The American Planning Association (APA) has awarded 15 locations with the Great Places designation—a recognition for the work of planners and communities in creating great neighborhoods, streets, and public spaces. Two of those are located in Massachusetts. Continue reading
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 September 2018 on the momentum of this movement building across the state. Continue reading
For communities and regions looking to become Age- and Dementia Friendly, as well as their organizational partners, the Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative identifies and shares funding opportunities that help improve livability and well-being. Continue reading
On it’s 200th anniversary, the Topsfield Fair, the olderst agricultural fair in the country, will also be the first to become “Dementia Friendly.” Continue reading
In a great example of Age-Friendly Communities partnering with their local colleges and universities, UMass-Lowell, which has already been working with Lawrence and local organizations for years, will now be focused on helping the city’s own Age-Friendly initiative.
In collaboration with Groundwork Lawrence, the Lawrence Council on Aging and the Mayor’s Health Task Force, UMass-Lowell researchers have a goal of reaching 8,000 residents of all ages and from all parts of the city. Continue reading
MassDOT is asking for comments on its draft Pedestrian Plan, which aims to establish a comprehensive approach for the agency to better operate and maintain the walking infrastructure under its jurisdiction, to make investments in new facilities, and support municipalities in improving walkability. Continue reading
As part of national “employ older workers week,” BerkshireWorks, in collaboration with Elder Services of Berkshire County, Age Friendly Berkshires and AARP Massachusetts, bring you the 50 Plus Job Fair.
It is free and open to the public. The event will be held on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 from 10 AM to noon at the Berkshire Athenaeum, 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield, MA. Continue reading
While 76% of Americans age 50 and older say they prefer to remain in their current residence and 77% would like to live in their community as long as possible, just 59% anticipate they will be able to stay in their community, either in their current home (46%) or a different home still within their community (13%).
Those results are among the key findings in the Home and Community Preferences Survey, which provides data and insights that raise awareness of the importance of making our communities “great places for all ages” and serves as a tool for change in our communities.
See the full chartbook of data here.
Recognizing that service coordinators in affordable senior housing properties play an invaluable role in linking residents to benefits and resources in the community and supporting them as they age, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs surveyed owners/property managers of 1,182 affordable senior housing properties to assess the availability of these positions.
These properties represented over 104,000 housing units for seniors including: Continue reading