session will take place on August 2nd, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Elder Services of Berkshire County (877 South Street, Suite 4E, Pittsfield, MA 01201)
The 24-member Council is charged with developing a plan to promote healthy aging in Massachusetts, and to achieve the goal of making the Commonwealth the most age-friendly state for people of all ages.
Specifically, the Governor’s Council would like to hear about:
- What factors make your community a great place to grow older?
- How can we support families that include one or more older adults?
- How can we promote more human connectedness (reduce loneliness, isolation) in communities?
- What are the top two issues or concerns that create barriers to people being able to age well in their communities?
- How can we accelerate innovation to support and connect older adults?
- How can we change public perceptions about aging?
Reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities are available upon request, contact: William Travascio at 617-222-7597 or William.Travascio@state.ma.us
The Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative is pleased to host a job bank and forum for those interested in joining the movement to advance age-friendly and dementia friendly communities, policies and practices across the state!
Please see our jobs page and share with colleagues and connections who may have an interest!
In preparation for Falls Prevention Awareness Day in September the National Council on Aging (NCOA) is sponsoring a “photo and story” contest to illustrate and convey the great work being done nationwide to prevent falls.
Winners will receive prizes issued to the individual/organization submitting the entry and will be featured in NCOA materials, including information provided to the media and on the organizations website. Prizes are: 1st prize: $300; 2nd prize: $250; 3rd prize: $200. Photo entries must be submitted by August 25 at 11:59pm ET.
Details are available in NCOA’s Photo Contest Flyer.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) requests responses from individuals/organizations interested in participating on the new Determination of Need’s Community Health Initiative (CHI) Statewide Initiative Advisory Committee and/or the CHI Healthy Aging Fund Advisory Committee.
The Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative (MHAC) encourages its members and partners to consider the Healthy Aging Fund Advisory Committee, specifically. DPH is partnering with the Executive Office of Elder Affairs (EOEA) to establish and consult an Advisory Committee to develop and implement the CHI Healthy Aging Fund Initiative. MHAC applauds DPH and EOEA for prioritizing Healthy Aging as an area of focus. Continue reading
Governor Charlie Baker’s Council to Address Aging in Massachusetts will hold listening sessions in the Berkshires and on Cape Cod to hear ideas from across the state about how to make the Commonwealth the most livable state for people of all ages.
The Council will advise the Administration on policy to support healthy aging. The public is invited.
The Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative will be present at both sessions and encourages any individual or organization with suggestions to join to present verbal comments at either of the following opportunities: Continue reading