Monthly Archives: October 2018

WHO, Grantmakers in Aging Announce Innovation@Home Contest Winners

The desire to live safely and comfortably in our own homes and communities as we grow older is shared around the world, but making it happen is not always easy. To identify successful age-friendly housing innovations and encourage their dissemination, Grantmakers In Aging (GIA) and the WHO Global Network for Age-Friendly Cities and Communities (GNAFCC) launched Innovation@Home — a competition and call for international age-friendly housing practices.

The Innovation@Home winners were announced at the 2018 International Technical Meeting on Ageing at Home, in Québec City, Canada, where representatives from all three groups had the opportunity to make presentations about their programs.

A list of contest winners is available here. Continue reading

Age-Friendly Funding Alert: MA Downtown Initiative

The state’s Department of Housing and Community Development manages the Massachusetts Downtown Initiative (MDI), which offers a range of services and assistance to communities seeking help on how to revitalize their downtowns.

The MDI Technical Assistance Grants are due November 9th and present an opportunity for Age- and Dementia Friendly Communities to build a more comprehensive assessment of livability through. The grant itself provides consultant services to assist a community with its downtown revitalization efforts.

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Loneliness and Social Connections: A National Survey of Adults 45 and Older

About one-third of U.S. adults age 45 and older report feeling lonely — and, due to an increased number of aging adults, the number is growing.

A survey by AARP Foundation finds that those who have low income are especially vulnerable. Nearly half of midlife and older adults with annual incomes of less than $25,000 report being lonely. A full 10 million people over the age of 50 live in poverty in the United States. Continue reading

Fannie Mae Calls for Ideas on Healthy Affordable Housing as part of $10 million Innovation Challenge

Fannie Mae recently announced a call for Ideas on Healthy Affordable Housing. The application period is open until November 1, 2018.

This Call for Ideas is part of The Innovation Challenge, a key component of Fannie Mae’s Sustainable Communities Initiative challenging public, private, and nonprofit sector organizations to reimagine affordable housing as the prescription for a healthy life. Continue reading

Goddard House Hosting Presentation and Discussion on Emotional Health, Loneliness and Social Engagement in Older Adults

Studies of older people have shown that good mental health and greater social
engagement are markers of resilience in aging and may be protective against
cognitive decline. Some studies suggest that treating psychiatric symptoms may
also be protective.

Dr. Nancy Donovan, Director of Geriatric Psychiatry at Brigham & Women’s Hospital, will discuss these findings and her own research that is part of the Harvard Aging Brain Study, a longitudinal study of 270 cognitively healthy older adults. The presentation and discussion will take place at Goddard House Assisted Living in Brookline. Continue reading

Baker-Polito Administration Announces $5 Million in Awards Through Housing Choice Initiative

The Baker-Polito Administration announced nearly $5 million in awards to 31 communities throughout the Commonwealth through two new grant programs under the Housing Choice Initiative.

The Housing Choice Initiative, introduced by Governor Charlie Baker in December 2017, is a comprehensive effort to support the creation of 135,000 new housing units by 2025 to meet the housing needs of Massachusetts’s families, workforce and residents. The Housing Choice Initiative provides incentives, rewards and technical assistance reform to encourage and empower municipalities to plan and build the diverse housing stock that the Commonwealth needs to continue to thrive.   Continue reading