The City of Salem, through the Salem for All Ages initiative and in partnership with the Salem Chamber of Commerce, has become the latest Age-Friendly Community to partner with its Chamber of Commerce and local business community on an Age-Friendly Business designation or certification. Continue reading
The country’s oldest heart disease study, run by Boston University and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), will research how aging affects the heart and other organs, from the brain to the liver. Continue reading
The MassDOT Transit Unit has announced that the FY2020 Community Transit Grant Program Application Cycle is scheduled to open in May 2019.
The Community Transit Grant Program is MassDOT’s annual competitive grant program to distribute Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Section 5310: Enhanced Mobility of Seniors & Individuals with Disabilities funds, and State Mobility Assistance Program funds. A schedule of this year’s application training sessions is attached to this email, along with a general overview of the 5310/MAP funding programs. Continue reading
Jewish Family & Children’s Service: Community Education and Training Specialist
The Community Education and Training Specialist will join a team that develops and delivers education and training programs and activities focused on promoting mental health among older adults in independent housing and other community settings. This position is a key contributor within the Services for Older Adults division. The Community Education and Training Specialist will work with the team to provide services as part of our Aging Well at Home and Mental Health and Housing services. The Community Education and Training Specialist will develop, market and deliver training and consultation services for providers (staff) and older adults. The ideal candidate will have a mental health background, presentation skills and a strong desire to work with older adults and aging services providers.
AARP’s Public Policy Institute announced a follow-up study that builds on the landmark Home Alone study, which was the first national look at how family caregivers are managing medical/nursing tasks, such as managing medications, changing dressings, and other tasks in the home setting, that are typically performed by trained professionals in hospitals.
The new study – called Home Alone Revisited, focuses on cross-generational and multicultural caregivers and provides a list of 10 recommendations based on their findings.
The Diverse Elders Coalition recently launched a new online survey for family caregivers in communities of color, American Indian and Alaska Native communities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities.
The Caregiving Community Survey is an opportunity for anyone providing care for an aging spouse, partner, parent, grandparent, other relative, neighbor, or friend to anonymously share their experiences and help the Diverse Elders Coalition develop tools and resources to better meet the needs of our communities. Continue reading
A new National Center on Law and Elder Rights “PRACTICE TIP” offers advice to advocates and counselors working with Limited English Proficient (LEP) older adults to better assert their language access rights. 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 March to mid April 2019 on the momentum of this movement building across the state.
- Our view: A system under stress (Gloucester Daily Times)
- Our View: Older Americans hurting for housing, support (Eagle-Tribune)
- How Merrill Lynch Is Planning for Its Customers to Live to 100 (Harvard Business Review)
- Housing Options for Seniors (WCAI – Cape & Islands National Public Radio)
- How family caregiving is impacting employers and employees – Guest viewpoint (MassLive)
- Swampscott residents invited to age-friendly forum (Wicked Local – Swampscott Reporter)
- FriendshipWorks matches seniors, volunteers in Newton (Wicked Local Norwood)
- Not your grandmother’s senior center (Attleboro Sun-Chronicle)
- Teaching the Tewksbury Senior Center a few new tricks (Lowell Sun)
- Belmont enters AARP network of age-friendly states and communities (Belmont Citizen-Herald/Wicked Local)
- Fall River moves toward a dementia- and age-friendly culture (The Herald News – Fall River)
- Acushnet achieves designation as age friendly (SouthCoast Today)
- New Bedford advocates say helping the older population helps the community (SouthCoast Today)
- Road to Town Meeting; Housing Bank Forum Digs Into the Details (Vineyard Gazette)
- Belmont League of Women Voters holds forum (Belmont Citizen-Herald/Wicked Local)
- Model U.N. session in Yarmouth engages young and old (Cape Cod Times)
- AARP’s Age-Friendly Update (Fifty Plus Advocate)
- What your ZIP Code Tells you About Aging in NH (Eagle-Tribune)