Monthly Archives: August 2017

BBJ Viewpoint: New Approaches Needed to Address Workforce Challenges

An aging population means an aging workforce, but an Op-Ed in the Boston Business Journal explains how this is not so much a challenge as it is an economic benefit as well as a chance to reverse ageist attitudes.

Lydia Greene, SVP, Chief Human Resources Officer for Tufts Health Plan, responded to an article from August 10th in the BBJ titled “Gray matters: An aging workforce has Mass. companies scrambling to deal with ‘silver tsunami’.” Greene begins by addressing the fact that an aging population and workforce is “an opportunity, not a natural disaster.”

Greene then points out the business case for older workers and a call for Massachusetts to lead the way for taking advantage of the positives that older workers bring.

“As a region, we are known for ingenuity and resourcefulness,” Greene writes. “Let’s lead the way in establishing age-friendly business practices to help us meet the needs of all generations.”

Enter Your Age- and Dementia Friendly Efforts for Mass Municipal Association Innovation Award

More and more cities and towns across the state are taking up Age- and Dementia Friendly commitments and now communities have a chance to be recognized by the Massachusetts Municipal Association for that work through the organization’s annual Innovation Awards.

Mass Municipal Association (MMA) criteria states that “any project or program that has been successfully implemented in your municipality and that may serve as a model for other communities could be considered innovative. Innovations should address a problem common to municipalities in Massachusetts in a new and different way. Innovative programs can be instituted in any area of local government.” Continue reading

Brandeis University Hosting Healthy Aging Conference

The Brandeis Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (BOLLI) will host Adventures in Creative Retirement at Brandeis University on Sept. 9, 2017 with a focus on healthy aging and aging in community.

The all-day conference brings together dynamic thought leadership on issues facing a generation of Americans approaching retirement. Conference content will be grounded in research and evidence-based scholarship, offering participants different pathways for becoming engaged with three important themes within their lives: health and wellness, housing, and community. Continue reading

MeHI and Elder Affairs Seek Guidance on Advanced Care Planning Technology

The Massachusetts eHealth Institute (MeHI’s) has announced a Request for Information for Sharing of Advanced Care Planning Documents (“RFI”) at this link: RFI for Sharing of ACP Documents.

MeHI is working in collaboration with other stakeholders, including the MA Executive Office of Elder Affairs and the Massachusetts Coalition for Serious Illness Care (“the Coalition”), to examine architectures and technologies that can be used by providers to reliably share Advanced Care Planning (ACP) documents electronically – across systems and platforms – and to improve the ability of clinicians, emergency medical services, and other caregivers to quickly and reliably identify a patient’s wishes and care preferences.  Continue reading

New Report Guides Efforts to Build Age- and Dementia Friendly Communities

Over the past seven months, we’ve worked closely to align the efforts of the Collaborative with our partners working to build age- and dementia friendly communities across the Commonwealth.

Using as a guide the “Better Together” Report from AARP that crosswalks the age- and dementia friendly processes and toolkits, the Collaborative has coordinated outreach and engagement efforts with AARP-Massachusetts and Dementia Friendly Massachusetts. MHAC has also been working with those partners and the Alzheimer’s Association of Massachusetts/New Hampshire on tracking age- and dementia friendly commitments from cities and towns.

We now have a new resource to support these efforts. Tufts Health Plan Foundation just released the Report on Demographics, Programs, and Services for an Age- and Dementia-Friendly Commonwealth. This report provides a comprehensive look at the current activities and resources to support people living with dementia and their caregivers in our state. Research was conducted by Elizabeth Dugan, PhD, Nina M. Silverstein, PhD, Shuangshuang Wang, Bon Kim, and Natalie Pitheckoff from the Gerontology Institute of the John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Continue reading