Monthly Archives: June 2019

MassChallenge HealthTech Awards More Than $200K in Cash Prizes to Top Digital Health Startups

MassChallenge, a global network of zero-equity startup accelerators, recently awarded more than $200K in cash prizes to six elite digital health startups from the 2019 HealthTech accelerator.

Among the awardees was GoGoGrandparent, which was supported by MassChallenge accelerator competition “champions” the Executive Office of Elder Affairs based on the feedback and direction of the Governor’s Council to Address Aging.

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Age-Friendly Funding Alert: MetroCommon 2050 Outreach Mini-Grant Program

At a previous meeting of the Healthy Aging Collaborative’s Advisory Council, the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) presented background on the Greater Boston region’s long-range plan, called MetroCommon 2050. MAPC then ran a special listening session and small group discussion to gather feedback from healthy aging stakeholders on the plan.

Now, MAPC is accepting applications for the MetroCommon 2050 Outreach Mini-Grant Program and will be awarding the mini-grants on a rolling basis until December 2020 for outreach projects to be completed between now and Spring 2021. Continue reading

Age-Friendly Funding Alert: USDA Rural Housing Preservation Grants

The Rural Housing Preservation Grant Program provides grants to sponsoring organizations for the repair or rehabilitation of housing owned or occupied by low- and very-low-income rural citizens.  USDA will award a total of $15,888,420 in Housing Preservation Grant Program funding for the repair and rehabilitation of rural housing units.

More information is listed below and at the grant webpage on the USDA website. Continue reading

AARP Research: Embracing Friendships Across Generations

Americans are reaching across generations for meaningful friendships, a new AARP survey finds.

Although it’s most common to socialize with peers, 37% of adults say they have a close friend who is at least 15 years older or younger than they are. The connections vary somewhat by generation. Gen Xers are most likely to have a close friend from another generation, with 41% reporting having such friendships, compared to 39% of Boomers and 32% of Millennials. Continue reading

CDC: Fall Deaths Increase among U.S. Adults Aged 75 Years or Older

A letter published by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) reports that the number of fall deaths among U.S. adults aged 75 years or older almost tripled from 2000 to 2016. The study analyzed nationally representative vital statistics data and found that the rate of fall deaths increased among all age groups, but increased the most among the oldest age group. Continue reading

Age-Friendly Funding Opportunity: Innovation for the Well Being of Older Adults Mini-Grants

This week, Central Mass Area on Aging (CMAA) in collaboration with the Worcester County Reserve Deputy Association hosted the 21st Annual ElderCare 2019 event. As a result of their generous sponsors, CMAA is able to raise funds that are being redistributed back into the community through this Mini-Grant opportunity. CMAA plans to provide 15-20 Mini-Grants ranging from $500 to $1,000. Continue reading