In his annual State of the Commonwealth Address, Governor Charlie Baker announced that Massachusetts has joined the network of AARP Age-Friendly States and the World Health Organization Global Network of Age Friendly Cities and Communities. Continue reading
The Future City annual competition for middle school students begins with the question: how can we make the world a better place? Each year, a theme provides competing students with more focused direction and for 2018, the theme is “The Age-Friendly City.”
Periodically, the Healthy Aging Collaborative will share news articles from local efforts to make cities, towns and regions in Massachusetts Age- and Dementia Friendly.
Check out the following articles on the momentum of this movement building across the state.
- Towns, businesses urged to become dementia friendly Worcester Telegram & Gazette
- Dartmouth starts its quest to be more ‘age-friendly’ with a survey for seniors Southcoast Today
- Easthampton non-profit to lead ‘dementia-friendly Massachusetts’ initiative MassLive
- Governor Baker Declares that Massachusetts Will Become “Age-Friendly State” The Westfield News
Researchers from the University of Liege in Belgium found that ageism can be common in children, but kids who have a good relationship with their grandparents are less likely to become prejudiced against older adults. Continue reading
MassHealth continues to hold public meetings to relay information about a shift to a new system of provider-led organizations called Accountable Care Organizations, or ACOs, which are accountable for a population, based on members who have chosen a Primary Care Clinician that is part of the ACO.
As many publications do, the Boston Globe interviewed experts who could reveal some insight on what 2018 might bring for the business community regionally and nationally.
Alongside healthcare, technology and real estate predictions, the Globe story singled out the Age-Friendly Communities movement as a major trend to keep an eye on. The article makes note of how cities and towns from all across the state are taking part in the movement that focuses on improving quality of life and community livability for not only older adults, but people of all ages. Continue reading
In December 2017 WCAI, the Cape and Islands NPR station, debuted a new series about aging http://www.bit.ly/2AmngU0.
On December 13, 2017 The Point broadcast with host Mindy Todd highlighted three Cape and Islands age-friendly initiatives. Guests on the program were Kathi Bailey, Director of Senior Services at the Town Of Yarmouth; Vaira Harik, Senior project manager at Barnstable County Human services; and Paddy Moore, chair of Healthy Aging Martha’s Vineyard.
Britain is an international leader in creating Dementia Friendly Communities and one more business sector is joining the movement happening across the Atlantic. British cinemas have launched an initiative where a welcoming environment is made for those living with dementia as well as their caregivers. Continue reading