Monthly Archives: May 2019

Healthy Living Center of Excellence Recognized by NCOA

The National Council on Aging (NCOA), a trusted national leader working to ensure that every person can age well, is honoring more than a dozen women, men, and organizations around the country who are working toward a just and caring society that allows all of us to age with dignity, purpose, and security. Among the honorees is the Healthy Living Center of Excellence, a partner and Executive Committee member of the Healthy Aging Collaborative. Continue reading

Age-Friendly Funding Alert: BCBS ‘Connecting Consumers with Care’

The Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation of Massachusetts has announced the Connecting Consumers with Care grant program.

This opportunity is available to Massachusetts health centers and community-based organizations that assist low-income and vulnerable populations with accessing, maintaining, and navigating health insurance coverage. For Age-Friendly Communities that include these types of organizations on their steering committees and work-groups, this program provides a support opportunity to assist consumers of all ages with navigating insurance coverage and necessary medical care.

The maximum grant amount is $50,000 per year for up to two years for programmatic funding during the period of October 1, 2019 to September 30, 2021. Continue reading

Age-Friendly Funding Alert: MassWorks Infrastructure Program

Governor Charlie Baker recently announced the opening of the ninth annual MassWorks Infrastructure Program grant award round. This is an opportunity for Age-Friendly communities that have identified built environment projects in their goals.

The 2019 MassWorks grant round will fund projects that empower transformative housing and development that support the long-term vitality of Massachusetts, with a particular focus on projects that enable the production of multi-family housing in mixed-use, transit-serviced districts, and projects that spur economic development in struggling communities. Continue reading

AARP Releases Age-Friendly Community Engagement Tool

Using Cities of Service’s citizen engagement model and experience helping mayors work with residents to solve problems, as well as AARP’s age-friendly-communities model and experience working with communities and volunteers, this free booklet offers examples of effective strategies, initiatives and programs employed by mayors in towns and cities throughout the United States. Continue reading

Access to Amenities Impacts Social Isolation and Sense of Community

Americans who live in closer proximity to community parks, libraries, restaurants, and theaters are more content with their neighborhood, more trusting of others, and less lonely regardless of whether they live in large cities, suburbs, or small cities or towns.

This according to a report from the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) based on their Survey on Community and Society. Continue reading

Idea Exchange Events to Focus on Age and Dementia Friendly Integration

Fresh off the announcement of a new toolkit geared towards helping communities and stakeholders  integrate Age- and Dementia Friendly efforts, the Massachusetts Councils on Aging and Dementia Friendly Massachusetts will be hosting a series of meetings across the state focused on supporting that integration. Continue reading