Monthly Archives: April 2018

Age-Friendly Berkshires Celebrates Action Plan Launch

Nearly 100 volunteers, supporters and collaborators attended an event at Berkshire Hills Country Club to celebrate the launch of an action plan for Age-Friendly Berkshires.

After several years of work, it was clear that the regional effort of 32 communities and dozens of organizations was worth the wait. Continue reading

Boston Food Resource Maps Aim to Provide Better Access to Healthy Meal Options

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh’s Office of Food Access has created food resource maps in six languages for each of the city’s neighborhoods with a goal of improving the availability to healthy eating options for all residents.

The Massachusetts Municipal Association highlighted the maps in a recent article in their “Community Corner” newsletter that promotes best practices and examples that other cities and towns can follow. The Healthy Aging Collaborative is recognizing the Boston Food Access Maps as a best practice specifically for Age-Friendly Communities. Continue reading

Age-Friendly News Clips: Mid-April

Periodically, the Healthy Aging Collaborative will share news articles that mention state and local efforts to make cities, towns and regions in Massachusetts Age- and Dementia Friendly.

Check out the following articles from mid-April on the momentum of this movement building across the state.

MA Officially Welcomed to AARP Network of Age-Friendly States

A year after launching the Governor’s Council to Address Aging in Massachusetts, Governor Charlie Baker was joined by Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders, Council Co-Chair Eileen Connors and AARP Board President Eric J. Schneidewind today to officially release the Council’s initial recommendations and priorities, and formally mark the Commonwealth’s membership in AARP’s Network of Age-Friendly States.

The Massachusetts Health Aging Collaborative, which is playing a key role in supporting the Age-Friendly State effort, was on hand with several Executive Committee and Advisory Council members in attendance. Continue reading

Tufts Health Plan Foundation Commits $250,000 to Support Age-Friendly Massachusetts

Tufts Health Plan Foundation is investing $250,000 over the next five years to accelerate Massachusetts’ age-friendly efforts. The announcement came during the AARP Massachusetts 2018 Volunteer Engagement Conference, where Governor Charlie Baker also released the initial blueprint of recommendations by the Governor’s Council to Address Aging in Massachusetts. Continue reading

AARP Livable Communities Team Releases Housing Workbook

Housing issues show up as a common concern in many communities that commit to becoming Age- and Dementia Friendly.

In their “Roadmap to Livability” Series, AARP has officially released the third book that focuses on helping communities assess and set goals for improving housing accessibility, affordability, maintenance and modifications.

Download the Housing Workbook here!

Age-Friendly Funding Opportunity Round-up

Proof of momentum in the Age-Friendly movement can be seen with new communities joining the network of cities and towns, but also with the funding opportunities that advance not only local efforts, but also the broader healthy aging work of stakeholders.

The Healthy Aging Collaborative hopes the following three funding programs will be the first in a new periodic series that raises awareness about funding support for Age-Friendly activities. Continue reading